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There are a number of bursaries and grants available to Sixth Form students. Some require residency in a particular area eg: Ascott-under-Wychwood, Carterton etc, others are based on income.  Current and prospective Sixth Form students should look carefully at the individual requirements of each Bursary and apply for any which they feel appropriate to them.


Burford School 16-19 Bursary Fund

The Burford School 16-19 Bursary Fund is available to students from households with low incomes who are in need of financial support. The fund is for help with costs relating to a student’s education such as:

  • The purchase of course related books and materials
  • Transport to and from school
  • School trips/residentials


Types of Bursary

  • Guaranteed Bursaries (for vulnerable students): an award of £1,200 per year for students defined as being in a vulnerable group. These groups are:
    • Young people in care
    • Care leavers
    • Young people in receipt of Income Support
    • Disabled young people in receipt of Employment Support Allowance who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance
  • Maintenance Bursaries: an award of £30 per week (payable termly) for students who are eligible for free school meals.
  • Support Bursaries: one-off awards to cover specific expenditure related to a student’s education as detailed above. For this award priority will be given to students whose household income falls below £30,000pa.


Proof of household income will be required. This may be by means of:

  • Benefit certification as specified on the application form
  • Other proof of income e.g. P60s, tax returns etc


Where appropriate, Support Bursary awards will be made through the purchase of books/equipment on behalf of eligible students (such as laptops, textbooks etc), which may then be loaned to the student for the duration of their course.

How to make an application

Currently the deadline for applications is the last day in September. If funds are still available further applications will be invited in January of the following year.

Applications will be accepted at any point during the year if circumstances change and a student becomes eligible for a Guaranteed or Maintenance Bursary.

Those wishing to make an application for any of the 16-19 Bursaries should complete the attached application form; the completed form should be returned to Mrs Alcock, Sixth Form Administrator: , together with proof of income where required.

All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.


Financial Help after Sixth Form

Burford School Foundation

IMG_0575 temporary p3BSF has income from investments and from private and commercial letting of property.  BSF commits to paying up to three successful applicants to the Bursary Fund, an annual sum of  £750 provided that the income of the charity in each of those years is such, after proper maintenance of its properties, as to allow for full payment.  There is every reason to expect that future income will permit payment.

BSF also makes one-off grants to school, college and university students to support specific educational needs.  BSF is limited by its Trust Deed and can promote the education (including social and physical training) of persons under the age of 25 years who are in need of financial assistance and who are either:



  • resident in the area of benefit (the parishes of Burford, Fulbrook, Taynton, Swinbrook with Widford, and Asthall), or
  • have at any time attended as a pupil any educational establishment in the area of benefit for no fewer than 2 consecutive years.


The Lady Reade Educational Foundation Charity

The Lady Reade Educational Foundation Charity was set up by Dame Harriet Reade, of Shipton Court, before her death in 1811.  Its purpose is to award money to students who have finished secondary education and need funds to buy books or other educational tools.

Students qualify to apply for this money if they live in Shipton, Milton, Leafield, Ramsden, Bruern or Lyneham, which are the areas specifically mentioned in the documents for the Trust.   If students are considering going on to further education, and need funds, either complete the application form and send to The Secretary at The Lady Reade Educational Foundation Charity, The Meadows, Meadow Lane, Shipton-Under-Wychwood, OX7 6BW or, preferably, write an e-mail containing the relevant information to

The annual meeting at which the candidates for consideration are reviewed is held in May each year.  After that meeting each candidate will be notified whether or not they have been successful in their application.  The grants are awarded at a church service in St. Mary’s Church Shipton in the July following the May meeting.

Infrequently, but occasionally, a student does not apply soon enough, or forgets to apply, and it is then possible to award a grant to a student who may have started tertiary education at a college or university already.

The Trust is anxious to award as many grants to the local students as possible.


St Kenelm’s School Trust

There is a grant available to ex-pupils of St Kenhelm’s school to help finance books and equipment needed when starting an apprenticeship, university or college course.  To make a claim send a letter with supporting invoices and receipts to: Secretary, Mrs J Brown, 29 Upper Crescent, Minster Lovell, Witney, OX29 0RT

Financial Support and Advice may be available from:

A) Higher Education Bursaries

B) Funding from Other Charitable Trusts

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