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City of London

School for girls

Head's Welcome

Mrs Ena Harrop

Welcome to City of London School for Girls, a day school for girls aged 7-18 situated in the heart of the Barbican.

Three aspects make City a unique school: its unashamedly high academic standards, its location and its social and cultural diversity. The result is a community with an infectious vibrancy, sense of purpose and enthusiasm where girls feel happy, challenged and supported in equal measure.

Our location allows the girls to access the very best of London and enriches our educational offer in unique ways. We have galleries, museums, libraries and theatres almost on our doorstep, along with all the other resources of an international centre of commerce and finance, and we are able to host eminent guest speakers on a weekly basis. The school is 20 minutes away from City of London School for Boys, which allows us to offer an ever growing  number of joint extracurricular activities, from music and drama to CCF.

We welcome girls from all over Greater and Outer London, offering a significant number of means tested bursaries in order to maintain the diversity which we value so highly. The school is a true reflection of the cosmopolitan nature of London, and this allows the girls to develop into young women with a strong social conscience and a commitment to the common good. Our community Service Programme and outreach activities are a testament to how seriously the school takes its role in the local community.

City is a school where everyone loves learning, both girls and staff. Girls are encouraged to achieve academic excellence, and to discover and develop their individual (and often unsuspected) talents and interests. More importantly, we set about teaching the girls in ways that will allow them to develop into confident and self motivated learners with a capacity for life-long learning. We place tremendous importance on collaboration and on developing in the girls an understanding of themselves as learners. At the same time, staff at City are very proud of their craft and are constantly looking at refining it, thus role modelling the importance of continuous learning to the girls. The school has well established links with King’s College London Education Department and is engaged in educational research.

Respect, resilience and responsibility are our core school values. City girls, as a result, are independent, articulate and resourceful. They are practical and down to earth as well as uniquely tolerant, compassionate and self aware. They also share a sophisticated sense of humour.  By the time they leave us, they are ready to take on any challenges that life may throw at them.

This website is only an indication of what City can offer your daughter. Come and visit us in order to discover first hand just what makes City so different and so special. I very much look forward to meeting you.