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Financial Support – Sigma Sixth Colchester

Bursary Fund

The Sigma Sixth Colchester 16-19 Bursary Fund exists to provide support for eligible students during their time at Sigma Sixth. See below for full details, eligibility criteria and an application form.

Bursary types and eligibility

TYPE A – Students in groups identified as most in need, such as young people in care, care leavers, young people receiving a universal credit payment in their own name; and disabled young people receiving both Employment Support Allowance and a personal independence payment in their own name.

Approximately £30 per week paid in half-termly instalments at the end of each half-term.

TYPE B – Students who received Free School Meals (FSM) in Year 11 and who continue to be FSM eligible in the sixth form will receive support to overcome financial barriers that might prevent them continuing in full-time education. This bursary will be in the region of £25 per week*, paid in half-termly instalments at the end of each half-term.

TYPE C – One-off payments to assist with a specific additional expenditure of an educational nature (e.g. to purchase art materials, support participation in trips, to support travel costs not covered from other sources.) Application for one-off payments of this sort must be adequately evidenced (household income below £25,000), in terms both of itemising costs and the household’s inability to meet these costs without support.  (This may be subject to a maximum of £250.00 within an academic year).

Sigma Sixth Colchester intends to provide support in the form of exam preparation and revision materials.

* Our intention is to provide support at a level of £25 per week. However, our allocation of money from Government is finite and consequently, exact sums may vary depending on the demands made upon these funds. The principles of fairness and supporting students in the greatest need will underpin all decisions taken.

Eligibility for funding does not give the individual the right to funding.  Assistance awarded to a student will always be conditional on behaviour, remaining on the course and maintaining a minimum of 90% attendance (unless medical evidence provided) and full compliance with the Student Agreement.

Application and evidence

Type 1 –You can provide a letter from the Department of Work and Pensions setting out the benefits you are entitled to. If you are in care or a care leaver, the local authority will be able to provide a letter for you confirming this.

Type 2 – You need to satisfy the criteria to receive Essex Free School Meals (FSM). Parents or guardians can apply via the online form available at the address below. More information about Free School Meals can be found through the Essex County Council website at

TYPE C – You will need to provide evidence that the total household annual income does not exceed £25,000 per annum. Evidence of income should be one of the following:

  • Council Tax Benefit
  • Working Tax Credit where the annual income used to calculate the award is less than £25,000
  • Job seekers allowance
  • Employment support allowance
  • Pension credit
  • Income support
  • Housing benefit
  • Universal Credit
  • Child Tax credit award which details annual income used to calculate the award is less than £25,000

You can apply at any time throughout the academic year using the application form. Return the application form to reception as soon as possible. If your circumstances and eligibility change, you must inform Sigma Sixth Colchester immediately. The Remissions Panel normally sits at the end of each month to assess any claims submitted that month.

Payment will generally be made by cheque to the student, however, we may choose to provide ‘in-kind’ support, for example, by bulk purchasing equipment that eligible students need for particular courses. Transport may be provided in the form of bus or rail tickets rather than allocating cash payment.

16-19 Bursary Fund Trust Policy v1 Sep 2020

Bursary Application Form (new applicants)

Bursary Application Form (existing applicants)

Other Useful Links

Separate from and in addition to the above arrangements, you may be eligible for Post-16 Transport Assistance from Essex County Council. Further information and application forms can be found here:

Visit to apply for free school meals

Philip Morant School and College
Rembrandt Way, Colchester
Essex CO3 4QS.

Tel: 01206 545222

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