How to get into City of London School for Girls

Aliya Mrochuk

July 26, 2016

Have a seat, grab a cup of tea, and scroll through our complete guide to admissions, exams and interviews to get into City of London School for Girls.

City of London School for Girls

Type: Independent day school for girls, ages 7 - 18

Fees: £5,352, per term
Registration fee: £125
Music fee (optional): £258, per term
Evening Supervision (optional, Prep School only): £182, per term

Current Head: Ena Harrop

About City of London School for Girls
Relatively new for a top-rated English school, City of London School for Girls was established by City merchant William Ward in 1894, and accepted 53 girls in its first year. Although skepticism surrounding girls’ education was so pervasive that the school was originally built for easy conversion into offices following its supposedly inevitable failure, City survived sexism, war, and multiple moves to become one of the leading schools in England.
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Why is it so popular?
City frequently takes full advantage of their central location to take learning out of the classroom and into the world-class museums, art galleries and theatres of London. Girls are encouraged to think independently, and, above all, to develop a healthy sense of “respect, resilience, and responsibility.”

How do I know if City of London School for Girls is right for me?
City hosts several Open Events from June through October that will allow you and your daughter to tour school grounds, chat with staff and students, and ask as many questions as you’d like.

The first Open Event is on 16th June from 4.00 - 6.00 p.m. for 7+ entry, on 23rd June from 4.30 - 6.00 p.m. for 11+ entry, and on 14 June from 3.00 - 6.00 p.m. for 16+ entry. You don’t need to make a reservation, just arrive at the school’s reception half an hour before the above start times.

Admissions Policy
For 7+ entry, City of London School for Girls will begin accepting applications on 1stSeptember 2016 for the 24 placements open in the next available entry year (September 2018). To register, your daughter will need to be at least seven years old at the time of entry, and will sit her entry test when she is in Year 2, the November prior to entry.

For 11+ entry, registrations for the 70 - 75 girls’ positions beginning in September 2017 are open until 18th November 2016 at 4.00 p.m. If your daughter is in Year 5 or 6, she may register for City’s January entrance exam to begin her application. It is important to note that girls applying for this entry date will no longer be considered a part of the North London Independent Girls’ Schools’ Consortium, which will affect their application to certain schools.

For 16+ entry, registration is open until 21st October 2016 for the 15 - 20 new girls City will welcome in September 2017. To register, your daughter must sit four A Level exams, complete an interview with a Sixth Form tutor, and earn at least 8 GCSEs at A* or A.

For more information and important dates, City has compiled an Admissions Booklet, available here.
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What should I expect from City of London School for Girls’ exams and interviews, and how can I do well?
For 7+ entry, your daughter will complete an assessment in reading, story writing, and mathematics.  Around 50 girls will then be invited to take a second, social assessment, during which girls will be evaluated on how they interact with the staff and with each other, Lastly, if the school has any further questions for you or your daughter, you will be invited to interview with a member of Prep staff. These tests are meant to replicate the girls’ typical school day and be a friendly way to introduce yourself and your daughter to City’s culture and academic expectations. With that in mind, City encourages your daughter to ask any and all questions, and to enjoy her time learning new things at the assessment.

For 11+ entry, your daughter will write both an English and a Maths exam, for which students are sat together in small groups and write their individual exams for a total of two and a half hours (one hour and fifteen minutes each). If she does well on her papers, your daughter will then interview with a teaching staff member in late January. The interview is about 20 minutes long, and City advises parents and students against running mock interviews. Instead, prepare for your tests and interview by familiarizing yourself with City’s sample papers, reading lots of books, and getting excited to talk about your interests and skills in a candid and open manner.

For 16+ entry, your daughter will sit four 45 minute papers in the A Level subjects of her choice (unless she has chosen Design and Technology or Art, in which case she must bring a portfolio of her recent work to her entrance exam). The goal here is to weigh your daughter’s potential, so it is fine if she chooses a subject that is new to her. Providing she does well on her papers, she will then be asked to interview with a member of staff in mid-November. To standout, take a look at City’s sample papers, and be prepared to have a friendly chat with staff about your interests, academics and current affairs.    

Good luck!
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