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Financial Support

Free School Meals

If you have been entitled to Free School Meals at your previous school, you should be entitled at Tapton Sixth Form. The Council will let us know if you are entitled.

If you wish to apply for Free School Meals, guidance on eligibility and the application process can be found on the Sheffield City Council website:


If you are entitled to Free School Meals, you will also be entitled to the 16-19 Discretionary Bursary, which you apply for separately.

16-19 Bursary Fund

There are 2 types of 16 to 19 bursary:

  1. Bursary for students in vulnerable groups

Eligible people can receive a bursary of £1,200 a year (£30 per week) maximum. You may be eligible if you are in care, have recently left care, are in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit, or receive Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment.

Full eligibility criteria can be found on the Government’s Website

  1. Discretionary Bursary

Eligible people could receive up to £780 per year (£20 per week) maximum. Eligibility is based upon students in receipt of free school meals, or who have a household income of £16,190 per year or less.

How to apply

When you join our Sixth Form, you will need to complete an application form, and provide proof of income and a bank statement. We will send this to Sheffield City Council to be processed.

When you enter your second year, you will need to renew your application in order to continue receiving payments.

Payment is dependent on good attendance.



Bus Pass

The 16-18 Zoom Travel Pass is available for all 16-18 year olds living in South Yorkshire. The pass is valid all year round, allowing you to travel for the concessionary fare of 80p per single journey on bus and tram services. You will also receive half price fare on Northern Rail Services, and benefit from a range of operator discounted tickets.

Passes are valid from 1 July and will be valid for 2 years, with an expiry date of 31st July.

How To Apply

The quickest way to apply is online using a MyTSY account. Full details are available on

Applications can be made from 1 July and passes should be processed within 10 working days.

Alternatively, you can apply using a paper application form from any InterChange Customer Service Desk. Paper application forms can be returned to InterChange Customer Service Desks or by post to:

SYPTE, 11 Broad Street West, Sheffield, S1 2BQ

Applications will be processed within 21 working days. Passes will be posted to the customers home address which must be within South Yorkshire.