An Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is a weekly payment of £30 awarded to young people from lower income families who are between 16 and 19 years of age, and are:
· staying on at school, or
· following a 16+ Activity Agreement
An EMA may also be available to part-time college students attending a non-advanced college course.
Pupils who have already applied for the Educational Maintenance Award (EMA), should be aware there has been a delay in processing applications centrally but staff are working hard to get through these quickly. Correspondence will be sent in due course. Payments will be backdated once approved.
Those students who turn 16 between 1 March and 30 September of the current year will become eligible for an EMA from the start of the academic year.
Any pupil yet to apply for the current session, should do so soon and ensure all the required documents are sent together; applications will take longer to process if any documents are missing.
Pupils can collect a Learning Agreement and copy of their timetable at the school office.
Details about eligibility for the EMA and how to apply can be found at