The world is obsessed with little Prince George, and now the obsession has progressed to the school he’s attending for the first time. While it’s an ordinary school, it has some pretty unusual rules: namely, the pupils aren’t really supposed to make best friends.
Prince George is attending Thomas’s Battersea, in London. On the Loose Women talk show, panelist Jane Moore recently mentioned that the school has a policy discouraging kids from having best friends. Moore, who lives in the area and whose friends send children there, thinks the policy is a good one.
“There’s a policy that if your child is having a party — unless every child is invited — you don’t give out the invites in class,” she added, mentioning, “I think [it] is quite a good thing as you don’t feel excluded”. All admirable intentions. But what else do we know about the school raising the possible future King of England?
1. It’s Kind: At Thomas’s, “the most important school rule is to ‘Be Kind’.” In the school’s list of values, they say that they aim to engender an ethos of kindness, encouragement, and understanding, in which pupils’ strengths are developed and their weaknesses supported.”
2. It’s Small: On their official website, Thomas’s Battersea claims to be “a busy, thriving, purposeful school, educating 560 boys and girls between the ages of four and 13.”
3. It’s Select: As you can imagine from its size, Thomas’s doesn’t just take anyone. There’s a thirty-minute assessment for any child wanting to join the school, and if the assessment is successful, they also need a reference from their last school.
4. It’s Intense: From the child’s first days at school, their curriculum includes “Art, Ballet, Drama, ICT, French, Music and PE,” all of these classes “taught by specialized teachers”
6. It’s Religious: Although “open to children of all faiths,” Thomas’s is a “Christian school.” Nevertheless, in their Ethics and Morality classes, the students are taught about six different world religions.
7. It’s Expensive: For one child between four and seven, it’s £5,868 to enroll.
8. It’s Secure: After an incident where a 40-year-old woman attempted to break into the school, Thomas’s is reviewing their safety arrangements – a very important consideration, when you’re teaching the most sought-after four-year-old on the face of the planet!
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