It only seems like yesterday that the Duchess of Cambridge was leaving hospital with a baby Prince George in her arms, but his royal cuteness is all set to start school in September and it’s just been announced which school he’ll be attending.
The three-year-old is set to be enrolled at the Private Thomas’s School in Battersea, South London. One of four family-run schools in London, the mixed-sex day school, which costs £6,110 a term, is said to be particularly focused on the arts, sports and outdoor activities. Something that should suit the lively Prince perfectly.
In a letter to parents today, the school’s principles, Ben Thomas and Tobyn Thomas, said: “A statement will be made today by Kensington Palace announcing that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have decided on Prince George’s next school.”
“In advance of that announcement, we are delighted to let you know that they have chosen Thomas’s and that from September Prince George will be a pupil at Thomas’s Battersea.”
Unsurprisingly the school is thrilled to be welcoming the young royal in September and honoured that their aims and values “reflect those that Their Royal Highnesses would like for Prince George’s education”.
A spokesman for Kensington Palace said: “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.”
And though no doubt security measures will have to be considered in light of Prince George’s attendance, the principals told parents that they did not expect the overall feel of the school to change when the young royal starts in September.
“The Duke and Duchess have made it clear that they do not wish Prince George’s attendance at Thomas’s to change its aims, values or ethos in any way,” the message to parents continued.
“They would like, as far as is possible, for him to enjoy the same education that all of our pupils receive and for them to join the school community as all of our new parents do.”
It was previously thought that Prince George might attend the Wetherby School in either Notting Hill or Kensington, the same school as his father and Prince Harry, but clearly the Duke and Duchess have had a change of heart.
Choosing a school for your little one is one of the biggest decisions parents will have to make, so it’s likely the Duke and Duchess will be relieved to have finally settled on their school of choice.
Just yesterday, Kate was opening up about her own personal struggles with motherhood. Speaking at a mental health engagement as part of her, William and Harry’s Head’s Together initiative. The charity event, organised by Best Beginnings, focused on child health and the mental wellbeing of new mums.
In a rare speech, Kate spoke about her own parenting journey: “Personally, becoming a mother has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience. However, at times it has also been a huge challenge. Even for me, who has support at home that most mothers do not.”
“Nothing can really prepare you for the sheer, overwhelming experience of what it means to become a mother. It’s full of complex emotions of joy, exhaustion, love and worry, all mixed together.”
And like many mums, Kate recognised the pressures some feel to be a perfect parent: “There is no rule book, no right or wrong. You just have to make it up and do the very best you can to care for your family. For many mothers, myself included, this can at times lead to a lack of confidence and feelings of ignorance.”
We can’t wait to see how the Duchess styles out the school run.
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