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The school Prince George will be attending starting this September has been described as ‘busy’ and ‘slightly chaotic’ in a review by the Good Schools Guide.
William and Kate’s firstborn will be starting school in just a few weeks at the prestigious private day school Thomas’s Battersea.
And now a review of the school, which charges fees of £17,604 a year, says the establishment offers the ‘best English education money can buy’ but is also ‘busy’ and ‘chaotic’.
In the review, Thomas’s Battersea is described as a school that ‘celebrates and appears to make the most of this range of different cultures’, where 19 different foreign languages are spoken at the pupils’ home, but also as a place where parents are ‘anxious and ambitious’.
George attended Westacre Montessori school nursery in Norfolk
‘Academically, teaching deemed pretty good, though lots of coaching still occurring in the last years. “Just as insurance,” say the parents,’ the guide noted. ‘We did feel that this was definitely more about anxious and ambitious parents than inadequately taught children.’
The respected guide carries on to say that the education there is good, but the environment can be busy and considered ‘overwhelming’ for some students.
‘A big, busy, slightly chaotic school for cosmopolitan parents who want their children to have the best English education money can buy. That is what they want and, to a large degree, that is what they get.’
‘Plenty of opportunities for pupils to excel but withdrawn types might find it all somewhat overwhelming.’
The school is also described as having great facilities, including science labs and gym.
Prince George will be one of the youngest pupils in his year, having just turned four this summer
Speaking about George’s impending arrival at school, the Duchess of Cambridge, who will be reportedly be doing the school run along with William, has previously said her son ‘has any idea what’s going to hit him’.
Other details about the school have also been revealed, such as the uniform the Prince will have to wear.
The compulsory attire, which must be bought from John Lewis, includes a navy v-neck pullover, long red socks and black shoes, as well as matching Bermuda-style school shorts, and will cost around £365.
In between learning subjects such as art, ballet, drama, ICT, French, music and physical education, the Prince and his new classmates will be provided with morning snacks like organic milk, grissini wholewheat bread sticks and freshly baked pain aux raisin, according to The Telegraph.
Thomas’s Battersea students are also treated to freshly cooked meals for lunch, which often include organic meat, vegetables and dairy.