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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.



At BHSA, we provide a bursary system that students can apply for throughout the academic year, which will provide help for travel, books and relevant subject based trips. Proof of income will be needed when applying.

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 2022/23 academic year the student must be aged 16 or over but under 19 as at 31st August 2021.

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 (2020/21) and/or in receipt of an “income based benefit” defined as follows:

  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credit/Child Tax Credit
  • Income based Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • 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.