Details of Prince George’s primary schooling have been announced by Kensington Palace: George is to attend Thomas’s, Battersea.
It was assumed that the Prince, 3, would attend Wetherby prep school, the same that Prince William and Prince Harry attended as children, located in central London.
However, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen a school south of the River Thames, near to Battersea Park. The private school occupies a Grade II listed building from 1700, the former Sir Walter St John Grammar, and is located 4.5 miles from Kensington Palace.
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Thomas’s says that the most important school rule “is to ‘Be Kind'” and states it offers “a rich and broad curriculum, with Art, Ballet, Drama, ICT, French, Music and PE all taught by specialist teachers”. It has other schools in London, too.
A statement from Kensington Palace said that William and Catherine were ‘delighted’ to have found a school, and they are confident George will ‘have a happy and successful start to his education’; George turns 4, the age that schooling starts in the UK, in July.
Ben Thomas, Headmaster at Thomas’s Battersea, said: “We are honoured and delighted that TRH’s The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen Thomas’s Battersea for Prince George. We greatly look forward to welcoming him and all of our new pupils to the school in September.”
The Tatler Schools Guide states Thomas’s charge £6000 per term, and its uniform appears to be navy and red.
Prince George, who is third in line to the throne, currently attends nursery in Norfolk, the Westacre Montessori School. Princess Charlotte is due to start nursery this autumn, as Prince William leaves piloting and the family return to London, but no details have been released.