Prince George Prepares for Year One

Duke and Duchess Opt for Battersea Location

In a break from tradition, Kensington Palace recently announced that Prince George would be attending Thomas’s Day School in Battersea from September 2017.  The school is one of the top in London and is one of four Thomas’s Day School locations.  The Battersea campus educates 540 boys and girls ages 4-13.  Its website says its most important rule is to “be kind”, with teaching based on “enjoyment, learning and achievement”.

The sprawling campus is arranged around an attractive courtyard with a one-acre playground, a rooftop playground and a quiet garden.  Facilities include an historic Great Hall which is equipped with a theatre, a gymnasium, a ballet room, three fully equipped science laboratories, art and pottery rooms, a spacious music school, including a recital room and instrumental practice rooms, two libraries and two computing suites.

Parents at the school were sent a letter by headmaster Ben Thomas stating, “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. 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.” The letter went on to ensure parents that, ”There has of course been a certain amount of planning and preparation in advance of this announcement, particularly in the areas of security and communication. Pupils will be told the news at school today; members of staff have been briefed.”

The Duchess of Cambridge met a few fellow parents of the school at a gala dinner at the National Portrait Gallery last week. She joked that "I'm not sure George has any idea what is going to hit him. Maybe I’ll see you at the school gates in September”.

It doesn’t go unnoticed that the Duke and Duchess chose the Battersea school location and not the Kensington one, a stone’s throw from their royal residence at Kensington Palace. This may be an indication that the Battersea area is increasingly growing in desirability. The area is home to many middle class young professionals; mostly bankers, journalists and city types who have reinvigorated the area and renovated it’s once run down Victorian homes.

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