Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be home-schooled during St Thomas's Battersea closure

Abigail Malbon
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From Cosmopolitan

  • Prince George and Princess Charlotte will switch to at-home learning as their school, St Thomas's Battersea, closes during coronavirus outbreak.
  • They'll be taught "through online platforms".

Prince George and Princess Charlotte look set to be spending plenty of time at Kensington Palace over the next few weeks, as their school, St Thomas's Battersea, yesterday announced that they're switching to "remote learning" amid the coronavirus outbreak.

A spokesperson from the school said in a statement: "From this date the curriculum will be taught through online learning platforms and we have asked parents to keep their children at home and to access their lessons through this system. This will ensure that children have continuity of learning when they are unable to attend school."

The school has been monitoring the situation for some time now - last month a spokesperson for Thomas's Battersea told Sky News: "We currently have a very small number of pupils who have been tested and these individuals are currently, as per government advice, remaining at home pending the receipt of their test results."

Prince George is in Year 2 while Princess Charlotte started in Reception at the school in September. Along with the usual subjects, their curriculum also includes lessons in French, ballet and swimming.

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The news comes following yesterday's government announcement that schools across the UK will close on Friday afternoon until further notice, in a bid to prevent the spread of the virus.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson told MPs assessments or exams would not go ahead this year and performance tables would not be published. However, he said the government is working with exam boards "to ensure that children get the qualifications that they need".

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