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Parents who pay fees for their children’s education also contribute to state education through taxation.

It is estimated that it costs £4500 a year to educate a child through the maintained sector. Dover College educates approximately 250 British pupils, thereby saving taxpayer some £1.1 million every year.

The large number of overseas boarders create another indirect benefit to the local and wider economy brought about what is essentially an export of education. It is reckoned that UK Education exports something like £2 billion annually and Dover College is part of that industry.

The staff and pupils living at Dover College also benefit the local community by buying resources from local shops, therefore playing a part in the local economy which they would not do if living away from the school.