Financial Support

Awards and Grants

The St John’s Opportunity Fund

Students are entitled to this fund if they receive free school meals or live in a household with low income. The fund may be used to pay for or subsidise the cost of school trips and residentials, PE Kit, or clubs at St John’s. It can also be used to pay for activities outside of the Academy – such as courses at the leisure centre, membership of sports clubs, army cadets, scouts, music, dance and drama lessons. If you wish to discuss a claim in confidence, please contact Mrs Woodburn

Cost of Living Support

We know everyone is feeling the pinch this winter and we want to support those families in our school community who are impacted the
most. If you’re struggling with your finances, please do get in touch:

Cost of Living Poster
Cost of Living fact sheet

16-19 Bursary Scheme

On 28 March 2011 the Government announced a new 16-19 Bursary Fund to tackle disadvantage and support young people to participate in and benefit from post-16 education and training. St John’s has been allocated funding which is designed to help support those young people who face the greatest barriers to continuing in education or training post-16.

The fund comprises two elements:

  • A guaranteed bursary of £1,200 for the most vulnerable students
  • A discretionary bursary targeted towards those facing financial barriers to participation, which can be used to pay for items such as the cost of transport, books, trips and equipment.

Application for the bursary must be made using the St John’s Bursary Fund application form and be supported by appropriate evidence of eligibility at the start of the academic year. Awards are also dependent on an attendance rate of at least 95% and work rate in lessons. Further details about the Bursary Fund or an application form are available from the Sixth Form office or from our Sixth Form Admissions page .

Uniform Subsidy

A Subsidy Scheme is in place to assist those families who will find it difficult to purchase the uniform and Sports Kit.   The subsidy is available to students in receipt of, or whose parents or guardians (not foster parents) are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

PLEASE NOTE: If you receive Working Tax Credit other than the above run-on you will NOT be entitled to the subsidy.

If you are in receipt of one of the above benefits, copy documentation (current year’s award notice and not more than 6 months old) will be required to support your claim for subsidy. If eligible, subsidy is only available for one of each item per order per year except in exceptional circumstances.  Please contact the school for a subsidy voucher before placing your order as the subsidy cannot be applied retrospectively. Please contact the school on and provide your child’s name, tutor group and a list of the items that you wish to purchase.

CAP Money Course

The CAP Money course is a free, confidential course that will teach you budgeting skills and a simple cash-based system that works. In just a few weeks you will get to grips with your finances so you can budget, save and prevent debt.