Following in the footsteps of thousands of children across the country, Prince George recently attended his first day at school at the prestigious Thomas’s Battersea.
Accompanied by dad
The third in line to the throne was led through the school gates by Prince William, who held on to the youngster’s bag as they entered. Notably absent was the Duchess of Cambridge whose recent pregnancy announcement, and reoccurrence of severe morning sickness, had her staying behind.
George looked understandably apprehensive as he was met at the side entrance by Helen Haslem, the head of lower school. He greeted her with a formal handshake before being led inside to his new reception class, with the Duke following by his side. Media coverage was limited to only one cameraman and one photographer to protect the Prince’s privacy on his big day. In contrast, Prince William was met with a crowd of cameras on his first day, something which Kate and William were not keen to repeat.
George’s enrolment in the £18,000 a year school makes him the first direct royal heir to attend an educational setting south of the river. Thomas’s Battersea prides itself on its core values which include teaching the children to be kind, helping them to gain confidence, leadership and humility while discouraging them from having a best friend so as not to upset any other children.
The Good Schools Guide states that there is a wide range of pupils who speak different languages at home, with 19 noted. Parents are advised to place their child’s name on a waiting list from birth to give them the best chance of them getting a place at the oversubscribed school.
Although the school offers a wide range of resources to support the curriculum, it’s likely that the four-year-old may prefer to play on the rooftop playground which is equipped with children’s wooden climbing frames, such as those found here http://www.niclimbingframes.com/ which have views stretching across London.
George Cambridge, as he will be known at school, will be taught all about expressive arts and design, communication and language, and understanding the world. The 560 children that attend the school also have access to a pottery room, science labs, a ballet room and two libraries. Whatever preference George expresses, he will be encouraged to gain the confidence to be himself.