It had been assumed the three-year-old royal, who starts reception in September, would attend Wetherby School in Notting Hill, where Princes William and Harry were both pupils. But the Sunday Express has learned that George is more likely to be enrolled at the brand new Wetherby Kensington, a five-minute walk from the Cambridges’ London home.
As well as being close, Wetherby Kensington will be much smaller, initially opening with just two reception classes for boys aged four and five. A source said: “The Duke and Duchess like the idea of George enrolling at the new smaller school because it is much more discreet than the original Wetherby.
Prince was originally planned to attend Wetherby School
Kate and William take George and Charlotte to church on Christmas
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“A few of the pupils at that school in Notting Hill are the children of celebrities so it has always attracted quite a lot of paparazzi. Although the children cannot be photographed, there is still a market for pictures of famous parents on the school run.
“The new school off Gloucester Road is preferable because it is much more intimate and less likely to attract photographers. Plus, it is just around the corner from Kensington Palace.” According to the Wetherby Schools website:
“Wetherby Kensington will be a two form, non-selective, pre-preparatory school for boys from reception to Year 3.
The royal family attend Church on Christmas Day on December 25
It will follow exactly the same curriculum and share the same values and ethos. “The school will open with two reception classes and then grow organically.” The new premises, where building work is still proceeding, are due to open in September.
Helen Milnes, deputy head at the main Wetherby School for more than six years, has been appointed as headmistress.
Most Wetherby pupils, whose uniform consists of a distinctive red tie, grey cap and scarlet-trimmed blazer, go on to either St Paul’s, Westminster or Eton, which William and Harry both attended.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Christmas
Sun, December 25, 2016
Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, life in pictures.
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Prince George eats a sweet as he leaves following the morning Christmas Day service
Other famous Wetherby old boys include Hugh Grant, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Julian Fellowes. Fees are £6,865 a term. Last month it emerged that the Cambridges were preparing to move back to London from Norfolk.
The Duke is said to be contemplating giving up his career as a helicopter pilot to take up a full-time public role while Kate is understood to be resigned to moving back to London from Anmer Hall on the Queen’s Sandringham estate, which has been their base since George was born in July 2013.
William’s two-year piloting contract with the East Anglian Air Ambulance comes to an end in March.
Sources close to the couple have said they are committed to expanding their own Royal Foundation charity by giving more time to pet causes including mental health.
A Kensington Palace spokesman declined to comment.