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Pushy parents have become a threat to prep schools, Prince George’s former headmaster has warned.

Ben Thomas, the head of Thomas’s Battersea in south London, said that prep schools are “increasingly reliant on highly affluent, highly focused parents who expect results”.

He said that the focus of these parents on admissions to selective private secondary schools means that “the prep school curriculum is in danger of being reduced to preparation for competitive entrance examinations in English and maths”.

In an essay for a new edition of a book titled The State of Independence, Mr Thomas said that “taken to extremes, the very purpose of prep schools is under threat”.

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