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Prince George's New School Has Been Confirmed

Prince George on his first day at Montessori nursery school © Getty Images

Kensington Palace has confirmed that Prince George will enrol at Thomas's, Battersea, in September.

The mixed-sex day private school is just a few miles from Kensington Palace, which will become the new home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, George and their youngest daughter Charlotte later this year.

'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,' a statement from Kensington Palace revealed.

According to its website, Thomas's has 540 pupils aged between four and 13, and places a special focus on the arts and sports, as well as the children's emotional wellbeing. The most important rule is to 'be kind.'

Prince George 'flys' a helicopter © Getty Images

'We are honoured and delighted that their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen Thomas’s Battersea for Prince George,' headmaster Ben Thomas commented after the announcement was made, adding, 'We greatly look forward to welcoming him and all of our new pupils to the school in September.'

What makes this an unexpected choice?

Both Prince William and Prince Harry attended Wetherby Pre-Prep in Marylebone, and many had expected that George would follow in their footsteps. Traditionally, the royal family has favoured single-sex schooling: Thomas's is a co-educational school, meaning that unlike his father, grandfather and great-grandfather, George will be in a classroom with boys and girls.

How much does it cost to attend Thomas's?

The school charges £6,110 per term.

What will Prince George be learning?

Prince George © Getty Images

According to the school's website, it 'offer[s] a rich and broad curriculum, with Art, Ballet, Drama, ICT, French, Music and PE all taught by specialist teachers from a child’s first day in school.'

There is also a strong focus on the pastoral and emotional development of the children. '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 website continues.

Who else went to Thomas's, Battersea?

While three-year-old George is the first royal to totter through these particular school gates, Thomas's has been attended by a handful of famous faces in its 40-year history. Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine) and the three Delevingne sisters, Poppy, Chloe and Cara were all reportedly pupils.

Where is George currently at school?

At three years old, George is still too young for full-time schooling, but has been enrolled at the Westacre Montessori nursery school, close to his present family home at Anmer Hall in Norfolk, since January 2016.

It is thought that Princess Charlotte, who turns two in May, will start nursery school this summer.

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