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City of London School for boys


There are 40 places available for boys to enter the school at year 9. In addition to this, boys can join in Sixth Form, (Year 12), where they have 12–15 places. They also have 40–44 places for entry to the junior school, Old Grammar, in Year 6. The school's largest intake is at Year 7, where they take approximately 60 boys.

Open Days

Various placed throughout Years 5–6 CLS hosts open events specifically for Year 9 entry at the beginning of each academic year. There may be others available if you are unable to attend. Parents are asked to check availability and book ahead, using the CLS website: https://www.cityoflondonschool.org.uk/apply/open-events


final deadline – October of Year 6 Registration is completed online; this includes a non-refundable registration fee of £150.

School Examinations

Autumn term of Year 6 All applicants are required to take The ISEB Common Pre-Tests. They usually take it at their prep schools, though it is possible to take it at CLS if the current school does not have the facilities. Results will be assessed alongside a confidential reference from the head teacher of the candidate's current school.

Other Assessments and Interviews

January – February of Year 6 Candidates who have performed well will be invited to the school for a 15-minute interview and a group activity session. They will also sit two further assessments in maths and English, set by the school.


Mid-February of Year 6 Offers are e-mailed to parents, either offering a place at the school, conditional on Common Entrance results, an offer of a reserve place, or no offer of a place.


Year 8 Candidates are selected to apply for academic scholarships based on their performance in the ISEB Pre-test and subsequent interview and assessments. They will then be set scholarship papers created by CLS to sit at their school in Year 8

13+ Common Entrance

Summer term of Year 8 All offers made by the school are conditional on getting a score of at least 70% in each subject in the 13+ Common Entrance examinations, or the equivalent in the scholarship exams.

Admissions Fees

Deposit requested: £1000 (by March/April of Year 6)

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