The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have enrolled Prince George at Thomas’s School in Battersea, which he will start attending from September. The young Prince, who will be four years old when the term commences, will be a part of a famous alumni as former pupils of Thomas’s include singer Florence Welch and model Cara Delevingne as well as older sisters Poppy and Chloe Delevingne. Last week, Kensington Palace made the announcement in a statement, which read: “Their Royal Highnesses are delighted to have found a school where they are confident George will have a happy and successful start to his education.”
The £6,110-a-term private school is for both boys and girls between the ages of four and 13. The institution has a strong focus on the arts, sports and outdoor activities in addition to academics. Thomas’s Schools are a family run establishment which were set up by Joanna and David Thomas in 1971. The current principals, Ben and Tobyn Thomas, are the sons of the founders. Ben issued a statement, which said: “We are honoured and delighted that Their Royal Highnesses 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 south London based school has 540 day pupils and is considered one of the best in the capital. There are also other Thomas’s schools in Kensington, Clapham and Fulham. Thomas’s Battersea school’s website details the importance “to be kind” as well as boasting a teaching framework based on “enjoyment, learning and achievement”. It states: “Whilst we are proud of our record of senior school entrance and scholarship successes, we place a greater emphasis on a set of core values, which include kindness, courtesy, confidence, humility and learning to be givers, not takers.”
Ben, the headteacher, has previously revealed he hopes pupils educated there will have “lots of good friends” rather than one best friend, in an attempt to avoid being possessive and hurt feelings. Meanwhile, it was widely speculated that Prince George would follow in his father Prince William and his uncle Prince Harry’s footsteps by attending Wetherby School in Notting Hill. It is believed that the Duke and Duchess opted for a co-ed school so their daughter Princess Charlotte would be able to join her older brother.
Source: HELLO MAGAZINE
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