The School is highly committed to increasing bursary provision to offer girls who would not otherwise have access to an education and boarding environment of the highest calibre and quality, the opportunity to benefit from the academic, cultural, sporting and social experiences that Downe House provides.
In 2012-2013 22 girls benefitted from full and partial means-tested bursaries. Financial help towards the payment of fees in cases of proven need is available at all points of entry to Downe House. This assistance is available in the form of bursaries which vary in size according to circumstances; some may be as high as 100% plus an allowance towards School extras. Bursaries are means tested and awarded to pupils who are likely to gain most from a Downe House education and who will contribute fully to the life of the School. The pupils in question must satisfy the academic entry requirements and continue to work to capacity as they progress throughout the School. Parents who feel that they may need the support of a bursary are encouraged to discuss the matter with the School well in advance of the due date of entry.
In accordance with the general guidance on Public Benefit from the Charity Commission, the School continues to develop its overall contribution in addition to the plans for increasing the number of means-tested Bursaries. In 2012/13, an average of 558 boarders and 23 day-girls were educated at no cost to the state, and the School has continued to achieve high standards in all areas, focusing on its aim of providing each individual girl with an excellent all-round education thus enabling her to achieve her potential.