Secondary, dubbed 'South London's Eton', is revealed in CGI designs

Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s future secondary school Thomas’s Battersea Square looks like luxury flats with a glass entrance hall and a library with a trendy coffee bar, CGI images of the development reveal

  • Prince George, seven, and Princess Charlotte, five, attend £19,000-a-year Thomas’s Battersea prep school in South London
  • Independent school plans to turn Royal Academy of Dance building next door into a state-of-the-art 13 to 18 school that’s being dubbed ‘South London’s Eton’ 
  • CGI images of the library show areas for study, sofas for more relaxed reading and even its own cafe
  • Features stunning glass entrance hall and classrooms surrounding spacious courtyard 

High-tech designs of the new state-of-the-art secondary being built next door to Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s £19,000-a-year prep school have been revealed.

Thomas’s Battersea snapped up the neighbouring Royal Academy of Dance building for its planned 13 to 18 school, which is already being dubbed ‘South London’s Eton’.

The CGI images in a new prospectus offer a look at the contemporary designs, showing a school which almost resembles flats – featuring a stunning glass entrance hall and classrooms surrounding a spacious courtyard.

Thomas’s made the decision to become an all-through school, which would be housed at the site at 36 Battersea Square, after parents expressed a keen desire to keep their children within the popular independent school group.

While it’s expected Prince George, seven, will attend Eton, as his father and Prince Harry did, the new school could now see Princess Charlotte, five, stay – since children are currently only catered for until they reach 13.

High-tech designs of the new state-of-the-art secondary being built next door to Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s £19,000-a-year prep school have been revealed (pictured)

Thomas’s Battersea snapped up the neighbouring Royal Academy of Dance building for its planned 13 to 18 school, which is already being dubbed ‘South London’s Eton’. Pictured: A CGI image of the library with areas for study, sofas for more relaxed reading and even its own cafe 

While it’s expected Prince George, seven, will attend Eton, as his father and Prince Harry did, the new school could now see Princess Charlotte (pictured together in their school uniform), five, stay – since children are currently only catered for until they reach 13

Both the siblings are believed to enjoy the school, which has the motto ‘be kind’. 

The new prospectus has revealed the royals could study subjects such as mindfulness, citizenship and inspiring living at the secondary school. 

The entire site is 40,000 square feet, and will be refurbished to provide 28 classrooms, including science laboratories, break-out spaces and a study centre.

The site will also house an assembly and performance hall, a cafeteria and a school dining hall. It will have an additional woodland campus in Putney Vale – which will be used to teach sciences and the natural world.

That will be the only site in use for the first year in 2021, with Thomas’s revealing the prospectus for the new school to encourage applications.

Thomas’s made the decision to become an all-through school, which would be housed at the site at 36 Battersea Square, after parents expressed a keen desire to keep their children within the popular independent school group. Pictured, plans for the senior school

The new prospectus has revealed the royals could study subjects such as mindfulness, citizenship and inspiring living at the secondary school. Pictured, an artist’s impression of what the school, set to be open by 2021, could look like

Pupils who wish to attend Year 7 and Year 9 in 2021 can now apply.

The prospectus reads: ‘Thomas’s Battersea Square is a co-educational school for students aged 11 to 18. It offers a world-class, progressive education which is forward-thinking and outward-looking, with values at its heart.

‘Our aim is to prepare students superbly not only for the next phase of their education, but also for their lives which lie beyond.

‘Restlessly innovative, we strive to equip our students with the knowledge, the skills, the character and the self-understanding which will empower them not merely to survive, but to flourish and to thrive as the adults of tomorrow.’

Thomas’s Battersea (above) has been open since 1990, with Prince George starting in 2017 and Princess Charlotte joining her older brother two years later in September 2019 

Prince George, seven, and Princess Charlotte, five, are believed to enjoy the school, which has the motto ‘be kind’. The Cambridges pictured on Charlotte’s first day at the school

On its syllabus it adds: ‘At the heart of our curriculum is the concept of an “enquiry mindset”, designed to develop our students’ powers of creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication.

‘In their first three years students at Thomas’s Battersea Square learn through academically rigorous, project-based learning expeditions, case studies, projects, fieldwork, and service learning, meticulously planned to inspire them to think and work as professionals, contributing high-quality work to authentic audiences beyond the classroom.’

In sixth form, pupils are expected to take residential trips abroad to conduct further studies in their schoolwork.

South London’s answer to Eton? Pictured, an artist’s impression of what the school, set to be open by 2021, could look like

Twinkling fairy lights and a classic car in the car park: images released by South London developer Avanton, who has agreed terms to sell the historic Royal Academy of Dance headquarters, show a school that looks more like luxury apartments

Priority will go to current Thomas’s schoolchildren, such as Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Other prospective pupils will undergo a rigorous assessment process, including taking an online test, providing a confidential report from their current school and their headteacher confirming their ‘values’.

There will be 24 pupils in each form, and the school will admit three forms per year. 

South London developer Avanton has agreed terms to sell the historic Royal Academy of Dance headquarters, publishing images of what the Battersea Square academic centre could look like on its website. 

The dance company will relocate to a £260million 70,000 sqft headquarters at Coda on York Road, designed by architects Patel Taylor. 

Thomas’s Battersea has been open since 1990, with Prince George starting in 2017 and Princess Charlotte joining her older brother two years later in September 2019. 

Former Thomas pupils include celebrities Cara Delevingne, Florence Welch and Celine Buckens.

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