The Department for Education provides funding for the provision of free meals for learners who qualify for the assistance. For the 2021 to 2022 academic year the rate set is £2.41 per learner per meal taken. The meal is provided where a student attends College over the lunchtime period or is on an external work-placement.

Where necessary, reasonable adjustments will be made for special dietary requirements.

Continuing Students

Students already receiving a free meal at their school on or after 1 April 2018 will continue to be entitled to receive a free meal in College for 2021-2022, whilst Universal Credit continues to be rolled out.  This applies even if your household earnings rise above All students must also have an Education Health and Care Plan.

New Applications

Students who are applying for a free College meal for the first time in 2021-2022 must complete an application form.  The application process requires students and/or parents and carers to provide evidence of benefits that they are receiving.

Eligible Benefits

Please see the information for parents which sets out the eligibility criteria and application process

Further information on eligibility is available in the ESFA guidance:

2021 – 2022 Tuition Fund.


The purpose of this statement is to set out how The Park College is planning to utilise its 16 to 19 tuition fund allocation. The use of this fund is to support young people with autism to develop employment skills and independence.


The 16 to 19 tuition fund is for the 2021 /22 academic year.  It is specifically to help colleges address the disruption to learning from COVID-19.  The funding is being provided to support small group tuition in English, maths, and other vocational courses where learning has been disrupted.  Young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) aged 19 to 24 who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) are eligible for support.


The Park College will use this fund to provide individual and / or small group tuition.

Tuition will match the individual needs of each student. The tuition sessions will be in addition to the planned training programme hours.  Tuition and additional support will be delivered in sessions based at college.

We are committed to ensuring that the tuition fund is used in accordance with the Government’s guidance on the 16 to 19 Tuition Fund by:

  • producing this statement setting out how the fund will be used to support students
  • publishing this statement on our website
  • recording the use of the fund, including references to individual students who receive support, the needs of those students, the number of hours of tuition delivered and retaining the evidence of the tuition provided
  • delivering the extra tuition and spending the allocated funds in the academic year 2022/22
  • notifying the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) of any underspend from the Fund for it to be reclaimed.


Please email if you have any questions.

20/21 Discretionary Bursary Funding Information

Funding information for 20/21 can be found here

Bursary Funding Application form 20/21 can be found here

21/22 Discretionary Bursary Funding Information

Bursary Funding information for 21/22 can be found here

Bursary Funding Application form 21/22 can be found here

Free College Meals information & Application form can be found here