How to get into City of London School for Girls at 11 Plus

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February 20th, 2017

How to get into City of London School for Girls at 11 Plus

Are you hoping for your daughter to win one of the 75 places at City of London School for Girls at 11+? Read on! This blog tells you everything you need to know about the application process: from registering your daughter, to pre-tests, exams and the interview. You will also find sample Maths and English papers as published by the school.


Introduction

City of London School for Girls has a significant intake at 11 Plus, with 75 students joining at this point. The school’s other major entrance points are into the Prep school at 7 Plus, and the Sixth Form at 16 Plus. As the school has a Prep department, a significant number of students will stay on into the Senior department.

Places are awarded on the basis of performance in a two stage admissions process in the January of Year 6. These examinations take place on one day in early January of Year 6 (the school year before admission), when students will be 10 or 11 years old.

Open Events and Registration

The school holds 4 open events per year for prospective parents.

Parents must register their daughters by mid November of Year 6. For example, the registration deadline for entry in September 2018 the closing date for registrations is Friday 17th November 2017.

Parents of applicants must register online using the below form:

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At this point, parents must indicate their daughter’s date of birth, basic information like name, current school, address and parent’s contact details. Registration costs £125, or £155 for parents outside the UK. This fee covers all administration around the exam.

City of London School for Girls will contact your daughter’s current school by December of Year 6, to request a reference and to let them know that they will be sitting the exam. As a result, they advise you to let your daughter’s current school know that they are applying.

Pre-testing

City of London School for Girls does not use pre-testing at 11+.

Examinations

City of London School for Girls sets an 11+ entrance exam in early January of Year 6. Results are then sent out by email about a week later, and some students are invited in for an interview at the school. Offers are sent out, again via email, by early February.

For entry in September 2018, the exam is on Thursday 4th January 2018, results sent out on Friday 12th January 2018, then interviews all completed in the week of Monday 22nd to Friday 26th January 2018. All offers are to be sent out by Friday 9th February 2018.

All applicants sit the same set of entrance exams in Maths and English in the January of Year 6. The Maths exam lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes. The English exam lasts 80 minutes, and contains sections on comprehension and creative writing.

The school supplies sample papers in Maths and English, which you can view below:

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Although they aren’t exactly the same, parents wishing to give their child extra exam practice papers have two main routes: the practice papers written by the ISEB (purchasable from Galore Park’s website), and the free papers that we provide on our website.

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Interviews

Students who do well on the 11+ examinations are invited in for interview in late January of Year 6.

At 11+ the interview process is around 20 minutes long. There is often a lot of fear around the interview process, but essentially, the school wants to know if your child is going to be happy and do well there. The school expect no special preparation to be made for the interview. In the words of one of our top school entrance tutors:

[bs_lead]”The interview is a conversation with a purpose, designed to establish whether the school will suit you and you will suit the school. Ask your child to think about why they want to go there, what the school can offer them and what they can offer the school. Can they play an instrument, act, contribute to term sports, play chess, instigate a new club? Tell them!”[/bs_lead]

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Scholarships and Bursaries

City of London School for Girls offers both Scholarships and Bursaries. They do not offer Academic Scholarships. Scholarships are worth up to £1500 a year, and are awarded for the duration of a student’s time at the school.

Scholarships

Academic scholarships are not offered by the school

Art scholarships are awarded at 11+. Applicants must submit a portfolio of work. Students are invited to attend a 30 minute still life drawing exam, which will be on the same day as an interview. This is followed by an interview with an Art teacher.

Drama scholarships are awarded at 11+. Students are invited to attend an audition, which will be on the same day as an interview. This is followed by an interview with a Drama teacher.

Music scholarships are awarded at 11+. Applicants must be at Grade 6 in an instrument. Students are invited to attend a 30 minute audition, which will be on the same day as an interview. This is followed by an interview with a Music teacher.

Sports scholarships are awarded at 11+. Applicants must already be at a strong level in their chosen sport. Students are invited to attend a trial at the school, which will be on the same day as an interview. This is followed by an interview with a Sports teacher.

Bursaries

The school offers full-fee bursaries, as well as smaller awards. Parents must fill out a separate form at the time of application. Please contact the school for further information.

Fees

Fees (payable termly) were £5352 for Year 7 in the year 2016-2017. This came to £16,056 a year.

Parents are required to pay a £1500 deposit on acceptance of a place.


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Finnian qualified as a teacher in Primary education in 2000, and now works as a tutor with Owl Tutors.

Finnian is our most experienced school entrance tutor. He is a highly skilled and knowledgeable English and mathematics teacher, with two decades in the classroom and over a decade tutoring. Finnian previously spent substantial time in the world of business, successfully running his own companies in London and New York, before a desire to teach led him to four years of study to become a primary teacher.