Belfast Telegraph

Home News UK

We're sorting out schools for the kids, says William

By Scott D'Arcy

The Duke of Cambridge is in the process of picking schools for his children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Responding to a question about his youngsters during a tour of the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, William replied: "They're both doing very well -noisy but lovely. We're just trying to sort out schools for them."

Both children are expected to be privately educated, and George (2) is already following in his father's footsteps by attending a Montessori nursery.

The Duchess of Cambridge Kate, meanwhile, went to a nursery in the Jordanian capital, Amman, where her family were living at the time.

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

Kate's prep school was St Andrew's School in Pangbourne, Berkshire, where she returned for a visit in 2012 shortly before announcing she was pregnant.

As a 14-year-old, Kate withdrew from independent girls' school Downe House in Cold Ash, Berkshire, after just two terms when she was bullied.

She started afresh at Marlborough College, an £11,030-a-term co-educational boarding school in Wiltshire, where she blossomed, captaining the hockey team and doing well in exams.

William attended Eton for five years, and it offered him a sanctuary when his parents were in the middle of their divorce.

In the past, the Cambridges would have been able to register the children for Eton at birth, but candidates now take a pre-assessment at 11 and an entrance exam at 13.

The couple's choice of school could also have a huge impact on the institution in question.

Interest in Montessori nurseries soared as a result of the enrolment of the third-in-line to the throne.

There are around 700 Montessori nurseries in the UK - many of which are independent and run by a variety of different organisations.

Publicity surrounding Kate's time at Marlborough College has benefited the school, allowing it to expand overseas.

Belfast Telegraph


From Belfast Telegraph