Prince George ‘won’t get special treatment’ at new school as he begins his first day
Prince George’s new school has insisted the future King will get no special treatment above other pupils.
Ben Thomas, who was headmaster of Thomas’s Battersea for 18 years, and is now principal of the group of Thomas’s London Day Schools, insisted that George would be treated like any other pupil.
He said: “Our aim for him, as well as for all of our pupils, is to provide a safe and secure and happy environment where he feels supported by a kind and loving community. That’s all we will be trying to achieve for him.
“There won’t be any special treatment at all.
“In fact what his parents would like for him, as any parent would like for their child, is they have a wonderful, fulfilling and private childhood in a place which is secure.”
His said his first year would be “incredibly exciting”.
Mr Thomas added: “It’s an incredibly exciting time up and down the country. There are children starting school at this time everywhere.
“Here at Thomas’s we have three principles: enjoyment, learning and achievement.
“For lower school children it’s all about the enjoyment. We are going to try to make this a really happy, safe and secure time.
“The emphasis will be on a very, very gentle start. They start with half days and then the moment comes when they get to stay for lunch, which is a really big deal trying to balance their lunch on their trays.
“And then they will be here eventually for full days and then we start to introduce them to the breadth of the curriculum.
“But the emphasis is on making sure they feel safe, they feel secure and they feel happy. If we get that in place, then they’ll start to explore.”
Asked why the Cambridge’s chose Thomas’s Battersea, as opposed to a traditional royal feeder school, he said: “The choice of your first child’s first school is incredibly personal. The short answer is that you will have to ask them.
“But what lots of parents tell us is that what they love about the school is the breadth of the curriculum, the fact that we focus not just on children’s intellectual development but also their artistic and sporting development as well.
“They approve of our central school rule which is to be kind. And also many parents love that we have a very strong set of values, which the children are informed about through their education.
“That includes kindness and courtesy, humility and being givers and not takers.
“It’s such a cliché but it’s about developing children in these early years of their childhood. “
He was asked: “When George leaves, what kind of sort of young man do you hope he will become?”
Mr Thomas said: “I hope very much that he will be himself. The whole aim of these precious years of early education is to give children that confidence.
“So we are not going to try to mould them into any kind of particular person.
“We want him to have the confidence to be himself with all his quirks and idiosyncrasies and characteristics.”
Asked how they would ensure there was minimal disruption to the other children, he said: “There has been a lot of planning as you can imagine but the emphasis has very much been on making sure that doesn’t happen.
“I think today has been very exciting… but very quickly I think that will calm down.
“We’ll be looking forward to a time, which I think will come very soon, when he’s just another Thomas’s pupil. “
There will be 21 children in George’s class, one of three classes in the reception year.
Each child has their own desk and peg with their name on.
Mr Thomas said of the prince’s first day: “He is going to be focusing on his classroom.
“He will be introduced to his form teacher and his teaching assistant. It will be a very gentle introduction to the school. It will be over almost before they know it.
“It will be a half day today. All parents will probably have just enough time to get home and recover, have a cup of coffee, before they are back to pick them up.”
He added: “We have had a huge upgrade of all the classrooms reception to year 4, which is the culmination of a three-year architectural master plan.
“The classrooms are, if I say so myself, looking absolutely beautiful.
“The one major thing about reception that is different to other years is the reception carousel, which is where we push the doors back and all three classrooms join to together.
“And then they have the chance to play both inside and outside and have the chance to rotate and chose which activates they want to do. It happens three times a week. “
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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