The famous Eton College, Windsor, United Kingdom
London’s Poshest School for Princes has seen the likes of Princes Charles, William, and Harry who all went to school there alongside some very privileged young people and Prince George will follow in their footsteps.
Prince William and Kate Middleton have decided their son, Prince George, to be educated at Wetherby, the same private school that Prince William and Prince Charles attended, amongst other privileged individuals.
Long famed among aristocratic Londoners for being the city’s most exclusive and intensively academic private “pre-prep” school, the boys-only day school used to only take children from the age of 4 to 8 when they would go on to prep schools such as The Dragon or Caldecott.
However, since the school was bought out by a private equity group, it now goes all the way through to age 13, the age at which British fee-paying senior schools—confusingly known as public schools—start, although most boys still leave at 8 or 9 for rural boarding prep schools.
Wetherby has a fearsome reputation as one of the most high-achieving schools academically for youngsters. It’s a huge feeder school for Eton and Westminster, which are renowned for being amongst the “brightest” schools in the country.
As such, there is a race to get male children’s names “put down” on the entry list soon after birth. However, no matter how quick you are on the draw, without a suitable introduction and reference, some parents say, it is impossible to even get your child through the famous red door which is the front entrance of the grand stucco building in one of the smartest parts of West London.
As with many British boys’ schools, the sons of old boys are given automatic places, and as both William and Charles attended Wetherby, Prince George would be entitled to this privilege.
Wetherby costs about $30,000 a year plus extras, including a substantial outlay on the famous red-and-grey blazers and red-hooped caps that are a common sight in the leafy West London streets around the school.