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Set in 100 acres of parkland and woods in a large rambling Victorian house – a much-loved, happy place. Traditional values, a strong work ethic and a belief in and encouragement of service to the community. ‘What makes Northbourne really special is the interaction between the English, French and Spanish children. It gave my son a real head start in languages,’ said one mother. Not a grand school – great sense of informality and freedom with a cosy, family feel. Children are encouraged to climb trees and each...

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What the school says...

One of England's leading prep schools, offering nursery, day and boarding facilities to girls and boys aged from 3-13. Set in 100 acres of beautiful park and woodland the school is within easy reach from central London, Kents Eurostar and Gatwick airport.
Northbourne Park has for many years introduced hundreds of children to the joys and challenges of school life, offering each child the freedom, space and countless opportunities to grow in confidence and succeed.
Although non-selective, Common Entrance exam is consistently achieved with 100% pass rate, with many pupils gaining scholarships to prestigious Senior Schools. We are passionate about Sport and nurture a love for the Creative Arts which, along with our much respected unique Outdoor Education and Bilingual Language Programmes, and the strengths in producing excellent young musicians, ensure every child can flourish.
In a safe and nurturing environment with a real family atmosphere, pupils receive first-class levels of pastoral care. The outstanding boarding facilities provide a home-from-home environment and a continuous boarding service at weekends throughout the term. Accompanied travel services to London also provide opportunities for weekends at home.

Whether they are playing in the woods, camping out, or following our pioneering Outdoor Education Programme, children love Northbourne Park life.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2015, Sebastian Rees, previously head of Seaford College Prep in Sussex. He has also been assistant head at neighbouring Northbourne Primary School and director of studies at Junior King's School, Canterbury. Studied French at UCL; is also fluent in Spanish and worked in two Spanish schools earlier in his career. Coaches football, cricket and rugby.


Taster day and tests in English and maths. The head likes to meet the whole family where possible. Almost non-selective – can adapt the curriculum to suit a child with learning difficulties as long as they are not too severe. They look for children who will be happy at Northbourne and most children are of at least average ability. Usually spaces in most year groups.

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Special Education Needs

Northbourne Park has a well established learning support department providing for SpLDs such as dyslexia and dyspraxia; ADHD/ADD; and giving general support according to children's needs, to any prospective pupil who meets our selection criteria. We have a few children with social communication disorders such as Asperger's Syndrome, and have developed a 'school friendly' approach to their care. We consider each child as an individual and look to provide individual programmes.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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