Northbourne Park

Type of school: Co-Ed Preparatory school

Nearest international airport: Gatwick (145km)

Age Range: Nursery -13

Number of pupils: 146

Number of boarders: 40

Fees per term: Boarding: £7,680–£8,340
Day: £2,650–£5,335


Leadership-Northbourne-ParkNorthbourne Park is a co-educational day and boarding preparatory school for children between the ages of Nursery and 13. Set in over 100 acres of beautiful park and woodland in rural Kent, the school is close to Canterbury and within easy reach from central London, Eurostar and Gatwick Airport. Northbourne Park provides children with a first-class education focussing on the individual needs of every child, inspiring them to succeed across a wide range of learning experiences. We are a school that offers each child freedom and space, together with countless opportunities to grow in confidence and succeed.


From the Nursery and Pre-Prep through to the Prep School, Northbourne Park is an environment where each and every child can flourish. All our pupils gain confidence in their learning and through inspirational teaching from dedicated staff, the pupils adapt well to an engaging and stimulating curriculum with a real sense of achievement. Although non-selective we consistently achieve 100% pass rate in entrance examinations to top Independent Senior and local Grammar schools (Common Entrance and 11+), London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). Many of our pupils gain scholarships to prestigious Senior Schools. The school’s unique Language Programme helps every child develop foreign languages in an integrated learning environment. The result is a clear advantage when they move on to Senior Schools.


Netball-Northbourne-Park-12We are passionate about sport and through an excellent sports programme the pupils develop key skills and learn the importance of teamwork and leadership. There are many opportunities to try a variety of sports from traditional sports to the more diverse such as archery, gymnastics and trampolining.

Creative Arts

We nurture a love for all the Arts. Many pupils learn one or more instrument in our purpose-built Music suite, and have the opportunity to take part in the choir, band, orchestra, string and brass groups performing regularly within the school and in the local area. Other opportunities include LAMDA lessons, regular 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, film-making on iMacs and pottery.Northbourne-Park-Drama-Jungle-Book-64


Pupils are provided with a first-class level of pastoral care in a safe and nurturing environment with a real family atmosphere. Our welcoming boarding community provides a home-from-home environment and a continuous boarding service at weekends throughout the term. Boarders enjoy regular excursions and activities, and the accompanied services to London and Paris provide opportunities for weekends at home. Northbourne Park School holds Tier 4 Status for non-European pupils requiring visas under the UK Visa and Immigration Service scheme.


We provide the pupils with 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. Whether they are playing in the woods, camping out overnight or following our pioneering Outdoor Education Programme, children love Northbourne Park life.

All prospective pupils are welcome and we offer a wide range of scholarships.

“The 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.”