Prince George's New School Breaks With Royal Tradition

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It's just been confirmed that Prince George will attend the £17,000 a year Thomas's Battersea School in Battersea, South London, when the family move back to the capital later this year.

It was thought that Prince George might attend Wetherby School in Notting Hill, but a post from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's official Twitter account confirmed his attendance at the South London school instead.

In a joint statement, the couple have 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."

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And George's attendance at the school will mark a big break in royal tradition, in that Thomas's is a mixed sex school. Traditionally, male members of the royal family have gone to same-sex boy's schools. Prince William and Prince Harry famously attended the Wetherby Pre-Preparatory School in London, and later went on to attend Eton - both well-known, prestigious boy's schools.

So could Catherine be influencing the break from the royal norm?

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The school seems to align closely with the Duchess' values, stating that "we place a greater emphasis on a set of core values, which include kindness, courtesy, confidence, humility and learning to be givers, not takers." Apparently, being "kind" is also their "most important school rule" - and children are actively discouraged from picking a ‘best friend', in order to not hurt other children's feelings.

Catherine has previously said that, "My parents taught me about the importance of qualities like kindness, respect, and honesty, and I realise how central values like these have been to me throughout my life. That is why William and I want to teach our little children, George and Charlotte, just how important these things are as they grow up."

And it could well be that Catherine and William would like their children to both attend the same school, which wouldn't be possible had George been sent to Wetherby. Could that be the reason he's off to Thomas's?

The private day school is famed for its focus on the arts, sports, and outdoor activities, which should also fit pretty well considering George's sporty parents. It's also a highly renowned school for getting its pupils into top performing schools, which will also bode well for George, who is third in line to the throne.

The headmaster of Thomas's Battersea has said "We greatly look forward to welcoming him and all of our new pupils to the school in September."

But George, who currently attends Westacre Montessori School in Norfolk, won't be the first famous face to bag a place at the London school. Past attendees include model Cara Delevigne, and Florence Welch, of the band Florence and the Machine.

Amy Hunt
Amy Hunt

Amy Hunt is Life Channel Editor at womanandhome.com, having been with the brand since 2015. She began as the magazine's features assistant before moving over to digital as a News and Features Writer, before becoming Senior Writer, and now a Channel Editor. She has worked on either women's lifestyle websites previously too—including Woman's Weekly, Goodto.com, Woman, and Woman's Own. In 2019, Amy won the Digital Journalist of the Year award at the AOP Awards, for her work on womanandhome.com. She is passionate about everything from books, to homes, to food and the latest news on the royal family. When she isn't editing or updating articles on cleaning, homewares, the newest home gadgets, or the latest books releases for the website, she's busy burying her nose in a gripping thriller, practising yoga, or buying new homeware of her own.