Pupils with particular ability and potential are recognised at Downe House through the Scholarship programme.  Scholars play a key part in the life of the School and benefit from enrichment opportunities, mentorship and additional leadership responsibilities.

Scholarships are awarded at all entry levels in Academic ability, Art, Sport, Music and Drama and girls applying for a Scholarship sit an examination. No special preparation is required for this but girls must be registered before sitting for an Award.

Age of entry will normally be in line with general entry ie 11+, 12+, 13+ and 16+.  Candidates must be under 12, under 13 or under 14 on 1 September following the examination.  Girls sitting for entry to the Sixth Form must be in the final year of their GSCE studies or equivalent.

For more information about Scholarships and Awards, please click here.


Downe House is highly committed to opening its access to the education it offers to those girls who would otherwise be denied the opportunity of a boarding experience of the highest calibre and quality.  In particular we want to increase our bursary provision so that the girls can benefit from the academic, cultural, sporting and social experiences that Downe House provides.

In 2017-2018, 22 girls benefited 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 2016/17, an average of 564 boarders and 18 day girls were educated 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.

For more information about Bursaries, please click here.