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The School's general charitable objective is stated as being to: ‘promote and provide for the advancement of education’ and a broad approach is taken to achieving this goal; not only in terms of outstanding examination results, but also by encouraging those in our care to think about the needs of others through wider engagement with the community and raising money for worthwhile causes. The School is committed to the provision of means tested bursaries, in some cases up to 100% of fees.

The School receives no public funding in support of its activities, but contributes to the community by educating pupils for whom provision would otherwise have to be made by the state. Downe House is a significant local employer and tries, wherever possible, to source goods and services locally.

Downe House is a charitable company limited by guarantee: No 1015059