It has been revealed that Prince George will likely not follow in his father and uncle’s footsteps by attending Wetherby School in Notting Hill as initially thought.
Though he will, like Prince William, don the distinctive Wetherby uniform of red tie, grey cap and scarlet-trimmed blazer, it is believed that Prince George will instead be enrolled in the school’s new Kensington branch.
Many assumed that three-year-old Prince George would be attending Prince William’s alma mater if the Cambridge clan relocate full-time to London from Norfolk later this year as expected. Royal insiders have suggested, however, that the brand new Wetherby Kensington is a more likely prospect for the young prince’s education given it is more discreet and is much closer in proximity to the palace.
The insider scoop, which was originally published in the Sunday Express, said the decision stemmed, in part, from the fact that “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.”
Located on Gloucester Road, the new Wetherby School is just a five-minute walk from the Palace and its more intimate nature is less likely to draw the same crowds of photographers and journalists that flock its Notting Hill counterpart.
Due to open in September 2017, Wetherby Kensington will be a “two form, non-selective, pre-preparatory school for boys from reception to Year 3” according to the website and will follow the same curriculum and share the values and ethos of its other locations. The plan at this time is for the school to open with two reception classes and then to allow it to grow organically over time.
Building work on the site is still ongoing but Helen Milnes has been appointed as headmistress after having been the deputy head at the main Wetherby School for the past six years.