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Prince Edward, 56, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 55, have had their two children – Lady Louise Windsor, 16, and Viscount James Severn, 12, at home with them since March. But their royal residence Bagshot Park is about to get a lot quieter as the two young royals return to school.
Lady Louise is a pupil at single-sex boarding school St Mary’s Ascot and is about to enter the sixth form there.
The young royal received her GCSE results last month and while they weren’t revealed to the public her doting mother Sophie has previously described her as “clever.”
The Countess said: “She’s working hard and will do A-levels.
“I hope she goes to university. I wouldn’t force her, but if she wants to. She’s quite clever.”
Lady Louise is expected back at school with the rest of the sixth from September 6, according to St Mary’s website.
And as Lady Louise joins lower sixth she will be given more freedom and be able to enjoy some new privileges.
These include not having to wear school uniform and special accommodation.
According to St Mary’s Ascot’s website, sixth formers enjoy the following special privileges.
Sixth form pupils get to live in townhouses in two special boarding complexes.
The website states: “Each Sixth Form year group lives in its own separate boarding courtyard.
“The Lower Sixth move into Mary Ward Courtyard, which is a collection of houses built around a central landscaped square.
“Each house contains a living and kitchen area, and the Courtyard has its own residential staff to look after the girls’ welfare.”
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Next year Sophie will be able to enjoy her own ensuite bathroom, a communal dining room and spaces to practice yoga and dance when she moves to the upper sixth’s Mary Breen Courtyard accommodation.
The website states: “This is our stunning new development of houses, each of which has a well-appointed kitchen, a generous living and dining space, and en-suite bedrooms.
“This complex includes a new Pastoral Centre, consisting of an amphitheatre-style lecture hall, a multi-use space for modern dance, yoga and entertaining, a quiet room, and a further series of rooms for meditation, prayer and reading, with clear views across the fields and open spaces beyond.”
Sixth form pupils are free to enjoy a wide range of sports classes and programmes including fencing, self-defence and access to a ‘fitness suite.’
The website states: “There are expert coaching staff on hand to provide classes and programmes in activities such as step aerobics, fencing, self-defence, yoga, and the fitness suite.”
Sixth form St Mary’s Ascot pupils are free to wear their own clothes.
The website states: “Sixth Form life at St Mary’s is a very special experience.
“It is a girl’s opportunity to choose the academic path she wants to pursue, supported by excellent specialist teachers with a real passion for what they do.
“The girls share this journey together, living in townhouses in our two Sixth Form boarding complexes, growing into adult life, wearing their own clothes, cementing friendships, and enjoying an ever-widening range of speakers, debates, trips, and other activities.”
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