On Thursday 19th September it was a certainly pirate’s life for the children and staff at Northbourne Park School Pre-Prep as all the children and staff from Nursery to Year 2 celebrated ‘International Talk Like A Pirate Day’ in style. 

The children enjoyed their pirate themed day by coming to school dressed as pirates, taking part in themed activities throughout the day such as making treasure maps, finding treasure and painting pictures of their favourite pirate.  It was all hands on deck at break time as Captain ‘Jack’ Smith aka Richard Smith, Reception Teacher, led the crew and children to their very own pirate ship, ready to sale the high seas.  Yo ho, Yo ho … Drink up me ‘earties, yo ho!

The children looked wonderful in their costumes and really played the part! 

Gillian Rees Head of Pre-Prep said “We look forward to this event at the start of every school year.  The children and teachers love to dress up and play a part for the day”.

Northbourne Park School is an independent co-educational day and boarding preparatory school for children aged 3 – 13 years.  Northbourne Park 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 30 minutes of Ashford International rail station, Northbourne Park is the most convenient prep school for France and Belgium.

2.   The schoolʼs language programme was founded in 1990.  Children 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 chose to stay on and progress further in the UK education system.


For more information on the school, to request a full copy of the report or photographs, please contact the Headmaster, Sebastian Rees or School Administrator, Jackie Jones on 01304 611 215.

Northbourne Park School



Kent, CT14 0NW.

Telephone: 01304 611215

Email: [email protected]