City of London School for Girls

Overview of City of London School for Girls and 11 Plus information

Address: City of London School for Girls, St Giles’ Terrace, Barbican, London, EC2Y 8BB



Boys – No

Girls – Yes

School Size – c. 730 – 740

City of London School for Girls Scholarships and bursaries available – Yes

City of London School for Girls 11 Plus Exam – English and maths


City of London School for Girls – Overview

City of London School for Girls is a non-denominational, academically selective, independent day school for girls aged 7 – 18 based in the centre of the City of London. The school was founded in 1894 and is one of three schools within the City over which the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and the Common Council exercise general control, whilst all matters concerned with it educational provision are dealt with by a board of governors.   The school moved to its present site in the Barbican in 1969.

There are 734 pupils in all, of whom 91 are aged 7 – 11 forming the Preparatory Department (“The Prep”) with Years 3 – 6. The Lower School contains 211 pupils in Years 7 and 8, while 267 are in the Senior School consisting of Years 9 to 11.  A further 163 pupils are in Years 12 and 13, forming the Sixth Form.  Pupils mostly come from within the metropolis of London.  The pupils reflect the wide range of cultural heritages seen in London.  There are 127 pupils who have English as an additional language (EAL).

The school’s mission statement is ‘Aiming for excellence in education and development of young women’. The school’s stated values are ‘Respect, Resilience and Responsibility’.  The school’s aims are in four main groups, summarised as fostering a love of learning; capitalising on London to offer a broad co-curriculum and forward-thinking careers education; respect and care for all, and embracing the world.

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