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Prince George to attend school where the most important rule is to 'be kind'

Prince George is to attend a private day school in London where it is taught that kindness is as important as academic success.

George will be four years old when he starts at the mixed-sex Thomas's Battersea school in September which proudly states that its most important rule is to "be kind".

Day fees are £6,110, according to last year's Tatler Schools Guide.

In a welcome note headmaster Ben Thomas said: "Whilst we are proud of our record of senior school entrance and scholarship successes, we place a greater emphasis on a set of core values, which include kindness, courtesy, confidence, humility and learning to be givers, not takers.

"We hope that our pupils will leave this school with a strong sense of social responsibility, set on a path to become net contributors to society and to flourish as conscientious and caring citizens of the world."

Explaining the importance of the school's kindness message, The Tatler Schools Guide says: "It's a balance to Thomas's high-achieving, competitive side: exits to Bryanston, Marlborough and Bradfield last year; the school is feared on central London's sporting circuit; the drama productions are impressive.

"Entrance at 4+ is selective, with 60 places up for grabs (they close the list at 180 registrations). Lots of Chelsea and South Ken families here, who get very stuck into the community."

The royal couple said in a statement: "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."

Mr Thomas said: "We are honoured and delighted that their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen Thomas's Battersea for Prince George.

"We greatly look forward to welcoming him and all of our new pupils to the school in September."

Kate has said she wants to teach her children to know the importance of respect, honesty and kindness.

She said making George, the future king, and his sister Princess Charlotte aware of the value of these qualities was just as important as academic or sporting success.

Kate told a school assembly during a visit in February: "My parents taught me about the importance of qualities like kindness, respect, and honesty, and I realise how central values like these have been to me throughout my life.

"That is why William and I want to teach our little children George and Charlotte just how important these things are as they grow up.

"In my view, it is just as important as excelling at maths or sport."

Kate, who was speaking during the launch of Children's Mental Health Week, said: "People often ask me why I am so interested in the mental health of children and young people.

"The answer is quite simple - it is because I think that every child should have the best possible start in life.

"When I was growing up, I was very lucky. My family was the most important thing to me.

"They provided me with somewhere safe to grow and learn, and I know I was fortunate not to have been confronted by serious adversity at a young age."

Thomas's Battersea, which describes itself as a Christian school, open to children of all faiths, believes in "praise as the greatest motivator".

Parents are told their children will be in an atmosphere which seeks positive relationships between pupils, teachers and parents.

Its 540 pupils are aged from four to 13, with around 20 in a class.

Art, ballet, drama, ICT, French, music and physical education are all taught by specialist teachers from a child's first day in school, according to a welcoming note from Mr Thomas.

He said the school focuses on "enjoyment, learning and achievement" until the children can expect to leave from age 11 to 13.

It is set in a Grade II listed building in south-west London, the former Sir Walter St John's Grammar School which dates back to 1700.

It has a one-acre Astroturf playground and sports ground, a rooftop playground and a quiet garden and counts a ballet room, gymnasium, science laboratories and a theatre among its facilities.

William has previously confirmed he will be leaving his job as an air ambulance helicopter pilot in the summer and spending more time in London where his children will be schooled.

It means spending more time away from the family home in Norfolk, Anmer Hall, and Thomas's Battersea will be easy journey from their Kensington Palace apartment.

The cost for reception or lower school which George will be attending will be £5,653 per term, a school spokesman said.

George will be wearing a uniform of navy shorts and sweater with a red stripe but there is no cap or blazer.

George followed in his father's footsteps by attending a Montessori nursery. Since January last year he has been a pupil at Westacre Montessori School in Norfolk.

From the age of four William went to Wetherby School, in west London, before spending five years at Ludgrove School in Berkshire.

Kate first attended nursery in Jordan, where her family was based, later her prep school was St Andrew's School in Pangbourne, Berkshire.

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