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How to get into City of London School
July 25, 2016
Here’s everything you need to know about City of London School's admissions, fees, exams and more:
City of London School
Type: Independent day school for boys, ages 10 - 18
£4,962, per term
Registration fee: £150
Lunch Fee: £229, per term
Music Fee (Optional): £212, per term
Current Head: Sarah Fletcher
About City of London School
The history of City of London School dates back to 1442, when the property of the late town clerk of London, John Carpenter, was invested in the education of four young boys. In 2016, the independent day boy’s school welcomed more than 800 pupils and 200 staff to its “new” 1830s site on the River Thames.
In their Strategic Plan for 2015 - 2020, City of London stresses that they aim to use their rich history to instill aspiration, confidence, independent thinking, resilience, courtesy, and generosity in all their students.
Why is it so popular?
City of London has a reputation for producing first-rate academics, particularly in the pursuit of sciences and modern languages. In fact, 2015 yielded City of London’s highest grades yet, with over 90% of students scoring a A or A* at GCSE and 91% of students earning A* to B at A Levels.
City of London’s dedication to academic excellence continues with its students beyond Sixth form, as several alumni have been accepted to Oxford, Cambridge, and Russell Group universities.
How do I know if City of London School is right for me?
City of London School hosts several Prospective Parents’ Meetings and Open Events that will assist you and your son in making your final admissions decision this fall.
The school is currently accepting RSVPs for evening events for boys from all points of entry, the first of which is 22nd September 2016 at 3.00, 4.00, and 4.30 p.m. If an afternoon event works better for you and your family, you may RSVP for one of the entry specific visitations beginning on 11th October 2016 at 3.30 p.m. for 13+ 2019 admissions, 3rd November 2016 at 2.30 p.m. for 10+ and 11+ 2017 admissions, and 27th September 2016 at 3.00 p.m. for Sixth Form 2017 admissions.
City of London is currently only accepting registrations for 13+ boys entering in 2019 until 30th September 2016, and for 10+/11+ boys entering in 2017 until 18th November 2016.
Boys looking to enter City of London at 10+/11+ must complete the registration form and sit three entrance examinations.
Similarly, boys entering the school at 13+ must complete the registration form and will need to have sat the ISEB Common Pre-test entrance.
Sixth Form boys who have received at least an A in a full course I/GCSE and an A* in four of the six I/GCSE subjects are also welcome to apply to the school. Registrations for Sixth Form are expected to open later in July 2016 and close on 17th October 2016. For admission, your son will need to sit two entry tests in the subjects of their choice, complete an interview, and perform well on his GCSEs.
How can I do well on City of London School exams and interviews?
First, it is important to know exactly what kind of examinations City of London requires for your son’s specific entry point.
For 10+/11+ admissions, your son is required to sit papers in English, Mathematics, and Reasoning (as well as Non-Verbal Reasoning for 11+). If he does well on his papers, he will be asked for a friendly twenty minute interview about two weeks later.
If your son is entering at 13+, he will sit the ISEB Common Pre-test, normally taken at his current school, and for which more information can be found on the ISEB website. Again, if he does well on the written exams he will be invited to interview in the following January.
Lastly, if your son is entering Sixth Form, he will sit two tests in subject he wishes to study at City of London that he will choose from a list supplied by the school. If he does well on his examinations, he will be asked for an interview approximately two weeks later, and then receive his offer (conditional on GCSE grades) within two weeks.
Like any skill, writing exams becomes easier the more you (you guessed it) practice. City of London provides a series of sample papers for 10+ - 13+ students that will help your son familiarize himself with the style and difficulty of his tests, and in turn reduce exam anxiety. Although there is no prescribed way for your son to prepare for his interview, it usually helps to practice answering Maths and English answers, and describing his academic and personal goals out loud. He can do this in front of a mirror (silly, but effective) or with a tutor for additional feedback.
For more information and important dates, City of London has created a “Ten Frequently Asked Questions” pamphlet for your perusal.
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