Northbourne Park School: La Petite Ecole à la Grande Ecole

Northbourne Park School: La Petite Ecole à la grande école

On Saturday 23rd April, the woods at Bright World’s Partner School - Northbourne Park School, echoed with happy, excited and multilingual children.

Pupils from Northbourne Park’s Section Française, and budding linguists from the school’s English section, had the pleasure of welcoming young bilingual children from Petite Ecole de Canterbury; a Saturday morning mini-school aimed at local bilingual children. Both Senior and Intermediate pupils from Northbourne Park had the opportunity to demonstrate and pass on their woodland skills, such as the intricate technique of den building and the fine art of marshmallow roasting. All of this, of course, in French!

Marie Hutchinson, Head of Languages at Northbourne Park said: “All creatures, great and small, enjoyed a lovely morning of Entente Cordiale. Bravo les enfants!”

Northbourne Park School is an independent co-educational day and boarding preparatory school for children aged 3 - 13 years. The school aims to develop articulate, confident and happy children, inspiring in every child the confidence to succeed. Northbourne Park School has an excellent record of academic success supported by a renowned emphasis on developing other skills (modern languages, sport, music and leadership activities) that equip children for success later in life.

Situated in the beautiful Betteshanger estate, the school is set in more than 100 acres of parkland and woods. Close to Canterbury, Kent's ferry ports, 1hr from London and within 25 minutes of Ashford International rail station, Northbourne Park is the most convenient prep school for France and Belgium.

The school’s language programme was founded in 1990. Children in the Section Francaise Bilingue spend up to two years at Northbourne Park usually between the ages of 11 and 13. They can then return to their studies in their home country or may choose to stay on and progress further in the UK education system.

For further information on this school, or if you are interested in learning more about placement and uk guardianship, please get in touch with Director of Sales & Marketing, Charlotte Hamson charlotte@brightworld.co.uk, call 01273 835745 or enquire online.


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