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City of London School for Girls


School Name: City of London School for Girls (CLSG)
Description: Girls; Day Schoo
Acceptance Ages: 11+


City of London School for Girls is a non-denominational, independent day school, for girls aged 7 to 18. Based in the London Square Mile, the school was established by the Corporation of the City of London and moved to its present premises in the iconic Barbican in 1969. The City of London School for Girls is owned by the City of London Corporation.

It aims to provide a stretching and challenging education for all girls, allowing them ‘to nurture into young women with a strong social conscience and a commitment to the common good.’ Academic excellence and discovery of new talents in its pupils are paramount. Girls are encouraged to try new things and the extra curricular timetable is a sight to behold.

Admissions Process for CLSG Eleven Plus (11+) for Year 7 entry

Around 70-75 girls are accepted to City of London School at 11+. Entrance assessment consists of two stages (exam and interview) that will be held in January, prior to entering the school in September of the same year.

Open Days

The school hosts open events throughout the year, giving parents and girls the opportunity to tour around the school, experience City life and ask any questions they may have. You will be able to meet and talk to current City girls who will guide you around the school and talk openly and honestly about all aspects of school life.

Bookings are not necessary for an Open Day visit. Please visit the school website for upcoming dates.

In addition, in June, they hold a ‘Taster Afternoon’ for approximately 60 girls in Year 5 who are at state primary schools and hoping to apply to City for Year 7 entry. The afternoons give the girls a chance to experience life in the City. This event is advertised on the school’s website (usually in April each year) with an online application form that must be completed if you like to attend. Places fill fast.


Applicants can register once they are in Year 5 for the entrance exam. Please visit the school’s website to register online.

Deadline for registration is in November, please check the school’s website for the updated dates.

The registration fee is waived for families in receipt of social benefits and will be applying for a bursary, if relevant, no need to apply online and just email with your details.

Entrance Exams

Entrance exam cosists in English and Mathematics.

  • English paper is for 1 hour and 20 minutes long and is divided into 3 sections: 1 reading and 2 writing.
    • For the Reading section, you are tasked to read a short passage and followed by comprehension questions about the passage to answer.
    • For the Writing section, a creative writing task will be given based on the passage in the Reading section. There will then be a short discursive section, again based in some way on the passage.
      The school is looking for girls who can read with discernment and understanding, with a firm grasp of both implicit and explicit meanings, and who can provide and back up their own opinions in a confident way.

    • The mathematics paper is for 1 hour and 15 minutes long which consists of a variety of questions, testing numerical and arithmetic skills, problem solving and logical thinking. The questions get harder as the paper goes on.

The school is looking for girls having a strong foundation of accurate calculation skills and thinking mathematically, drawing on existing knowledge to solve unfamiliar problems, noticing and using patterns, and explaining and justifying answers.

Sample papers are available on the school’s website.

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