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16-19 Bursary

The government has provided Barking and Dagenham, along with other London Boroughs,  a Bursary Fund for 16-19 year old students in full-time education to meet individual needs. For example, transport, meals, books and equipment.

The Southern Consortium and other school sixth forms in Barking and Dagenham (together) will distribute this fund equally to all students registered as in receipt of ‘free school meals’ during their time in the sixth form. The amount paid will vary. It is usually £20-25 paid fortnightly.

A separate Bursary is provided to students identified as living independently 'in care', 'a care leaver', 'in receipt in income support (the student not the parent)', and or with disabilities. Students meeting any one of these criteria will receive £1200 over the year at the rate of £30 per week paid fortnightly.

Students will be expected to meet an attendance criteria. Students must have their own bank account.

To apply for the 16-19 Bursary Fund, please collect an application form from the Sixth Form Administrator at your school site.


All of the four school sixth forms within the Southern Consortium have specialist and dedicated sixth form areas for their learning environment.

All of the facilities are in purpose built, new or relatively new buildings, and are therefore equipped with state of the art resources.

A number of the classrooms within the four schools have been recently refurbished or will open for the first time in 2012. Therefore, all students within the Southern Consortium can be confident that there learning will be taking place in the best possible physical environment, with up to the minute resources available for use by both students and staff alike.

Facilities include:

  • Hairdressing salon
  • Health and Beauty suite
  • Media suite
  • Music studio
  • Dance studio
  • Café area
  • Fully equipped private study area
  • Access to gym and Sports Hall
  • A team of dedicated sixth form staff

Consortium Transport

The Consortium provides a friendly and efficient bus service, which is free to students, that moves students at lesson changes between Consortium school sites.

Southern Consortium Induction Activities and Trips

As you would expect, the majority of subject areas within the Southern Consortium provide some learning outside of the classroom setting. These include a wide range of offsite trips.

In-addition to the trips and events experienced as part of the core curriculum, the Southern Consortium take all students on an outdoor activity day as part of their year 12 and year 13 Induction experience.

Year 12 Induction trip to Blackland Farm

Situated in the glorious Sussex countryside, Blackland Farm is a multi-purpose activity centre. It is located on a 120-acre site, comprising woodland and grassed areas.

The day aims to achieve the introduction of students
to one another in a friendly and enjoyable environment, and will also
introduce them to elements of:

  • Working in teams
  • Developing working relationships
  • Co- operation in and between teams
  • Creative problem solving
  • Interpersonal co-operation
  • Organisational skills

Activities include abseiling and high ropes.

Year 13 Induction trip to Stubbers

This action packed day comprising of four 90 minute activity sessions, which is great for building team morale through a day of adventurous activity.

Activities include raft building (n the lake), high ropes, and team problem solving

Study Skills

Every year, all students are provided with the opportunity to participate in a study skills session (from expert providers) to enhance their independent study skills.

Academic Mentor

Each school site within the Southern Consortium has a dedicated sixth form academic mentor.

This member of staff supports students in the development of the skills that are required to succeed academically. These include the further development of literacy skills and independent study skill, as well as organisational skills and exam techniques.

Sixth Form Management Teams

Each school sixth form within the Southern Consortium have a specialist team of staff to ensure the effective day to day running of the sixth form.

This team of staff ensure, through a range of polices, procedure and intervention strategies, that each individual student achieves their full potential during their time with us, and is fully equipped to take the next step, usually to Higher Education and sometimes the World of Work.

Hence the motto “Your Stepping Stone to Success”.