Princess Charlotte, the two-year-old daughter of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, is to start at a nursery school near the family home in west London in January 2018, Kensington Palace has confirmed.
The fourth-in-line to the throne will attend the Willcocks Nursery School in Kensington. “We are delighted that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen the Willcocks Nursery School for Princess Charlotte,” the school said in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming Charlotte to our nursery in January.”
On its website the school, rated as “outstanding” by government inspectors, describes itself as traditional, saying it “strives to maintain its ethos for high standards, excellence and good manners”. Fees are £3,050 per term for mornings and £1,800 for afternoons. A lunch club comes as an optional extra at £580.00 per term for one afternoon per week, £1160 per term for two afternoons per week and £1740 per term for all three afternoons during the week.
The school states as part of its strict admissions policy: “All our fees are payable strictly in advance. A full term’s notice of withdrawal must be given in writing, otherwise one term’s fee will be charged. Fees are reviewed every year.”
The school was founded in 1964 by Miss Diana Willcocks and has been at its current location in the church hall of Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road, London since 1984.
The school is owned and run by headmistress, Lavinia Taylor, and her fellow teachers, Louise Ward, Sarah Walker, Rosa Rego Dias and Jennifer Robbins.
Prince William was the first royal to break with tradition and attend nursery school as a child. Princess Charlotte’s brother George also started primary school in September when he enrolled at Thomas’s Battersea, a private school in southwest London.
William and Kate also released a new portrait photograph of their family which graces the cover of their Christmas cards this year. Kate is pregnant with the couple’s third child with the new royal baby due in April.