Post 18 Bursaries

Students applying for university, employment or apprenticeships could be eligible for financial support. Our students have access to a number of charitable trusts and foundation's who generously support students embarking on the next stage of their education or career.

The Connolly Foundation

Application is via the sixth form, the deadline for this year (2021) is Friday 27th March.

Completed applications should be printed off and forwarded to the Director of Sixth Form for sign off.

Eligibility criteria

Awards are open to applicants studying level three courses in the following subjects:

English Language, English Literature, Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, History, Geography, Economics, Classics, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Psychology, Law, Computer Science, and Physical Education/Sports Science (A level or BTEC) plus one other subject.

The additional subject may be any subject on the school curriculum at A level or BTEC.

To be successful, applicants will be required to achieve level three passes in two of the subjects above at grade A*, A and B as well as in their additional A level or BTEC subjects (BTEC equivalent grades are required).

Additionally, there are six discretionary awards made by the sixth form and applications for this should be made to the Director of Sixth Form direct.

The discretionary awards are intended for students who would not otherwise qualify under the main CF award scheme but who the school nevertheless consider deserve an award. There are no subject or grade requirements and students do not have to be going into further education.

The Harpur Trust

The Harpur Trust Bursary Scheme provides eligible students with £1,200 per year for up to three years, making your full-time degree or Foundation course much more affordable.

Students should apply directly via

Eligibility criteria

To qualify for support students must be able to tick ALL of the following boxes:

• be aged 19 or under on 31 August 2021

• have been resident in the Borough of Bedford for a minimum of two years

• have an offer of a place on a full time undergraduate degree course or full time Foundation degree course at a UK university

• take up their place in the academic year beginning in the autumn immediately after their final term at school or college

• have applied for all available forms of statutory support (student loan for tuition, student loan for maintenance, higher education maintenance grant)

• be UK or EU citizens or refugees who have been granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

The grant is for students who meet two of the following criteria:

• from the first generation of their family to attend university

• come from a low income family. For example, nominees will have been eligible for free school meals / receive support from the school or college’s 16-19 Bursary Fund. Preference will be given to families with a household income of £25,000 or less.

• are living independently (for example in a Foyer or YMCA)

• have additional financial difficulties as a result of specific family or other exceptional personal circumstances. Full details should be included in Question 8 of the application form.

Conditions of Grant

Successful applicants will be required to

• provide The Harpur Trust, in due course, with evidence that they have taken up a university place as planned

• ensure that The Trust has an on-going and accurate record of their personal contact details and those of their university department

• join Trustees of The Harpur Trust and award winners from other schools and colleges at an annual celebratory reception in early September (dates to be confirmed)

• consent to participate in publicity organised by The Harpur Trust, including the use of photographs of award winners.

The bursary will be paid termly, subject to proof of the student’s continued attendance at university.

Please note: Students who apply to the Connolly Foundation cannot apply for a Harpur Trust bursary award too. Students found to have applied for both schemes will have their application returned.

Celia Hanbury Memorial Bursary

Grants are available for up to £3000 for the duration of your higher education.

No specific application form, but your application letter must include the details requested below. You may also be asked for proof of family income. Please see sixth form for details.

Eligibility criteria

• Available to those whose family income is £45,000 (gross) or below.

• Recipients must have been at Sharnbrook continuously since the beginning of Y12 minimum

• Courses should be, ideally; medicine, veterinary medicine, nursing, equine related courses and possibly agriculture related, such as land management, farming, agricultural engineering, horticulture, husbandry.

• You must detail how the bursary will enable you to fulfil your potential educational/career aspirations

• An important condition of accepting the grant is that the successful candidate(s) will be asked to report by letter, or in person to the CET, after each academic year, on how the bursary has helped them in their life and studies. Recipients may be asked to provide written feedback for use on the school website.

• Apply by letter to the Director of Sixth Form by the 27th March, 2021, after which time, there will be an interview process (at school)

The Medicspot Innovation Grant
They award £500 to Sharnbrook Academy students going on to study a degree, or equivalent, related to health, medicine, nursing or life sciences.

Applications must be submitted online by 31 March each year. For more information and to apply: