Bursary Scheme

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Types and Value of Bursary Schemes?

There are two types of Bursary.

If you are eligible for a Vulnerable Bursary you would be able to claim £1200 each academic year.

If you are not eligible for a Vulnerable Bursary, you may qualify for a Discretionary Bursary. The value of this Bursary is dependent upon what financial help you may need such as help towards the cost of books, meals during the school day, school trips or open days and interview expenses. You may be required to keep your receipts.

Would I qualify for a Vulnerable Bursary?

To qualify for a Vulnerable Bursary, you must be either:

a young person in care
have recently left local authority care
a young person in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit in your own right
a young person in receipt of both Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Employment Support Allowance (ESA) or Employment

Would I qualify for a Discretionary Bursary?

To qualify for a Discretionary Bursary, you must be either:

Entitled to have a free school meal or have a sibling who is in receipt of a free school meal
Your parent or carer is in receipt of any of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Tax Credits
- Universal Credit
If your household income, i.e. what your parents or carers earn is less than £25,000 a year

Would I need to prove that I qualify for a Bursary?

Yes. For a Vulnerable Bursary, if you are either in care or a care leaver we do not need you to prove you qualify but if you are receiving Income Support or Universal Credit or are in receipt of DLA/ESA/PIP we will need you to show us the letter confirming payment of the benefit(s).

For a Discretionary Bursary, the head of your household will need to let us see either the letter confirming payment of the benefit(s) or proof of income i.e. a P60(s).

If you are unsure whether you qualify, please either refer to the Other Information section at the back of the leaflet or contact Anne Lealman in the School Office:
a.lealman@welburn-hall.n-yorks.sch.uk or telephone 01751 431218.

How do I apply for a Bursary?

If you think that you qualify for a Bursary, you will need to complete an application form.

We require all students to provide a photocopy of any evidence at the time of submitting the application. (We will photocopy your documents in school and return the originals to you). Failure to provide the evidence may delay the processing of the application.

If you are applying for a Discretionary Bursary, the head of your household will need to complete the financial assessment part of the application.

You should hand your completed application form and any proof of benefits or income to the School Office who will check that you qualify for a Bursary. The School will let you know if your application has been successful.

How is the Bursary Paid?

The Vulnerable Bursary will be paid into your (student’s) bank account. We cannot pay your Bursary in cash or into a bank account that is not your own unless it is a joint account and you are a named account holder or you are unable to manage your own finances.

We will start paying the Bursary at the beginning of the month following your application being approved. You will receive £30 each week during term time. We need to be sure that you are still attending school and that we do not have any concerns about your behaviour whilst in school.

What happens if I leave the School?

If you leave the school and do not plan to return your Bursary will stop as of the date you leave.

If you move to another school or college you can apply to them for a Bursary. You should tell your new school/college that you have received a Bursary whilst at your old school. Your new school/college will take the Bursary you have received so far during the year into account when calculating how much Bursary they will award you.

What do I do next?

If you think that you would qualify for a Bursary, you should complete an application form. These are available from the School Office.

Please make sure that you fill in the form with all of the information required. If information is missing it will delay your application.

Please also make that your information is accurate, in particular, the details of the bank account that you want the Bursary paying into. If the bank account details are incorrect it will delay payment of your Bursary.

If you don’t already have your own bank account you will need to open one for your Bursary to be paid in to, if your application is successful.
We cannot make payments directly into Post Office accounts.


Use this Checklist to make sure that you have completed the application process correctly.

Do you qualify for a Bursary?
Yes / No

Have you got an application form?
Yes / No

Have you filled in every part of the form correctly and signed it?
Yes / No

Has the head of your household completed the financial assessment part of the form and signed it (Discretionary Bursaries Only)?
Yes / No

Do you have proof to support your application?
Yes / No

Do you have your own bank account?
Yes / No

Have you handed your application form in to School?
Yes / No

Please be assured that all of the information that you provide with your application is treated in the strictest confidence. It is used ONLY to confirm your eligibility for a Bursary.

If you have any concerns please feel free to discuss them with School.

Other Information

We hope that you have found this leaflet useful and that it has answered any questions you might have.

If you need further information, however, the following link may be of help:
The Department for Education’s information page

Alternatively Anne Lealman at School or the Post 16 Team at Harrogate should be able to answer any questions you might have and assist you with your application.

Post 16 Team at Harrogate
or telephone 01609 534953


Contact Us

Welburn Hall
North Yorkshire
YO62 7HQ

Tel: 01751 431218
Email: admin@welburn-hall.n-yorks.sch.uk


Welburn Hall is a generic special school / college for children and young people aged 8 to 19 years with a wide range of special educational needs.

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