Prince George's School: Why Kate Middleton, Prince William Ditched Wetherby For Thomas's Battersea In London
Kate Middleton and Prince William made a decision to send Prince George to Thomas's Battersea in London when they'll move to the city in the fall. The choice surprised royal watchers who assumed the 3-year-old prince would attend Wetherby, his father's alma mater, for his formal education.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ditched an all-boys school like Wetherby for a co-ed community like Thomas's Battersea for one important reason. They want his sister, Princess Charlotte, to attend the same school in the following year as well, as per Vanity Fair.
Prince George currently attends Norfolk's Westacre Montessori a hundred miles off London. The Cambridges, however, are set to move to Kensington Palace when both the Duke and the Duchess attend to their full-time duties as royals after the summer.
"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," the palace confirmed the news with an official statement, as per Telegraph. Thomas's Battersea headmaster Ben Thomas also sent an email to the other parents regarding the Cambridges.
"Like so many parents, the Duke and Duchess have put a great deal of thought into the choice of their eldest child's first 'big school," Thomas wrote, as per News Corp. Australia. He cited there will be changes to communication and security measures around the school when the prince begins his term.
Thomas's Battersea is one of London's top private schools. Some 540 students between four to 13-years-old attend the institution for $5,620 (£4,500) a term. The school specializes in sports, art, music, drama and ballet.
"We place a greater emphasis on a set of core values, which include kindness, courtesy, confidence, humility and learning to be givers, not takers," the headmaster said. Students of Thomas's Battersea are also encouraged inclusivity and discouraged from picking out a best friend.