City of London School for Girls is an independent day school for girls aged 7 to 18 in the heart of the City of London. It is partnered with City of London School (the boys’ equivalent) and the City of London Freemen’s School (a co-educational independent school in Surrey). The school receives funding from the City’s Cash and City Livery Companies.
City of London School for Girls is located next to the Barbican Centre and is self-described as ‘intellectually edgy, unassuming and unpretentious'. The school provides an outstanding education for girls from all backgrounds, cultures and faiths, with students coming from Greater London and beyond.
Students at City of London School for Girls have an extensive curriculum (26 subjects are on offer at A level, including five modern languages, 16th or 20th-century history and politics) and exam results are among the best in the country. In 2021, 94.4% of A level grades were A*–A and 98% of GCSE grades were 9/8/7/A*/A – combined, City of London School for Girls was ranked 9th among the top private schools in England. Students leave the school for an admirable range of higher education destinations, including Oxbridge, USA institutions such as Stanford, Brown and Columbia and top Russell Group universities.
Meanwhile, City of London School for Girls aims to develop a strong culture of self-reflection in its students. Girls have access to in-depth well-being support through a tutorial system, learning support, PSCHE programmes and counselling. The school’s unique coaching programme supports girls to become confident young women by developing inner strength, social and emotional intelligence, positivity and integrity.
Headmistress: Mrs Jenny Brown
Address: City of London School for Girls, St Giles’ Terrace, Barbican, The City, EC2Y 8BB
London Borough: City of London
Admissions contact: Clare White – [email protected], 020 7847 5500
Age range and gender: 7–18 (girls only)
Number of pupils: 809
Number of places in Year 7: 100 (joining girls who move up from the junior school to make a year group cohort of 125)
Ratio of applicants to places: 8:1
Open day date: Tuesday 27th September, Wednesday 5th October and Thursday 12th October 2022. Book a place online.
Overview of selection procedure: CEM Select assessment, school’s own exam, interview and reference
Registration opens: End of summer 2022. To be updated when formal registration opens, submit a registration of interest form online.
Registration closes: 28th October 2022
Assessment date: 18th November and 21st to 23rd November 2022 (first stage), 5th January 2023 (second stage)
Scholarship assessment date: January 2023
The school fees for City of London School for Girls in 2022–23 are £7,298 per term. This does not include school lunches.
City of London School for Girls is committed to enabling access to the school to pupils who will most benefit from its education. The school offers bursaries – financial support packages – each year to approximately 12–15 11 plus applicants whose families would not be able to afford fees. These awards are means-tested; as a guide, families with a net income of less than £45,000 per annum, with limited assets, may be eligible for 100% off the school fees, while families with a net income of less than £70,000 with limited assets may be eligible to receive up to 25% off.
Music scholarships are also available to successful 11 plus candidates for City of London School for Girls. The school is currently reviewing its scholarship provision and is looking to expand opportunities for more pupils to take part in an enhanced programme in drama, sport and art once settled into Year 7.
The term dates at City of London School for Girls for 2022–23 are:
Autumn term: 12th September – 15th December 2022
Half term: 19th–28th October 2022
Spring term: 6th January – 31st March 2023
Half term: 13th–17th February 2023
Summer term: 24th April – 6th July 2023
Half term: 29th May – 2nd June 2023
The provisional term dates at City of London School for Girls for 2023–24 are:
Autumn term: 6th September – 15th December 2023
Half term: 16th–27th October 2023
Spring term: 10th January – 22nd March 2024
Half term: 12th–16th February 2024
Summer term: 15th April – 5th July 2024
Half term: 27th–31st May 2024
Registration for 11 plus entry in 2023 at City of London School for Girls will open in late summer 2022. You can register your interest in advance to be informed when formal registration opens.
Once formal registration opens, you will need to complete the form and pay a non-refundable registration fee of £160 (UK applicants) before the closing date on 28th October 2022. This registration fee can be waived if you are in receipt of social benefits (excluding child benefits). If this applies to you, contact [email protected] to discuss. If you are interested in applying for a bursary for your daughter, you will be sent the initial assessment form to complete online.
City of London School for Girls will ask for a reference from your daughter’s current school. All registered candidates will then be invited to the school to sit the CEM Select test in the second half of November 2022. This is a one-hour online test which is designed to assess numerical skills as well as verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning. For more details on what this exam involves, take a look at our parents’ guide to CEM Select.
Girls who have been successful in the CEM Select test and who have an encouraging reference from their current school will be informed in mid-December 2022 if they are invited to the second stage of the assessment. This exam is set by City of London School for Girls and will take place in early January 2023. Pupils will also have taster lessons at the school and an interview with a member of staff.
City of London School for Girls is currently reviewing its scholarship programme. However, children who are applying for 11 plus entry in 2023 will still be able to apply for a Music Scholarship. Candidates who pass the first assessment (CEM Select) will be invited to submit their Music Scholarship application in late 2022; those who are shortlisted will be invited back to audition at the school in January 2023.
Offers of places, including scholarship and bursary offers, will be sent via email in mid-February 2023. These will be unconditional and the acceptance deadline will be early March.
All applicants to City of London School for Girls will take the CEM Select 11 plus test on either 18th November or between 21st and 23rd November 2022. This is an online one-hour exam, set by the Centre of Evaluation and Monitoring, which assesses children’s numerical ability, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning skills.
For a full breakdown of the exam and how to prepare, take a look at our parents’ guide to CEM Select.
Candidates who have passed the CEM Select exam and who have a good reference from their current school will be invited back to sit City of London School for Girls’ own exam on 5th January 2023.
There are two written papers, both of which are aligned to the Key Stage 2 core curriculum:
English: a 45-minute paper which tests creative writing and analytical skills.
Maths: a 45-minute non-calculator paper which tests problem-solving.
The 11 plus exam at City of London School for Girls covers a huge range of content. Candidates are tested in their mathematical, verbal and non-verbal ability in the CEM Select test, followed by their English language and creativity and mathematical knowledge in the school’s own test.
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