hat would it be like to grow up without a best friend?
Who would you play with at recess? Who would you set up lemonade stands with and get in trouble with? Who would you confide in and share special jokes with?
Prince George may have to forego all of that because of his private school’s policy.
Granted, we don’t think he’ll need to set up lemonade stands any time soon, but if he did, we’re sure they would be a hit.
Prince George’s parents, Duchess Kate Middleton and Prince William, put a lot of thought into where George would go to school. George’s father and grandfather both went to Wetherby pre-prep, an all-boys school in Pembridge, London. Many royal or upper class families put their sons in all-boys schools, but Kate and William didn’t stick to tradition.
Other royals have attended schools like Gordonstoun, which is known for being strict and tough on its students.
But instead of those options, George is now attending a co-ed private school called Thomas Battersea. According to Telegraph, a royal spokesperson said, “Their Royal Highnesses are delighted to have found a school where they are confident George will have a happy and successful start to his education.”
The holistic school, which costs $24,000 a year, hopes that their students will learn to give more than they take.
The school’s mission statement says, “…We aim to offer the highest academic standards, set within a broad and rich curriculum, which inspires enjoyment, learning and achievement. We expect every member of the schools’ communities to ‘Be Kind’.”
Despite this, they don’t want Prince George to have a best friend.
Yes, you read that right.
They don’t want anyone to have a best friend, to be exact.
The headmaster has talked about wanting kids to have “lots of good friends” instead of just one best friend. They don’t want anyone to say they are closer to one student more than another.
Jane Moore told the New York Post, “There are signs everywhere saying be kind, that’s the ethos of the school. They don’t encourage you to have best friends.”
If a student wants to have a birthday party, they are required to invite everyone in their class, for fear of leaving someone out.
According to school officials, the school aims to make all students feel included. How would you feel about being required to invite everyone in your kid’s class over for a birthday party? Would that be a hassle, or do you think it’s the right thing to do?
We’re all for kindness and including others, but we think it’s okay for your kids to have a best friend as long as they are kind to all their classmates.
Prince George’s time at school had been relatively normal, until last week…