City of London School for Girls – About

City of London School for Girls (CLSG) is an academic and modern independent day school for girls, situated in the heart of the Barbican. The school prides itself in providing an outstanding education for a diverse range of students, from different backgrounds, faiths and cultures. Since it was established in 1894, CLSG has strived to be a leading school in the country, creating a refreshing and modern environment for learning.

City of London School – Essential Information

Phone number: 020 7847 5500

Students admitted at 11+: Around 100 students

Admissions email:

Fees: £7,926 per term, £23,778 per year (Senior School)

Link to website:


City of London School School for Girls was founded in 1894, following a generous bequest in the will of William Ward. Ward was a successful merchant from Brixton, giving a significant portion of his wealth to fund the new school. The school initially opened in Carmelite Street, moving to the Barbican in the summer of 1969, where it has remained to this day.


GCSEs in 2019

Percentage of grades
Grades 8-9 82.2%
Grades 7-9 93.9%
Grades 5-9 99.6%

A Levels in 2019

Percentage of Grades
Grades A*-A 77.5%
Grades A*-B 91%

City of London School – Entrance exam

The school entrance exams consist of two main parts:

  • First assessment: CEM designed test assessing:
    • Numerical skills
    • Verbal
    • Non-verbal
  • Second assessment (if successful with first assessment) consisting of:
    • 45 minute English paper (creative writing and analytical skills)
    • 45 minute maths paper

CEM-style practice papers can be found by clicking on the desired images below:

Bancroft's School Practice Exam                                               Bancroft's School Practice Exam Paid

Online computer-based test familiarisation (not practice material):

Click here for familiarisation material

Papers for practice:


Maths Specimen paper 45 minutes


English Specimen paper 45 minutes