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14/03/12 - Strode Students to Get Help with Bus Fares
Strode Students to Get Help with Bus Fares

To apply for the County Ticket please download the form from the Somerset County Council website.

From September, all students travelling by bus to study at Strode College in Street will get £100 towards the cost of the County Ticket, and students whose family income is below £25,000 will get a total of £300 towards their bus fares.

James Staniforth, Principal of Strode College, said: "We currently have 1500 students aged 16-18 studying A Levels and vocational courses with us. That is 1500 young people who are gaining enormously from learning at Strode. Last year our results made us the second best performing college in the South West and one of the top 80 out of 1,200 schools and colleges nationally for adding value by improving students' performance after their GCSE results."

"Most of our students travel to college by bus as we are well served by a number of bus routes. They come from across the region, many from as far away as Yeovil, Frome, Bridgwater, Taunton, Cheddar and Bruton, because they like Strode and can see that our approach to learning and support achieves excellent results both academically and personally."

"We recognise that transport costs are a real concern and could prevent some young people from furthering their education with us. We do not want them to miss out on their education because they can't afford the bus fare, which is why we will be helping with the cost of the bus ticket."

Strode College's Travel Bursary Scheme was set up last year to support new students following the government cutting the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) for new first year students. The College is now extending the travel bursary to cover all students.

In addition to the travel bursary, Strode students will be able to apply for a discretionary bursary to support other costs of studying.

More information about Strode's Travel Bursary Scheme is now available on the college website.

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