Princess Charlotte will be joining her brother Prince George next week by starting school at Thomas’s Battersea on 5th of September. The four-year-old royal will become a Reception pupil at the school where her brother goes, which only costs £18,915-a-year to attend. The private school is among the best in the country, rated as outstanding by Ofsted, and is for boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 13.
Just like for anyone else, the first day is always the most stressful, and it will be the same for the young royal, as she will be meeting with her new teacher and settling into a new classroom on the big day. In her first year, Charlotte will study French, Computing, Art, Music, Drama and Ballet.
She will improve her handwriting throughout the whole year, focusing on multiple things such as drawings, writing scribbles and random letters. The royal and her classmates will also play and explore as well as making “choices and learn to have a go and persevere; be creative and solve problems; form good relationships; be safe, secure and happy,” according to the school’s official website.
The student will not only have indoor classes, but also outdoor education, which will take them away from the school to ‘Woodland Adventure’ as part of Thomas’s Outdoor Education Programme. The website reads: “The sessions will also be dedicated to the appreciation of nature and the abundant life lessons that can be learnt by working collaboratively or independently in a known outdoor environment.”
On the school’s official website, Helen Haslem, Head of Lower School, explains: “The emphasis in the Lower School is on enjoyment and this is embedded in our broad curriculum and our most important school rule of ‘Be Kind’.
“Children quickly settle into the routines and expectations of the school where the atmosphere is noticeably happy, yet stimulating in nature. Our foremost aim is to ensure that every child feels safe, happy and confident at school. We help to create an environment in which children are eager to learn and to take an active part in own learning.”