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City of London School

In their own words

When visiting City of London School, you cannot help but sense a buzz: pupils and staff alike exude enthusiasm for the opportunities that an education here provides.

CLS is defined by its iconic location, a wonderfully diverse pupil body, outstanding pastoral care, academic excellence and an exciting co-curriculum. We are grounded and unpretentious, but ambitious nonetheless. And we understand that, for our pupils to make progress, they must be comfortable in their own skin.

Within this context, we are committed to preparing respectful, optimistic and inquisitive pupils for the rapidly changing demands of the twenty-first century. We understand that this requires an understanding of the society of which they are part: they must be aware. It requires a broad range of skills, academic and otherwise: they must be ready. But, most of all, it requires empathy and understanding: they must be kind.

Equally important is our determination to make a City of London School education available to as many boys as possible, including through means-tested support and transformational bursaries. I am proud to be the Head of a school that has this as a central priority, and we are very grateful to all who help us to make this happen.

A website can provide a flavour of the School, but nothing substitutes for a visit. I look forward to welcoming you to one of our regular Open Events.

With best wishes,

Alan BirdHead

The admissions process uses the online ISEB Common Pre Test (sometimes referred to as the Common Entrance Exam). This exam has a specific format and structure, includes a range of predictable questions types and is taken in an online/computer environment. Students should pay particular attention to the Non-Verbal and Verbal-Reasoning modules, as these sections may include question types they have never encountered before.

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  • Vocabulary and spelling

  • Literary devices

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  • Code breaking

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  • Missing letters

  • Pairing synonyms

  • Pairing antonyms

  • Word combinations

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