Coronavirus - Covid 19

29 May 2020

Along with our schools, we continue to follow the advice of Public Health England and the NHS.

Following Government advice, The Board of Trustees have taken the decision to re-open the schools to some year groups as of 1st June 2020. Please click here for further details.

The schools also remain open for students defined as vulnerable and those whose parents are key workers in the Covid 19 response and cannot care for them from home.

They continue to provide lessons digitally to all other pupils.

Here at the Harpur Trust Office, we are able to work remotely, so we will be able to get back to you, but please be aware that we are experiencing high levels of enquiries at this time.

Information for parents

We understand that this is a worrying time for parents. If you have a child at one of our schools, please follow all advice and information given to you by your child’s school. Further information can be obtained by visiting the schools’ websites via the links below:
Pilgrims School
Bedford School
Bedford Girls’ School
Bedford Modern School

Information for Grantees & Grant applicants

We want to be as flexible as possible to enable you to focus on your vital work supporting the most vulnerable people in our community.

If your work is affected by staff and volunteer absence, if events and meetings have to be cancelled or postponed or if services have to be delivered in a different way, we are committed to supporting you. Just let us know if you need to adapt your work, change dates, vary your budget to cope with emergencies or just want to chat about the problems you are experiencing.
If you are interested in applying for a grant, our grant processes are operating as normal at present. Please follow the guidance provided in the grants section.

We have also partnered with Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation, plus other local funders to provide a Bedfordshire Coronavirus Emergency Fund to provide urgent funds of up to £7,500. For details, please click here.

Information for University Bursary applicants and students

Applicants for University Bursaries beginning in the academic year 2020 – 21

We are still accepting bursary applications for the academic year beginning this September. We know that students will have questions about how their A level grades will be determined, when the University year will begin and many other things. We don’t know the answers but we are committed to supporting successful applicants whenever the Universities decide to admit the cohort of students due to finish their A level studies in summer 2020. Follow the University Bursary application process here.

Current University Bursary Holders

We are contacting all our current bursary holders to explain how we will deal with your bursary in the current crisis.

If you are due to Graduate in Summer 2020

In order for your final payment to be released you will need to submit a) confirmation of your final degree result and b) a completed monitoring form. If you need to retake or defer the end of your course as a result of Covid 19 or for any other reason this will still be the procedure. These can be submitted via email and payment will be released once these have been received.

Students due to Graduate after September 2020

If you are still following your degree course via online/distance learning, you will still be able to claim your bursary for the summer term 2020. You will no longer need to have your attendance form stamped by the university but you will need to complete the attendance form and return it to Please cc your Tutor, at their address into this email when you send it back to us. Please complete the following statement within the email.

“I can confirm that I am continuing to study (course name) at the (university name) this term. Please find attached my completed proof of attendance form for this term”

Your bursary will be paid at the next scheduled opportunity once this has been received by us.

If your course has been postponed / you have chosen to defer one or more terms

You will not be paid your award for time out of university. Please let us know if you have been required or have decided to take a break from your studies. Payments will resume in the usual way once you have confirmed that you are back at University.

If you have any questions or queries or would like to discuss any particular circumstance please do get in touch with Katrina Hyden on 01234 369 507

Postgraduate Bursary Applications

We are still accepting applications for our Postgraduate University Bursary Programme. Please click here.


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