Northbourne Park International Pupils continued

Admissions procedure

After your initial contact with the school, we will send you a prospectus and will invite you to come and visit the school with your child. Please bring a copy of your child’s last two school reports and any other documents relating to their welfare.  

A meeting with the Headmaster, Sebastian Rees, is followed by a tour of the School during which we will assess your child’s suitability to join the school based on the interview with you and your child, with your child’s level of English and on previous school reports. We might request that your child sits a test in English at that stage or interview your child on Skype if necessary.

Non-European Economic Area (EEA) Pupils Admissions Procedure

All non–EEA pupils who want to study in the U.K. need to have a visa.
In order for a pupil to join Northbourne Park School, parents need to complete the following procedure for a visa application to be made.

  1. Parents send a current school report and a copy of the child’s passport. This must include the front cover of the passport as well as the identification page with the photograph.
  2. If the child meets our entry requirements, the School will then confirm an offer of a place. Skype may be used for an interview process.
  3. Parents then send to the school a completed copy of the Provisional Entry Form.
  4. The school will then send an invoice for the first year’s fees plus the registration fee and deposit, which should be returned to the school as soon as possible.
  5. Once the school has received payment, we will issue you with a Certificate of Acceptance of Studies (CAS). You will need the CAS number for a visa application. Please note that you must use the original documentation and the CAS number for the visa application and that only one CAS will be issued per pupil.

Further details about the CAS process are available from the School Administrator on
Non EEA pupils will require a guardian whilst in the U.K. Guardianship agencies can be found on the AEGIS website at

Northbourne Park International Language Centre (NPILC)

We recommend that all of our prospective pupils consider attending the Northbourne Park International Language Centre, which is run and owned by the school in the summer holidays. This provides both excellent tuition in English, further familiarises prospective pupils with the school and boarding environments whilst making friends and enjoying a wide variety of activities.

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Boys and girls board in the home-from-home environment of the Girls and Boy’s boarding houses in which they live together supported by an experienced and dynamic boarding team, enjoying a rich programme of activities, building enduring friendships and learning to live as responsible and independent members of a community. Please click here to learn more about our unique boarding programme in a new window.

Integrated Learning Environment

International pupils’ immersion in the vibrant life of a busy Prep school provides them with an ‘Integrated Learning Environment’ in which naturally to develop both the language and content of their English. For P.E. and Games lessons and for every other area of school life, break times, assemblies, sports matches, plays and the rich variety of activities that the school offers, English and International pupils mix seamlessly.


The School runs a full boarding activity programme throughout all weekends in term time. We do not run exeat weekends and will always care for our boarders at weekends.

We alternate between full ‘Working Weekends’ and ‘Non-Working Weekends’. During both, the boarding team runs a full boarding service and a wide range of fun activities and trips.

Working Weekends

Working Weekend Saturdays combine lessons and curricular Outdoor Education Leadership sessions in which the pupils follow a programme of leadership and teamwork activities, building first and camps in the woods, learning survival skills and building towards challenges later in the year. One Saturday afternoons the children play sport, either doing practices, playing inter-house matches or playing matches against other schools. Boarding activities run in the evening.

On Sundays the children attend Eucharist in the School church and then write a letter home to parents before Sunday lunch. The afternoon combines activities with some prep time before tea and the evening programme.   

Non–working Weekends

Boarders are welcome to return home or to visit friends and family in the UK on Non-Working Weekends but they do not have to leave school.  Once every half term, the Head of Boarding will co-ordinate accompanied group Eurostar travel to Gare du Nord, Paris and those wishing to return to Paris for the weekend will be accompanied by a member of staff. 

Communication with Parents

International boarders have both their Form Tutor or Mentor (for matters concerning your child’s academic and extra-curricular progress) and the Head of Boarding (for boarding and travel arrangements), both of whom liaise closely with each other during the term. At the start of the year both of these staff members will introduce themselves to you with clear advice about communication by telephone, email, letter and Skype.   


All international pupils have a ‘Correspondent’ who helps them to settle in to start with and aimed at furthering bilingual relationships in the school between pupils. This often develops into life-long friendships between families for many years to come.


Northbourne Park School is situated in the centre of the beautiful Betteshanger Estate, in more than 100 acres of established park and woodland. Its majestic mansion house, church and Dutch garden were designed by George Devey, a renowned Arts and Crafts architect in the country house style. The buildings are Grade 1 listed and much of the school’s family atmosphere derives from the wonderful buildings the school occupies.
The School offers very easy access to the A256 Sandwich to Dover road which links easily with the M2 and M20 motorways to London. The School also runs regular weekend minibuses to Victoria Station, London, as well as staff-accompanied Eurostar travel to Paris.
The school is 15 minutes away from the Dover ferry terminals, and is within 30 minutes from the Eurotunnel for easy access to France. Ashford International railway station is 45 minutes away for connections to Eurostar and the continent.

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Boarding Parents Handbook

To read the NPS Boarding Parents Handbook click here.

Find out more about Northbourne Park School from current Parent Representative Nathalie Defour.

Her son Jean-Baptiste started his Northbourne Park career in the 6e Class of the Section Française Bilingue before transferring to the English Year 7 and 8 Common Entrance programme. Jean Baptiste is a ‘Renaissance Man’, who is a first-class academic, despite being a year young for his age. He plays first team football, rugby and cricket and is an exceptionally able cricketer. He is a School Prefect and House Captain. He also plays the trumpet beautifully and has appeared in the last two School musicals, Joseph and The King and I.

Mrs Defour has kindly offered to talk to prospective parents about the school and answer any questions that they might have.

Tel: +33 62 403 7183


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