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City of London School for Girls
Coat of Arms of The City of London.svg
Motto Latin: Domine Dirige Nos
(O Lord Direct us)
Established 1894
Type Independent day school
Location Barbican
London, EC2

United Kingdom
LEA City of London
Students 707
Gender Girls
Ages 7 to 18
Houses Fleet, Tudor, St. Bride & Ward
School colours Red     
Former pupils City of London Old Girls' Association
Contact No 020 7847 5500
Website City of London School for Girls

City of London School for Girls (CLSG) is a independent school located in the City of London.

The school celebrated its 110th Anniversary in 2004-2005, under the title of 'Women in Leadership'. It celebrated its 111th Anniversary in 2005-2006, under the same title. It celebrated its 112th Anniversary in 2006-2007 under the title of 'International Women in Leadership'.


The school was founded using a bequest by William Ward, in 1894. It was his conviction that girls should be given a broad and liberal education with an emphasis on scholarship. The school has strong links with its brother school - the City of London School is just a 15-minute walk away.


The Good Schools Guide called the school an "Academic and hard-working day school that currently produces good results,articulate and independent girls."

The school is for girls aged 7 to 18. Most pupils enter aged 7 ("7+" for the Prep School), 11 ("11+"), or 16 ("16+", for Sixth Form), although casual vacancies arise occasionally. The school's capacity is roughly 680 pupils. As its success rises, applications to the school continue to climb with new classrooms being continually created to meet this growing demand.

The entrance exam consists of exams in English and Maths. At sixth form level, the entry process is more competitive, with exams being set in each of the subjects they propose to study at as as well as a comprehension paper and logic test.

The school remains relatively ethnically and socially diverse, and is said to be more diverse than other leading London schools in both the state and independent sectors. There are several Societies and Clubs.

The headmistress is the 8th headmistress of the school.


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City of London School for Girls

The school has an outstanding academic reputation and leading league table results, it also encourages extracurricular activities. The arts are popular. Furthermore, teachers are encouraged to go 'beyond the syllabus', exploring wider issues to nurture girls in areas that are not examined.

Music lessons are available to individuals or groups, and the school has successful Junior and Senior Orchestras, Junior and Senior Choirs, a gospel choir, a barbershop group and a swing band.

Sports are another strength at City, with clubs, teams and squads in abundance. City encourages girls to take up sports they have never done before and push them when necessary. The school has a swimming pool, a lecture theater, two netball/tennis courts, a drama studio, an all weather playing field and an indoor gym with climbing wall, as well as a gym complete with exercise equipment such as treadmills and weights. Debating is another popular activity.

The House System

City has a relatively new house system which consists of four houses. Each girl is allocated a house when they enter the school.

The four houses are:

  • Fleet - after Fleet Street
  • Tudor - after Tudor Street
  • St. Bride - after St. Bride church on Fleet Street,
  • Ward - after William Ward, the founder of the school.

The School encourages good natured competition. There are a variety of inter-house competitions, including Drama, Debating, Maths, Art, Music, the Inter-House Quiz and at Sports Day, as well as several other sports competitions throughout the year.

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