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A limited amount of means-tested bursary funding is available for allocation to pupils who strongly demonstrate that they would benefit from a Birkdale education; but for whom full fee payment would be prohibitive. If a bursary is awarded, the value is dependent on a full assessment of a family’s financial circumstances. A bursary may be awarded alongside a scholarship to increase overall fee remission or as a stand-alone award. In either case, bursary funding can cover up to a maximum of 100% of tuition fees in total. This remission would include any scholarships also awarded.
If a bursary is awarded, it will be tenable from when a pupil joins the Sixth Form in September 2021 until the end of Upper Sixth (Y13) provided that financial circumstances remained unchanged during that time and that the conditions of an award are adhered to.
Applicants for a Sixth Form Bursary are invited to attend the Academic Scholarship and Bursary examinations which will take place on Saturday 16 January 2021. Sixth Form Bursary applicants are required to sit a General Paper and be interviewed by a senior member of staff, but many also apply for an Academic Scholarship and therefore also sit two subject papers (see further information above). Please note that unfortunately we are unable to offer bursaries to all candidates who would be eligible for means-tested funding. When shortlisting applications for Sixth Form Bursary funding therefore, consideration is primarily given to performance in the General Paper and at interview. However, a candidate’s performance in assessments for academic, music and sports scholarships, if entered, may also be taken into account.
If means-tested bursary funding would be required for acceptance of a place, this should be indicated in section 5 on the Registration Form. The Bursary Application Form can be downloaded here. All forms should be submitted, along with the supporting documentation stated on the Bursary Application Form, by Friday 4 December 2020 at the latest. Please note that although the Registration paperwork can be submitted further in advance, in order to ensure that financial information is sufficiently up-to-date, the Bursary Application Form and supporting documentation should not be submitted prior to Friday 30 October 2020.
The outcome of any Bursary applications for Sixth Form entry will be communicated in writing by the February half term holiday, when the formal offer of a place at Birkdale will be also confirmed.