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Financial Support for Sixth Form


At Belvedere we appreciate that there will be extra costs associated with staying on to the Sixth Form. These will include books and equipment, uniforms and possibly increased travel costs if you are joining us from another school.

We aim to help students with these additional costs as far as possible by offering financial support via our bursary scheme, subsidised travel on the academy coach scheme and free school meals.

Sixth Form Bursaries

The academy receives bursary funding from the Department of Education to provide financial assistance to students who meet certain eligibility criteria. There are two types of bursary:-

Discretionary Bursaries

Students who are in receipt of free school meals or whose household income is less than £30,000 per annum are entitled to apply for a discretionary bursary. This can be used to pay a wide range of items including travel costs, meals, books and equipment, uniform costs, academy trips and the cost of university visits.

Vulnerable Student Bursaries

To be eligible for the vulnerable student bursary of up to £1,200 per annum, students must be in one of the following defined vulnerable groups:

· In care

· Care leavers

· In receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit in their own right

The application process for both types of bursary will be explained in detail during the Sixth Form induction week.

Academy Coach Scheme

Belvedere operates its own coach service with three routes covering most of the Merseyside area. The academy subsidises the coach fares for Sixth Form students and offers places at 50% of the normal price. This makes the cost of using the coach service comparable to the cost of public transport. Details of the routes can be found on the academy website and prices may be obtained by contacting the Finance Office.

Free School Meals

Students who will be moving from Belvedere’s Year 11 to the Sixth Form and who are in receipt of free school meals will continue to receive free school meals.

Those students joining us from other schools who currently receive free school meals will continue to do so at Belvedere.

Further Information

If students or parents have any queries regarding the financial support that the academy may be able to offer, please contact the Finance Office for further information.

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