1,300 students – aged 16 to 19 – benefit from Newcastle City Council Bursary Scheme.
‘Newcastle Bursary Scheme’
Getting a decent education sets young adults up for life.
That’s why Newcastle City Council alongside its partners set up the ‘Newcastle Bursary Scheme’ over a decade ago to ensure that every child, regardless of their background, can do well in post-16 education and job-related learning.
Social background shouldn’t be a barrier
In 2010 the UK government rejected the advice of regional experts like Alan Milburn of the Social Mobility Commission and scrapped the popular Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) – making it harder for city youngsters from low-income backgrounds to stay on at school or college and to fulfil their potential.
Social background shouldn’t be a barrier to continuing education.
Supporting equality of access and opportunity for the many, not just the few, remains a priority for Kenton councillors and the Council as a whole.
This years bursary
This year the bursary is helping over 1,300 city young people to continue their studies.
In our own ward hundreds of students aged 16 to 19 can follow A-level, BTEC and T-level courses at Kenton School, Gosforth Academy, St Mary’s/Cuthbert’s, and Sacred Heart.
Many more are attending Newcastle college and Sixth Form college who run a similar £1,200 a year grant scheme.
The Council scheme has two levels of discretionary bursary based on household incomes.
A student from a family earning less than £21,858 a year can get £15 a week while in year 12 they can get £18 a week.
Smaller, though helpful, sums are available for students in a household where the annual income is less than £27k.
Kenton and city parents can get more info to apply for a bursary by googling www.newcastle.gov.uk/education-and-learning/benefits-eduational-grants.