City of London School

Overview of City of London School and 11 Plus information

Address: City of London School, Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4V 3AL



Boys – Yes

Girls – No

School Size – c. 920 – 930

City of London School Scholarships and bursaries available – Yes

City of London School 11 Plus Exam – English, mathematics and a reasoning test


City of London School – Overview

City of London School has a large site in the City by the Thames. It has over twenty acres of sports pitches, in south east London.  The school’s origins lie in a bequest by the Town Clerk of London in the reign of Henry V.  It was established by Act of Parliament in 1834 and moved to the present site in 1986.  The school is governed by a board of governors and also by the City of London Corporation, which appoints the governors.

The school’s main aims are to welcome talented boys from a diversity of backgrounds into a tolerant, harmonious community, in which they achieve the highest academic standards, and to make full use of their potential and develop towards responsible adulthood. It is intended that boys will be academically fulfilled and qualified, with a wide range of skills and interests outside the curriculum, sensitive to the needs of others and tolerant of others’ beliefs, outward looking and compassionate and responsive to the wider community, leaving socially confident and civilised.

The pupil’s ability is far above the national average up to the sixth form, where the school has a wider intake, but it is still above the national average at this stage. Boys come from a wide variety of maintained and independent schools from all over London.  Almost half of the pupils are of minority ethnic descent, 40 different nationalities are represented.  Over two-fifths receive some form of fee remission, with 95 pupils having free places on means-tested sponsored awards.  Choristers of the Chapel Royal and the Temple Church are usually pupils with scholarships.

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