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Prime Minister David Cameron Will Send Daughter Nancy, 10, To State School

14/08/2014 16:59 | Updated 20 May 2015

British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha

Hot on the heels of the news that Michael Gove is sending his daughter to a state school comes the revelation that Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha are considering the same for their 10-year-old, Nancy.

According to the Mail, the Eton-educated Prime Minister has decided to send Nancy to a state secondary school because her mum Samantha is 'very keen' to give her children a 'normal' education. What a coincidence: there can't be an election coming up, surely?

The paper says SamCam wants her daughter to meet people outside their usual circle.

One friend told the Mail: "She's very keen on a normal education for her children. Her children's lives are abnormal enough. They have a strange existence as it is.

"Being in a state school is a nice antidote to that. You get to meet normal children from normal houses whose fathers don't go off and spend the weekend with Angela Merkel. The children can be socially fluid."

It isn't the first time the couple have stated their intentions about state education.

In November 2012, Mr Cameron said: "I would like my children to go to state schools, that's my intention, and I think what's happening in the state school system is really exciting.

"What we're seeing is something we should have seen years ago which is the flowering of more choice, more competition, more diversity and crucially higher standards. I want my children to be part of that and I'm very heartened by what is happening."

The Prime Minister has constantly had to battle sceptics who feel that his education at Eton College makes him ill-equipped to speak for ordinary voters. A recent poll showed one of the words voters used to sum up Cameron was 'Eton' - alongside 'pompous'.

And Mrs Cameron is the daughter of Sir Reginald Sheffield – a landowner descended from Charles II. She attended the fee-paying Marlborough College in Wiltshire, where the Duchess of Cambridge was also educated. She then went on to study fine arts at the University of the West of England in Bristol.

Her friend explained: "At Bristol she loved the fact that no one discussed which school they were from. It was all about what you were doing then and there.

"You were judged by who you were, not who your parents were or where you went to school."

The friend added: "Sam's very non-judgmental. She takes people at face value and makes up her own mind about people.

"She wants a school where people don't make assumptions about you based on the frame of your life, as that stereotypes people in a way that is genuinely unfair."

If they go ahead with their decision, Nancy would become the first child of a Conservative Prime Minister ever to go to a state school.

Their school wishes emerged a week after Education Secretary Michael Gove became the first Tory in that post to opt for state school for his daughter Beatrice, who won a place at Grey Coat Hospital School in Westminster.

Beatrice Gove, Nancy Cameron and her younger brother brother Elwen, currently attend one of London's most sought-after state primary schools in Kensington.

The post code for Downing Street is SW1A 2AA. A quick search on the Parentdish school finder shows that the Goves' choice of The Grey Coat Hospital School will also be a contender for Nancy (unless they opt for one of the local academies).

The PM and his wife need to submit their applications for secondary schools in November.

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