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The Sixth Form at St. Francis is a thriving one and we give all of our students the encouragement and support they will need to make a success of their chosen courses.

Pastoral care continues to be as important in the Sixth Form as in the main school and that is why we have established an expert team of tutors with considerable experience of working with Post-16 students.

We aim to offer our students the very best in terms of AS, A level and BTEC Level 3 courses. We provide opportunities for each individual’s personal development to enable them to acquire new skills, pursue your interests and use your talents.

Our examination results have been of a consistently high standard and we would like you to be part of the success.

Dress code:

Sixth Form dress code letter

16 to 19 Bursary Fund summary

The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund provides financial support to help students overcome specific barriers to participation so they can remain in education.

For our bursary application form, please click the linked document below:

Bursary Application form

There are 2 types of 16 to 19 bursaries:

  • a vulnerable bursary of up to £1,200 a year for young people in one of the defined vulnerable groups
  • discretionary bursaries which institutions award to meet individual needs, for example, help with the cost of transport, meals, books and equipment

Institutions are responsible for managing both types of bursary. Students who want to apply for support from the bursary fund should contact their chosen institution to make an application.

To be eligible for the bursary students must:

  • be aged 16 or over but under 19 at 31 August 2018 or
  • be aged 19 or over at 31 August 2018 and have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • be aged 19 or over at 31 August 2018 and continuing on a study programme they began aged 16 to 18 (‘19+ continuers’)
  • meet the residency criteria in ESFA 2018 to 2019 academic year funding regulations for post-16 provision
  • be participating in provision that is subject to inspection by a public body which assures quality (such as Ofsted), the provision must also be either
    • funded directly by ESFA or by ESFA via a local authority
    • otherwise publicly funded and lead to a qualification (up to and including Level 3) accredited by Ofqual or pursuant to Section 96 or the Learning and Skills Act 2000
    • a 16 to 19 traineeship programme

To be eligible for the vulnerable bursary, students must be in one of the defined vulnerable groups:

  • in care
  • care leavers
  • in receipt of Income Support, or Universal Credit in place of Income Support, in their own right
  • in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit and Disability Living or Personal Independence Payments in their own right

For vulnerable bursaries, institutions draw down funding (by submitting a funding claim) from the Student Bursary Support Service (SBSS) when they have identified students who meet the vulnerable bursary criteria.

To be eligible for the discretionary bursary, students must be facing financial barriers to participation and need help to stay in education.

For more information regarding Bursary funding please click here

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