Downe House has announced a partnership with Royal National Children's SpringBoard Foundation (RNCSF) which will enable the school to widen its reach to others who would not usually be able to access a Downe House education.
RNCSF is a social mobility charity which works to bring the transformational opportunities offered by the UK’s leading schools to young people who will benefit from them the most.
Ali Henderson, RNCSF’s CEO, said: "We work across the UK’s boarding and independent schools sector to expand the number of 110% bursary places (those that cover all fees and extras) and ensure that these opportunities are targeted towards young people who most need them: those who have faced challenging circumstances – children and teenagers in or on the edge of care, or growing up in households and communities where opportunities to flourish are limited."
Matt Godfrey, Deputy Head at Downe House, said: "Downe House is committed to transforming pupils’ lives through its inspiring academic programme and its extensive and enriching provision of co-curricular activities.
"The crucial additional layers of pastoral care and personal, mentoring support make a huge difference to each pupil.
"We support girls with high academic ability but also those with the character and aptitude to benefit and flourish from all Downe House has to offer.
He continued: "We attract pupils from a wide range of backgrounds, our link with Springboard will enhance this further.
"We all benefit hugely from the diversity of our pupils, each of whom brings so much into our school.
"Pupils who secure their place here through bursary programmes flourish here, not least because they have such potential and aspire to achieve a great deal independently; this kind of industrious work ethic has a hugely positive impact on the attitudes of those around them."