The eldest son of the Prince and Princess of Wales will soon be sitting his exams

Why next month will decide Prince George’s future

Kensington Palace announced on Friday that the Princess of Wales will remain in Windsor to “support” her eldest son Prince George, who is taking exams that week, while the Prince of Wales travels alone to Singapore on November 7.

For King Charles’ eldest grandchild, the upcoming months will be crucial since at the age of ten, he has to take entrance exams that will determine his future education and the senior school he will attend when he is thirteen. George will participate in two of the three steps of the process over the course of the next month.


George will be preparing for his exams while at Lambrook
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George will take an ISEB multiple-choice exam in the first exam, which will cover verbal and nonverbal reasoning, math, and English. The two and a half-hour exam is typically taken in October or November, with age-appropriate and standardized scoring. In addition, Eton will ask the student’s school principal to provide a report that focuses on the student’s character, interests, and academic strengths. In December, the findings will be made public.

George will take the second test in early April or late May of next year, since he was born in July. This test, which will be administered at Eton, will comprise an online predictive assessment of academic potential and ability as well as an individual interview. By July 2024, the Palace would be aware of the test’s results. In the event that a student is accepted, they will get a conditional offer and have to clear the Common Entrance Exam in year eight.


George’s father William attended Eton College
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In June of 1995, George’s father, William, was admitted to the College after taking the Common Entrance Exam; his brother, Prince Harry, was admitted in the same month in 1998. These days, students like George will return to the school and choose a boarding house in year 7, the year before the common entrance exam, if they receive a conditional offer due to year 6 exams.

The news of William and Harry’s acceptance came a day after they were told the good news. Usually, the Palace notifies the royals promptly if they pass the exams. Eton, however, has a policy of not disclosing exam results or individual scores, so we will never know how George did. According to the Palace, Harry passed with “flying colours” in 1998.

Melanie Sanderson from the Good Schools Guide discussed the significance of George’s impending exams on HELLO!’s A Right Royal Podcast. Melanie revealed that the young royal will have to follow the “protocols” even if he ends up failing them when discussing what he will have to face.


Prince Harry attended Eton alongside his older brother
Photo: Pool / Tim Graham Picture Library


“He’ll be required to go through the protocols with his peers at Lambrook,” she stated. The ISEB becomes increasingly difficult as you proceed, so if you finish the pretest and find it to be extremely difficult, that’s a positive indication that you’ve made some progress. If, on the other hand, you find it to be somewhat easy, that’s not so good.

When asked about George’s possible options, she said, “This part of the royal family, they’re too senior to break with tradition.” “Eton has a track record of success in security. They are capable of managing royals, not just British royals, as they have members of royal families from around the globe as well as other prominent families there.”

The family knows the school, which is really important for any family to really know what they’re getting into, the speaker continued.

In addition to William and Harry, Prince Edward, Prince Michael of Kent, and Arthur and Samuel Chatto, the grandchildren of Princess Margaret, were also taught at the school by their uncle, Charles Spencer.


Princess Diana joined William on his first day at Eton
Photo: Princess Diana Archive


“Its current headmaster is known to be quite progressive and it’s got this brilliant blend of the traditional and the modern,” Madeline revealed, indicating what George can anticipate if he decides to attend Eton.

The best thing about it is that you can do anything you want to do there. They play everything from polo to football and have an enormous golf course, so it’s not just your typical sports. In addition, you can play any instrument—from the violin to the bagpipes or the harp—and silversmith as well as sing in a variety of choirs. Nothing is out of the question for you to attempt as a young person with Eton.”

The royal family values heritage, tradition, and the genuine fusion of traditional values with the progressive education that William and Catherine undoubtedly desire for their children, she continued.


Eton has educated numerous royals and other high-profile figures over the years
Photo: Maureen Mclean Shutterstock


It’s also very near home; Eton College offers a view of Windsor Castle, and the boarding aspect of things has relaxed significantly. Mothers frequently stop by the high street to have a cup of tea or coffee with students. They are permitted to spend the night at home if their house master permits it on a Saturday or Sunday night.”

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