Bursaries & Awards
Being part of the GDST enables us to access a range of exciting competitions, awards and scholarships in a range of areas. The students can compete against other students across the GDST in a number of subject areas but also receive help and support for summer travel and experiences that will enhance their next steps.
The school receives 16-19 Bursary funding from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). The Bursary Fund provides financial support to help students overcome specific barriers to participation so they can remain in education.
To be eligible to receive a bursary in the 2019/20 academic year the student must be aged 16 or over but under 19 as at 31st August 2019.
There are three tiers of support available:
Tier 1 – Vulnerable Bursary This is a guaranteed bursary of £1,200 per annum for 16-19 students who are looked after by the Local Authority 16-19 students who are Care Leavers 16-19 students in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit in their own right 16-19 students in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit and Disability Living or Personal Independence Payments in their own right
Tier 2 – Discretionary Bursary This is a discretionary bursary of up to £1,000 per annum for 16-19 students in receipt of free school meals
Tier 3 – Discretionary Bursary If there are sufficient funds remaining after the allocation of Tier 2 bursaries there is a discretionary bursary of up to £500 per annum for 16-19 students whose household income is below £25,000 (2019/20) and/or in receipt of an “income based benefit” defined as follows:
Working Tax Credit/Child Tax Credit
Income based Employment and Support Allowance
Other benefits and pensions
Students may be awarded only one bursary per academic year and the funds can be used towards cost of meals, transport, uniform, equipment, books, essential school trips and attending university/job interviews. Award of a Bursary will be conditional on the student meeting agreed criteria on attendance and behaviour as set by the school. Further details on how to apply and the evidence required for an award of a Bursary will be on the schools website early in 2019.