Apply now for a Newcastle Schools 16-19 Bursary

  • Are you starting Year 12, 13 or 14 at a Newcastle secondary school or academy in September? 
  • You may be entitled to a bursary to support you during term time.
  • The money is paid directly to you and can be used to help you with your studies.

What is the 16 to 19 school bursary scheme?

16 to 19 Bursary Funds are designed to support pupils to remain in education. To be eligible you must meet specific eligibility criteria and you will need to agree to standards of attendance and behavior with your school in order to receive the money.

In Newcastle most of our secondary schools/academies have agreed a joint scheme called the Newcastle Schools 16-19 Bursary Scheme – see list of participating schools later in this guidance.  Newcastle City Council look after the scheme on their behalf and manage any applications.  Schools/academies that are part of the Scheme will have further information on the Scheme, if required.

Note - Other post-16 providers in Newcastle and the surrounding area have their own bursary schemes, it is always worth asking to see what support is available to you.

Who is eligible for the bursary scheme?

The Newcastle Schools’ 16 to 19 Bursary Scheme offers two types of bursary. You can only apply for one type, depending on your personal circumstances.

Standard bursary

To be eligible for the standard bursary you must meet all four of the following conditions:

  • attend a school in Newcastle which is part of the scheme
  • be starting Year 12, 13 or 14 in September 2017
  • be aged between 16 and 18 on 31 August 2017
  • Living in a household with an annual income (including benefits and tax credits) below £21,858 before tax and national insurance or between £21,858.00 and £25,000.00

Enhanced bursary

To be eligible for the enhanced bursary you must meet all four of the following conditions:

  1. attend a school in Newcastle which is part of the scheme
  2. be starting Year 12,13 or 14 in September 2017
  3. be aged between 16 and 18 on 31 August 2017
  4. belong to one of the following groups:
  • be in care; or
  • have left care having been in care for a minimum of 3 months since the age of 14; or
  • receiving income support or Universal Credit in their own right; or
  • receiving both Employment Support Allowance and Disability living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments

Weekly amounts are paid during term time (up to 39 weeks each academic year) and will be paid in arrears.

If you are eligible for the enhanced bursary you will entitled to £1,200 paid in installments in arrears during term time only.

How much will I get?

Standard Bursary

If you live in a household with an income of £21,858.00 or less (including benefits) you will receive £15 per week whilst you are in year 12 and £17.22 per week whilst in year 13 or 14.

If you live in a household with an income of between £21,858.00 and £25,000.00 or less (including benefits) you will receive £10 per week whilst you are in years 12/13/14.

Enhanced Bursary

If you are eligible for the Enhanced Bursary, you will be entitled to £1,200 paid in instalments in arrears during term time only.

Is my school part of the Newcastle schools’ scheme?

The following schools are all part of this scheme.

  • Benfield School
  • Excelsior Academy
  • Gosforth Academy
  • Heaton Manor School
  • Kenton School
  • Sir Charles Parsons School
  • St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School
  • St Mary’s Catholic Comprehensive School
  • Studio West School
  • Thomas Bewick School
  • Walbottle Campus
  • Walker Technology College

What can I use the bursary for?

The bursary is to help with costs related to your studies e.g. transport, books equipment or other miscellaneous costs associated with your course.

Are there any conditions attached to the scheme?

Yes - your school will expect your attendance and behaviour to be good. They will discuss and arrange a ‘Learner Agreement’ with you that will set out their expected standards of attendance and behaviour.  The ongoing payment of your bursary will be conditional on you meeting the requirements of your ‘Learner Agreement’.

How do I apply?

Complete the online Newcastle 16-19 Bursary application, which can be found here.

If you are applying for the Standard Bursary your parent/carer will also be required to complete part of the form and evidence will need to be provided of household income to support the application. Any supporting documentation should be uploaded with your online application following the instructions that will appear on the screen during the application process. All documentation should relate to this year's financial/current year, so for example for Tax Credits any evidence should relate to 2017/18 and demonstrate the learner applying for the bursary is a qualifying young person. Any evidence should be recently dated, clear and legible. Please ensure that all pages/sides and any documents are uploaded.  

If you are applying for an Enhanced Bursary you should:

  • complete the online application
  • provide a letter confirming your status of being in care or of having been in care – confirmation of your status will be sought from your social worker
  • or if applicable, provide confirmation of you receiving benefits in your own right.

If you have any questions during your application you should contact the Schools’ Bursary Team by emailing schoolbursaries@newcastle.gov.uk.   

When do I apply? 

Applications will be dealt with in the order they are received therefore, you are encouraged to apply as soon as you know and it can be confirmed with your school that you will be attending Year 12/13/14.​

How will I know that I have been approved to receive a bursary? 

We will email you to let you know the outcome of your application.

We will also contact you if we need more information from you to process your application.

What happens if I think the decision is wrong? 

If you think we have incorrectly assessed your eligibility, email the Schools’ Bursary Team at schoolbursaries@newcastle.gov.uk giving your first name, surname, the school you attend and ideally any online reference number you were supplied with as part on the bursary application process.

When will my payments start? 

When your application is approved, we will send you a schedule confirming the dates when you will be paid.

Payments will be made in arrears starting in December.

Remember - payments will only be made if your school confirms you have met the terms of your ‘Learner Agreement’.

How will you pay me? 

Payments will be made into your own bank account via a system known as BACS transfer. It is essential that you have a bank account in your name, as payments can only be made into your own account via a BACS transfer. Cash payments will not be made.

It is important that you make sure that your bank or building society is able to accept BACS transfers before you provide your bank account details.

Post Office accounts and some Credit Unions do not accept BACS payments. It’s worth checking if your account will accept the payments before you apply. 

How long will I receive payments for? 

You will be paid in arrears during term time only, up to a maximum of 39 weeks each academic year. Payment will be dependent on your school confirming that you are meeting the terms of your ‘Learner Agreement’.

Eligibility for the bursary will be re-assessed annually, so you must re-apply each year.

What happens if my financial or living circumstances change? 

If you have a change of personal circumstances such as a change of address or household income, you must let us know immediately by email to schoolbursaries@newcastle.gov.uk.  Any over payments will be repayable.

What happens if I change my bank account? 

If you change your bank account you must email us immediately - providing details of your new account including sort code, account number and name of account holder to schoolbursaries@newcastle.gov.uk.

What happens if I leave school before the end of the academic year or change my school? 

If you leave school before completing your course you must notify us by email with your leaving date to schoolbursaries@newcastle.gov.uk - and your payments will stop.

If you transfer to another school within the Newcastle Schools’ Bursary Scheme you must let us know by email - schoolbursaries@newcastle.gov.uk - and we will amend and resume payments once you have established a new ‘Learner Agreement’ and you demonstrate you are meeting the requirements of the Agreement.

If you transfer to another school or post-16 provider which is not part of the Newcastle bursary scheme you will need to ask them about their own bursary arrangements Please be aware that their terms, conditions and payments may be different but it is likely they will have support in place. 

Who do I contact if I have any questions? 

If you have any questions about the Newcastle schools’ 16 to 19 bursary scheme you should speak initially to your school, who may be able to deal with your query.  Following this you can contact the Schools’ Bursary Team via email - schoolbursaries@newcastle.gov.uk. Please provide you first name, surname, the school you attend and ideally any online reference number you were supplied with as part on the bursary application process.

Where can I get more information on the 16 - 19 bursary scheme? 

General information on bursary schemes is available on the Direct.Gov website.

Page last updated: 
4 October 2017
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