City of London School provides a leading independent education to boys between the ages of 10 and 18. It is partnered with the City of London School for Girls – with which City of London School enjoys strong co-curricular links – and the City of London Freemen’s School (a co-educational independent school in Surrey). All three receive funding from the City’s Cash and City Livery Companies.
City of London School is defined by its iconic location – situated on the banks of the River Thames, in the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral and opposite the Tate Modern. The school’s links with the capital’s cultural, political, educational, business and professional institutions enable pupils unique and excellent opportunities to prepare for modern life. Students enjoy regular and ongoing partnerships between City of London School and King’s College London, University College London, London Youth Choir, IntoUniversity, City of London School for Girls and the City of London Academies.
There are many academic opportunities for boys to engage in, including essay competitions (such as Trinity and Erasmus), science Olympiads, LAMDA qualifications and Model United Nations events. There is an extensive range of subjects on the curriculum, including Linguistics, Mandarin, Russian, Greek, DC&R (Design Computing and Robotics) and CLaSS (Core Learning and Survival Skills): a course covering organisation, information processing, time management, handwriting, touch typing, study skills and routine.
The school describes itself as ‘grounded and unpretentious, but ambitious nonetheless’; this ambition is evident in pupils’ exam results, with 95% 9–7 grades at GCSE and 82% A*/A at A level. In 2021, 22 pupils secured places at Oxbridge, 87 at Russell Group universities and 9 at institutions overseas, including Bocconi (Italy), KAIST (South Korea) and Stanford, Berkeley and Toronto (North America).
Head: Mr Alan Bird
Address: City of London School, 107 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4V 3AL
London Borough: City of London
Admissions contact: Mrs Vanessa Haley – [email protected], 020 3680 6300
Age range and gender: 10–18, boys only
Number of pupils: 1,018
Number of places in Year 7: 75
Ratio of applicants to places: 13:1
Open day date: Thursday 29th September and Sunday 2nd October 2022 – book a place online
Overview of selection procedure: Initial exam, shortlisted exam, interview and reference
Registration opens: Currently open – apply online
Registration closes: Friday 4th November 2022
Assessment date: Friday 2nd December 2022 (first stage), week commencing 12th December 2022 (second stage)
Scholarship assessment date: TBC
The current fees at City of London School are £6,665 per term. School lunch is provided at an additional cost of £292 per term.
The school offers bursaries (means-tested financial assistance) to the families of academically bright pupils who otherwise could not afford private education. These can cover part or all of a pupil’s tuition fees, depending on the family’s financial circumstances. As a guide, a family on a joint net income of less than £45,000 per annum (with limited assets) would be eligible to be considered for a 100% bursary. At the other end of the scale, a family with a net household income of £70,000 per annum (with limited assets) may be eligible for a 25% bursary. More information about City of London School bursaries is available online.
City of London School also offers the following scholarships at 11 plus entry:
Academic Scholarships: £250
Music Scholarships: £250, plus free tuition on two instruments
Sports Scholarships: £250, plus funding to support personal and team sporting development
The term dates at City of London School for 2022–23 are:
Autumn term: 2nd September – 15th December 2022
Half term: 17th–28th October 2022
Spring term: 10th January – 24th March 2023
Half term: 13th–17th February 2023
Summer term: 17th April – 4th July 2023
Half term: 29th May – 2nd June 2023
The provisional term dates at City of London School for 2023–24 are:
Autumn term: 5th September – 15th December 2023
Half term: 16th–27th October 2023
Spring term: 9th January – 22nd March 2024
Half term: 12th–16th February 2024
Summer term: 15th April – 4th July 2024
Half term: 27th–31st May 2024
If you would like your son to be considered for Year 7 entry to City of London School in 2023, you are advised to visit the school on one of its two open days in autumn 2022. If you then decide to enter the 11 plus admissions process, you will need to complete the online application form and pay the non-refundable registration fee of £160 before the deadline on Friday 4th November 2022.
All children who have been registered by the deadline will be invited to the first of two assessment stages on Friday 2nd December 2022. Candidates who perform well in this written exam will be invited back to the school during the week commencing 12th December 2022 to sit further papers, followed by an interview in January 2023. Interviews last around 20 minutes and are designed to get to know your child holistically – as well as giving the candidate the opportunity to find out more about City of London School.
If your child is applying for a scholarship, there will be additional processes:
Academic Scholarship: candidates are selected based on their performance in the entrance exams and the interview – there is no need to apply separately.
Music Scholarship: candidates are selected based on their performance in an audition and interview. All singers must play an instrument (voice cannot be offered as a first study) and the minimum requirement on piano and strings is Grade 5.
Sports Scholarships: candidates are selected based on their performance in a sports trial. Successful candidates will make a contribution to at least two of the major team sports (especially football).
Offers are made on the basis of performance in the two entrance exams and the interview, in addition to a confidential reference from the headteacher of your child’s current school. Offers will be emailed to families of candidates on Friday 10th February 2023 and will need to be accepted by 9am on Friday 3rd March.
There are two stages to the 11 plus exam at City of London School.
All registered candidates for Year 7 entry will be invited to the first 11 plus exam on Friday 2nd December 2022. There are two written papers:
English: Approximately one hour with two sections. Section A assesses reading comprehension and all the questions are multiple-choice. Section B is a creative writing piece, with candidates assessed on their ability to use accurate sentences, spelling and punctuation as well as the pace, realism and level of engagement of their story.
Maths: Approximately one hour with around 60 questions. Candidates are assessed on their knowledge of the Year 5 maths national curriculum. This includes the topics of number, shape, space and measures, and handling data. A helpful checklist of the topics tested is available on City of London School’s website.
Candidates who perform well in the first exam will be invited back to the second stage during the week commencing 12th December 2022. There will be two further written papers:
Verbal reasoning: a test of your child’s ability to reason and solve problems with written information. Candidates will be tested on their reading fluency and comprehension, vocabulary knowledge, phonological awareness, logic and problem-solving skills, ability to discover and apply rules, and attention to detail. Find out more in our 11 plus verbal reasoning exam preparation guide.
Non-verbal reasoning: children will be tested on their ability to analyse visual information and solve problems using shapes, diagrams and pictures. They will be assessed on their maths skills, logic and problem-solving, spatial awareness, ability to identify patterns and rules, and overall general intelligence. Get top tips for success in 11 plus non-verbal reasoning.
The 11 plus exam at City of London School assesses candidates’ knowledge and understanding of Key Stage 2 English and maths for all candidates – in addition to verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning (which typically aren’t taught in school) for shortlisted candidates.
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