Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s £19,000-a-year school Thomas’s Battersea gets green light to transform nearby Royal Academy of Dance into new secondary school set to be ‘South London’s Eton’
- Prince George, seven, and Princess Charlotte, five attend Thomas’s Battersea
- School planned to transform Royal Academy of Dance into new senior school
- Avanton and Thomas’s London Day Schools have been given planning consent
- State-of-the-art 11 to 18 school has already being dubbed ‘South London’s Eton’
Thomas’s Battersea, which counts Prince George and Princess Charlotte as pupils, has been given the green light to build a new senior school.
The £19,000-a-year prep school has gained planning consent, alongside South London developer Avanton, to transform the Royal Academy of Dance headquarters into Thomas’s Battersea Square.
The new, coeducational school – located at 36 Battersea Square – for students aged 11 to 18, has already been dubbed ‘South London’s Eton’ and should be operational by late 2022.
While it’s expected Prince George, seven, will attend Eton, as his father and Prince Harry did, the new school could be a future option for Princess Charlotte, five.
Thoma’s Battersea currently only caters for students until the age of 13.
Thomas’s Battersea, which counts Prince George and Princess Charlotte as pupils, has been given the green light to build a brand new senior school. Pictured, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Charlotte’s first day of school at Thomas’s last year
The school has gained planning consent, alongside South London developer Avanton, to transform the Royal Academy of Dance headquarters into a new school called Thomas’s Battersea Square. Pictured, an artists impression
The successful planning consent follows comprehensive pre-application consultation with the local community and key stakeholders on the proposals, undertaken during July 2020.
The consented scheme will provide a new secondary school for Thomas’s London Day Schools, whose preparatory school currently occupies the site directly adjacent to the Royal Academy of Dance.
Ben Thomas, Principal, Thomas’s London Day Schools said: ‘Thomas’s London Day Schools are delighted to have gained planning consent for our inaugural senior school, to be known as Thomas’s Battersea Square.
‘This new coeducational school for students aged 11 to 18 will offer a world-class, progressive education that is forward-thinking and outward-looking.’
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)
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
Designed by architectural practice Ackroyd Lowrie, the scheme will provide a new 47,000 square foot school for approximately 500 pupils in Years 7 to 13 in 26 classrooms.
It will include science laboratories, break-out spaces, a study centre, a double height assembly and performance hall, cafeteria and school dining hall and a large central atrium.
CGI images released in August offered 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 after parents expressed a keen desire to keep their children within the popular independent school group. Pupils who wish to attend Year 7 and Year 9 in 2021 can now apply.
Both Prince George and Princess Charlotte are believed to enjoy the school, which has the motto ‘be kind’. Pictured, St Thomas’ School exterior
South London’s answer to Eton? Pictured, an artist’s impression of what the school, set to be open by 2021, could look like
Both Prince George and Princess Charlotte 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.
Omer Weinberger, Chief Executive Officer of Avanton added of the decision: ‘This new development will create an educational centre of exceptionally high quality and profile.
‘We are absolutely thrilled to see this facility open its gates for the local community in 2022, and it was a pleasure working with the local authority and the design team on this project.’
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
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
The site will include the historic Victorian Granary Building, originally constructed in the 1890s by Augustus Francis Hall and used as a granary up until the end of World War Two.
The site was then used as an engineering works until the arrival of the Royal Academy of Dance in the early 1970s.
The Royal Academy of Dance was established in 1920 and moved to 36 Battersea Square in 1972.
In 2021 the Royal Academy of Dance will be vacating 36 Battersea Square and relocating to its brand new 70,000 square foot headquarters at Coda on York Road, a new mixed use development by Avanton.
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