Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William could break with royal tradition when it comes to Prince George's school

Will the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge break with royal tradition to send Prince George to a co-ed secondary school? [Photo: PA]

Back in September, Prince George donned his £370 uniform and trotted off for his first day at school at Thomas’s Battersea.

Though he hasn’t even completed half a term at primary school, speculation has already been mounting about which secondary school his royal cuteness might attend, with some wondering if the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William will break with tradition and send George to a co-educational school.

“The word on the street is that his parents want co-education and boarding when he leaves prep school,” a source told The Sunday Times.

This would mean that rather than following in William and Harry’s footsteps and attending the prestigious Eton, a single-sex school, George would echo his mother Kate’s education – the Duchess attended the mixed-sex boarding school Marlborough College.

He has only just started primary school but speculation is mounting about where Prince George will go to senior school [Photo: PA]

The publication also reported that Brighton College could be a strong contender, as in recent years it has been the most popular choice of senior education for those leaving Thomas’s.

According to recent figures, most pupils leaving the school have opted to attend co-educational schools, instead of single-sex schools.

The headmaster of Brighton College told The Sunday Times that if the Duke and Duchess do choose to send Prince George to the school it would be a “groundbreaking” decision for the royal family.

The head of the school also added that the decision would be in line with other “modern parents”, who feel “increasingly strongly that segregating their sons from their daughters is unnatural and not obvious preparation for a world where women and men are equal partners at work.”

There has been quite a debate surrounding the pros and cons of mixed versus single-sex education of late.

Previous research suggested that women who attended an all-girls school were “compromised in the workplace as their ability to network and cooperate with men was inhibited.”

The Australian Council for Educational Research also released fresh research earlier this year which found that students in co-ed schools learn at the same speed or even faster than their segregated counterparts.

But other studies have suggested that single-sex schools achieve better outcomes because girls and boys have different learning needs, so both genders can benefit from different learning environments.

So there is quite a lot for the Cambridges (Prince George will go by the name George Cambridge at school) to consider before making their final decision about where George should be sent. And they have quite some time to think about it.

The Duchess of Cambridge made a surprise appearance this morning [Photo: PA]

In the meantime, the young Prince can enjoy settling into his new school life enjoying the fancy pants lunch menu and playing with his new pals.

No doubt George will be pleased that his mother seems to have turned a corner in her battle with the pregnancy condition Hyperemesis Gravidarum, or severe morning sickness.

Last week, royal fans were delighted to see the Duchess making her first appearance since announcing her third pregnancy in September and being forced to time time off from her royal duties.

And this morning, she made a surprise appearance at Paddington station alongside Princes William and Harry.

Kate joined actor Hugh Bonneville and other cast members from ‘Paddington 2’ to welcome 130 children from a dozen charities supported by the royal trio.

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