The Dover College Trust

The Dover College Trust was set up on 17th March 1944 by the Hon. John Jacob Astor MP, Henry Thomas Hawksfield JP, Rowland Heathcote Hacker and Brig. Henry Neville Grylls Watson, DSO, OBE. for the purpose of furthering the provision of education at Dover College by financing improvements of a permanent nature to College property or by scholarships for the pupils.

The present Trustees are James Gatehouse (Chairman) Nathan Harris, Jonathan Hodge and James Ryeland. 

The Trustees would be delighted to discuss ways in which individuals can donate to the Trust, and how these funds will be used to the maximum benefit of the College.  The Trustees are contactable through the Director of Finance and Operations (

The Dover College Trust is a registered charity and has benefited from generous donations and bequests over the years. At present all of the capital administered by the Trustees derives from six bequests: Mrs Ethelwyn Duckworth, Brigadier Henry Neville Grylls Watson, Mr Alban Millar Ross-Smith,  Mr Geoffrey Leonard Eames, Mr George Linney Eccleshall and Mr Charles Manning Hunt, together with a gift from Mr Amoret Clear Fleury.

It is the policy of the Trust to make regular payments of unrestricted funds to Dover College as funds become available. As well as making a significant annual contribution towards bursaries and scholarships, enabling the very high level of bursaries awarded by the College each year, Trust donations have also been used to fund significant recent capital improvements, from replacement roofs to the Chapel and International Study Centre to the complete refurbishment of all major senior school classroom buildings. Most recently the Trust’s generous support has enabled the extension of the Kent Block (now known as The Leo Wright Building), to incorporate a Creative Digital Media suite and a bespoke Individual Needs hub.  

The Creative Digital Media classroom in The Leo Wright Building

To further enhance the College’s ICT, the Trust fully funded a £117,000 renewal of WiFi infrastructure and fibre cabling in early 2021, followed by the rollout of new Apple student and staff devices as part of an exciting new digital strategy.

Charity overview: The acceptance of money, investments or other property, the investment of the same and the application of income derived therefrom (with in certain cases the power to utilise capital) for the purposes of assisting with improvements of a capital nature at Dover College and the provision of Scholarships to children whose parents could not otherwise afford the school fees.

Charitable Object: In assisting parents who in the opinion of the Trustees could not otherwise afford to do so, to have their children educated at Dover College, or in furthering the provision of education and especially of religious teaching at the college whether by providing or contributing towards the provision of scholarships or exhibitions or in any other manner which the Trustees may from time to time consider to be conducive to the provision of education at Dover College.

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