Financial Support


Framwellgate School Durham will provide access to bursaries for students who meet the following criteria:

A: Vulnerable Student Bursary

You could get up to £1,200 if at least 1 of the following applies:

  • you’re in or recently left local authority care
  • you get Income Support or Universal Credit in your name
  • you’re disabled and get both Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), and either Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in your name

B: Students eligible for Free School Meals – Students who are eligible for Free School Meals (household income £15,000 or below) can apply for a bursary of up to £100 a term.

C: Students for whom there are other significant financial barriers to learning – Applications for bursary awards can be made where the school has evidence that family income and/or exceptional costs related to accessing the Sixth Form act as a significant barrier to continued learning. The amount awarded will be determined based on individual circumstances. Suitable evidence of family income includes proof of entitlement to Child or Working Tax Credits.

Travel Bursary

Students who have to travel from outside the Durham City area may be eligible for help with the cost of travel. Evidence of the costs involved, such as bus tickets or car mileage, will need to be provided.

HE Access Bursary

Students who will be in the first generation of their family to progress to university may be eligible for help with the cost of university open days and other visits. Evidence of the costs involved, such travel or residential costs, will need to be provided.

How do I apply?

The school will allocate bursaries to students in categories A and B before determining bursaries for those in category C. Students in category A and B will receive more information through their Sixth Form tutor in the first week of term.

Students who have not received this information and think that they are eligible for support, or any student wishing to make an application under category C, for travel or progression bursaries should make an appointment with Carolyn (Guidance Manager) in the Sixth Form Hub.

If you have financial concerns at any point throughout the year advice and support will be available through Carolyn in the Sixth Form Hub, even if you’re not sure whether you would be eligible for a bursary, it’s worth making an appointment to get more information.