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Northbourne Park School

Betteshanger, Deal, Kent, England CT14 0NW

Private School (Fee Paying) Co-Educational 2 - 13 Years Day & Boarding (Full)

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.

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Mark Hammond

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.

What We Offer

  • Common Entrance
  • LAMDA - London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
  • Agriculture/Horticulture
  • Classics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Electronics
  • Environmental studies
  • ICT
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Photography
  • Theology
  • Chinese - Mandarin
  • English
  • English As Foreign/2nd Language
  • French
  • Latin
  • 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
  • Chess
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • First Aid/Life Savers
  • Horse Riding & Management
  • Horticulture
  • Language Club
  • Orienteering
  • Public Speaking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Yoga
  • Autistic Spectrum of Disorder (ASD)
  • Visual Impairment (VI)
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Aspergers Syndrome (AS)
  • Delicate/Medical Conditions
  • Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD)
  • Language and Communication Disorders
  • After School Club
  • Armed Forces Children
  • Before School Club
  • Diplomatic Children
  • Expatriate Children
  • Gifted Children
  • International Students
  • Rail Services
  • School Bus Service
  • Special Diets


  • Assessment
  • Interview
  • Report from previous school
  • Early registration or registration at birth
  • Academic
  • All-rounder
  • Armed forces discounts or bursaries
  • Art
  • Clergy/Ministers
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Organ
  • Siblings
  • Sport
  • All denominations welcome
  • Church of England
  • English
  • French

    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

    26Full Boarding22
    2Weekly Boarding6
    Boys Girls

    Number Of Staff

    Full-time: 38
    Part-time: 18

    % Pupils Gaining
    GCSE/IGCSE Passes 5 - 9

    % Pupils Gaining
    A Level Grades A – C

    % Pupils Going
    To University

    School Reviews

    A Year 6 Parent

    Northbourne Park School has been the perfect place for both my son and me - and I will always be so grateful for the school's support.  

    A Parent

    We will be forever grateful for the school’s contributions in nurturing our son’s potential.  

    A Year 6 Parent

    Our daughter has blossomed at Northbourne Park for which we thank you and the faculty that allows Northbourne’s educational magic to happen.  


    Thank you for your time and the courtesies you extended to us during our visit to your very inspiring and exciting school. We all had a most fulfilling time during our visit.  

    A Parent

    Coming to Northbourne Park was absolutely the right decision for my twins.