Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to send Prince George to £6,000 per term London school
THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to send Prince George to £6,000 per term pre-prep school Thomas’s Battersea in September,
William and Kate sprung a major surprise today by announcing that their son would not be attended Wetherby, the pre-prep school in west London attended by the Duke of Cambridge and his brother Prince Harry.
A key difference between Thomas’s and Wetherby is that the royal couple’s choice for their son is co-educational, whereas Wetherby caters only for boys.
Kensington Palace said in a statement: “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.”
Ben Thomas, headmaster at Thomas’s Battersea, 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.”
Thomas’s Battersea, which educates 540 boys and girls aged between four and 13, is one of four independent, London co-educational preparatory schools run by the same family, which also has a primary academy in Fulham and a kindergarten in Battersea. The other prep schools are in the suburbs of Clapham, Fulham, and Kensington.
Mr Thomas, whose mother Joanna, a former actress, founded the first school in 1971, hit the headlines in 2013 when he was reported to have said his school would ‘ban’ children from having best friends.
The school insists he did not quite say that but was in favour of children having numerous friends rather than one special best friend, something it still supports At the time Mr Thomas said there was no official policy to that effect but he supported the idea.
“There is sound judgment behind it. You can get very possessive friendships, and it is much easier if they share friendships and have a wide range of good friends rather than obsessing too much about who their best friend is,” he said back then. “I would certainly endorse a policy which says we should have lots of good friends, not a best friend.
Kensington Palace would not go into details about why the Cambridges chose Thomas’s for George but it is understood that William and Kate looked at several schools and decided that this would give him the best chance of a happy and successful start to his school life.
The school offers a broad curriculum, with art, ballet, drama, ICT, French, music and
PE all taught by specialist teachers from a child’s first day in school.
The school is structured in three, three-year stages (the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools) within a framework of
‘Enjoyment, Learning and Achievement’, which informs a child’s journey through the school.
As with all Thomas’s schools, the most important school rule is to “Be Kind”.
Mr Thomas has been headmaster of Thomas’s Battersea since 1999 but will step down this summer to focus on his wider role as principal of the whole group of schools.
His successor, appointed last May, is Simon O’Malley, currently headmaster of Wellesley House School in Broadstairs, Kent.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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