Children and staff in the Pre Prep and Nursery at Northbourne Park School are thrilled to have won a GOLD Award in this year’s South and South East in Bloom ‘Schools Environmental Challenge’.

South & South East in Bloom shows its support for our native wildlife and sees an increase in the opportunities for learning about the environment around us.  This year’s School’s Environmental Challenge was to find the Schools that contributed the most to caring for our fragile environment, using the school grounds to encourage and support wildlife and the wider educational value this brings to children and pupils.

From January to June this year, all the children at the Pre-Prep were involved in completing many different tasks to support the challenge.  The evidence was documented in a detailed portfolio.

Some of the many tasks the children completed included how the school seeks to encourage wildlife such as bird feeders, bird boxes and planting appropriate plants for wildlife.  Also, what actions are taken to reduce the school’s environmental impact such as recycling, conserving energy, water harvesting. 

Gillian Rees, Head of Pre-Prep, said:  “We are very proud to have achieved the 2019 Gold Award in this challenge.  The children and staff all enjoyed taking part and are already looking forward to next year’s Challenge”.

  1. 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