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Northbourne Park School

Betteshanger, Deal, Kent, England CT14 0NW

Age Range & Fees

Age Range2 to 13
Annual Day Fees *£10248 to £17346
Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *£21834 to £21834
Annual Full Boarding Fees *£25281 to £25281
* Currency: GB Pound

Number of Pupils

Boys Girls
26Full Boarding22
2Weekly Boarding6

Number of Staff

Full-time: 38
Part-time: 18

GCSE Pass Rate - Age 16

Pass Rate - Age 18

Exams at age 18

Higher Education

Pupils who went on to Higher Education
Head Photo

Sebastian Rees, BA (Hons) PGCE, NPQH

Northbourne Park is an independent day and boarding school for children aged 2-13, set in 100 acres of beautiful parkland and woods in rural Kent, close to Canterbury and within easy reach from London.

Northbourne Park provides children with first-class education offering each child freedom, space and countless opportunities to grow in confidence and succeed.

We focus on individual needs and consistently achieve academic excellence. Many of our pupils gain scholarships to prestigious Senior Schools.

We are passionate about sport and through an excellent sports programme pupils develop key skills and learn the importance of teamwork and leadership.

We nurture a love for the Arts. Many pupils learn one or more musical instrument and can participate in the choir, band, orchestra, string and brass groups that all perform regularly within the school and the local area.

Other opportunities include LAMDA lessons, drama productions and Public Speaking that ensure the pupils are articulate and confident in their performances. Artistic talents are encouraged through a range of media including sculpture, costume design and film-making on iMacs.

The school's unique Language Programme helps every child develop foreign languages in an integrated learning environment. French is introduced from the age of 3, and we have a unique Bilingual programme for French pupils who join years 7 and 8 studying the French academic curriculum.

Our Learning Support Department offers a wide range of SEN support including programmes for Dyslexia and social communication difficulties for children in the average plus range of abilities.

Pupils can enjoy a fun and extensive programme of afternoon clubs that help develop their interests and skills in hobbies that can endure long into adult life. Love of the outdoors and respect for the environment begins in the Pre-Prep and develops through into the Prep School with fun physical adventures. Pupils love playing in the woods, camping out overnight and following our pioneering Outdoor Education Programme.

Pupils receive first-class levels of pastoral care in safe and nurturing surroundings. Our boarding facilities provide a home-from-home environment with continuous boarding services at weekends throughout the term. Accompanied travel services to London and Paris offers opportunities for weekends at home.

Children are at the heart of everything we do and it is important to us that they learn with confidence and enjoy each and every day at school. Prospective pupils are welcome and we offer a wide range of scholarships.
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What we offer

  • Agriculture/Horticulture
  • Classics
  • Critical thinking
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Electronics
  • Environmental studies
  • ICT
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Photography
  • Theology
  • English
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • French
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country
  • Fencing
  • Fitness training
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Touch rugby
  • Volleyball
  • Water sports
  • Adventure training
  • Ballet
  • Beavers/Cubs/Scouts
  • Chess
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Drama productions
  • First aid/life savers
  • Horse riding and management
  • Horticulture
  • Language club
  • Orienteering
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Rock climbing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Yoga
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Brass
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Jazz
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Percussion
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • After school club
  • Before school/Breakfast club
  • Experience of diplomatic corps' children
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of services' children
  • Particular diets
  • Rail/Airport services
  • School bus service
  • Autism
  • Visual
  • Dyslexia
  • Aspergers
  • Delicate/Medical
  • MLD
  • Language

Method of Entry

  • Assessment
  • Interview
  • Report from previous school
  • Early registration or registration at birth

Scholarships & Bursaries

  • Clergy/Ministers
  • Drama
  • Academic
  • Armed forces discounts or bursaries
  • Art
  • Siblings
  • Music
  • Organ
  • All-rounder
  • Sport
  • Means tested bursaries

Curriculum and Exams:

    Associated board of the Royal School of Music
  • Common Entrance
  • ISEB
    Independent Schools Examination Board
    London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
  • UK National Curriculum

Religious Affiliation:

  • All denominations welcome
  • Church of England

Teaching Languages:

  • English
  • French
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