George struggled with home learning as Kate and William consider new schools

It seems like just yesterday that a shy Prince George clutched his dad Prince William's hand as he arrived for his first day at school.

And just last year, Kate Middleton had opened up to OK Magazine about the struggles the young heir to the throne was having with home-schooling.

The Duchess told the magazine that her son was struggling to concentrate on his work as his little sister, Charlotte's projects were 'far cooler' than his literacy work.

Kate claimed George was 'very upset' and the family had to stick to a 'strict routine' during the lockdown.

However, Will and Kate have now been relieved of their teaching duties as their eight-year-old is starting a Year 4 at Thomas's Battersea.

The change makes him one step closer to changing schools as the private prep school in South London only caters for children up to the age of 13.

While it's possible that George will carry on his education there until then, once he becomes a teenager, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will have a big decision on where he will continue his education.

The Mirror reports that several schools are rumoured to be in the mix of where he could attend, and here we take a look at the five contenders…

Eton College

If Kate and William want George to follow in the footsteps of his dad, he could well go to Eton College in Berkshire.

Both William and uncle Prince Harry went to Eton, where they were able to easily visit the Queen when she was nearby in Windsor.

On leaving, William achieved three A-levels at grade A, B, and C and 12 GCSEs, and Harry earned two A-levels at grade B and D and 11 GSCEs.

The school would also be close by if the Cambridges reported move to Windsor becomes a reality. The Queen is also likely to spend more time at Windsor Castle going forward, and Princess Eugenie and her family also live nearby in Frogmore Cottage.

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The boys-only boarding school dates back to the 1400s with fees reaching an eye-watering £48,501 per year.

Former pupils include 20 prime ministers such as David Cameron and Boris Johnson, other royals such as the Duke of Kent, and actors including Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston.

Royal expert Duncan Larcombe told OK!: "They [Kate and William] may well plump for Eton, the school where kings and prime ministers go."

Marlborough College

Another option for George could be his mum Kate Middleton's former school Marlborough College in Wiltshire.

It is considered a top boarding school in the UK, and it has incredible sports facilities and grounds.

In 2018, Tatler rated the college for its "strong pastoral care" as well as its "excellent exam results" – saying the spot is "perfectly suited for teenagers".

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It's a bit cheaper than Eton at £39,000 per year for boarders, and is said to take a mixed ability intake with pupils consisting of both boys and girls.

Former pupils also include Princess Eugenie, comedian Jack Whitehall, and Samantha Cameron – the wife of former Prime Minister David Cameron.

Kate clearly flourished at the school and left with three A-levels – two at a grade A and one at grade B – as well as 11 GCSEs.

Duncan said: "I wouldn’t be surprised if they plumped for Kate’s school, Marlborough. It’s a mixed school and a very good one, so they might want to make a statement and send the children there."

Ludgrove School

During his schooling, Prince William started attending boarding school at the age of eight, enrolling at Ludgrove Prep School in Berkshire.

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And with George now the same age as his dad when he started to board – could this school be a possibility?

Ludgrove caters for around 200 boys aged eight to 13 with fees of just under £30,000 per year. Former pupils also include Prince Harry and adventurer Bear Grylls.

Its location means it is close to both the Queen at Windsor and Kate's parents Michael and Carole in the village of Buckleberry.

However, royal expert Duncan previously told OK!: "It's my understanding for some time, possibly even before George was even born, that William was quite keen that any child he had wouldn't be packed off to boarding school."


A popular school for young royals in the past has been Gordonstoun School in Moray, Scotland.

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It was attended by Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Peter Phillips, and Zara Tindal.

The school takes pupils, both boys, and girls, from the age of four right up to 18 with fees for Years 9 to 13 around £40,000 per year.

According to the school's website, Gordonstoun is a "world leader in character education".

It adds: "Our curriculum, which is unrivalled in breadth, helps every child to achieve their full potential."

But given its location in northern Scotland, will it be considered by William and Kate?

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Thomas's Battersea Square

If Kate and William want George to remain in London, he could end up sticking with what he knows.

That's because his current prep school Thomas's Battersea is opening a new senior school called Thomas's Battersea Square nearby.

It will welcome its first intake of pupils this month and says it will offer them "a world-class, progressive education from 11 to 18, which is forward-thinking and outward-looking with values at its heart".

The school is located in the Royal Academy of Dance building in South London and according to the Daily Mail, has already been dubbed the "South London Eton".

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