The Lower School comprises Years 7 and 8. Joining Year 7 can be a daunting experience for a new student and we aim to make the transition as easy as possible. Girls come to City from a wide variety of schools and we therefore have a full induction programme to ensure all girls settle in well. This includes coming into school for a day before the other girls and a 3 day residential trip in their first few weeks. There is a strong pastoral support network and parents and girls are encouraged to bring any concerns they may have to the Lower School Team. There is also an active Friends of CLSG group which gives parents a chance to share experiences with others through a number of social events.
City prides itself on the range of opportunities on offer and we encourage girls to interact and embrace new experiences from their first day. The girls study a wide range of subjects, including the three sciences, two modern foreign languages and Latin, humanities and a full programme of creative subjects. These are supplemented by visits outside the classroom.
Girls are put into House forms and this helps to encourage integration across the years. Girls in Year 7 are linked with a “buddy”, an older girl in the same House who will write to them before they arrive and is another source of support in the first few weeks.