George and Charlotte's London prep school to open secondary next door

Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s £19,000-a-year London prep school to build state-of-the-art secondary next door, and it’s already been dubbed ‘South London’s Eton’

  • Prince George, six, and Princess Charlotte, four, are both currently pupils at £19,000-a-year Thomas’s Battersea prep school in South London
  • Independent school plans to turn Royal Academy of Dance building next door into a state-of-the-art 13 to 18 school that’s being dubbed ‘South London’s Eton’ 
  • Pupils can currently only attend Thomas’s Battersea until they’re 13
  • It’s thought that Prince George will still follow his father and uncle to Eton 

Prince George and Princess Charlotte could, in theory at least, now stay at the same independent school until they go to university, after it was revealed that their current prep plans to build a secondary school right next door. 

Thomas’s Battersea, which costs £19,000-a-year to attend, has snapped up the neighbouring Royal Academy of Dance building and could open its doors as a state-of-the-art 13 to 18 school as early as 2021.

The private primary school has made the decision to become an all-through school, which would be housed at the site at 36 Battersea Square, after parents expressed a keen desire to keep their children within the popular independent school group.

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Prince George, six, and Princess Charlotte, four, are both currently pupils at £19,000-a-year Thomas’s Battersea prep school, which looks set to open a secondary school on the site next door after buying the Royal Academy of Dance building

Thomas’s Battersea has been open since 1990, with Prince George starting in 2017 and Princess Charlotte joining her older brother two years later in September 2019 

South London’s answer to Eton? The private primary school has made the decision to become an all-through school after requests from parents (Pictured: an artist’s impression of what the school, set to be open by 2021, could look like)

South London developer Avanton has agreed terms to sell the historic Royal Academy of Dance headquarters, publishing images of what the Battersea Square academic centre could look like on its website. 

The dance company will relocate to a £260million 70,000 sqft headquarters at Coda on York Road, designed by architects Patel Taylor. 

Both Prince George and Princess Charlotte are believed to be happy at the private primary school, where the motto is ‘be kind’. 

The primary is owned by Thomas’s London Day Schools, a chain of prep schools with other educational establishments in Fulham, Clapham and Kensington. 

Twinkling fairy lights and a classic car in the car park: images released by South London developer Avanton, who has agreed terms to sell the historic Royal Academy of Dance headquarters, show a school that looks more like luxury apartments

While it’s expected Prince George will attend Eton, as his father and Prince Harry did, the new school could now see Princess Charlotte stay – children are currently only catered for until they reach 13. 

Pupils lucky enough to step foot in Thomas’s Battersea Square, as it will be known, will have mod-cons galore in the the 40,000 sq ft facility including a performance theatre, 28 classrooms, science laboratories, break-out spaces, a study centre, cafeteria and school dining hall. 

And perhaps there’s a nod to the royals in the artist’s impression of the new-build, with a classic MG – Kate and William enjoyed a ride in William’s following their wedding in 2011, a Union Jack flag and strings of fairy lights all featuring. 

Is that a Bentley next to the MG? The car park for the new school, which will have a performance theatre, 28 classrooms, science laboratories, break-out spaces, a study centre, cafeteria and school dining hall

Former Thomas pupils include celebrities Cara Delevingne, Florence Welch and Celine Buckens – but until now, pupils have had to find alternative secondary education

Thomas’s Battersea has been open since 1990, with Prince George starting in 2017 and Princess Charlotte joining her older brother two years later in September 2019. 

Former Thomas pupils include celebrities Cara Delevingne, Florence Welch and Celine Buckens. 

Last week, it was announced that four pupils at Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s school were put in self-isolation over fears they had contracted the coronavirus. 

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