The Charity Commission suggests the the school may be the oldest charity in the country. Certainly the School is very conscious of its duty to the wider community.
The School makes its facilities available to local activities. It is a major sponsor of the Canterbury Festival.
The School has played a major part in the establishment of the Folkestone Academy. The Partnership with Local Schools programme includes pupils teaching science in local primary schools.
Social Services are an important part of the School's Activities programme. Pupils help in local primary schools, charity shops, and other projects such as swimming for handicapped children.
Charity events, including the sale of Christmas cards and the St Augustine's Fête in King's Week, are also a regular feature. See Charity of the Term.