Joining us at 10+

CLS is committed to providing bright pupils in Year 6 with the stretch, challenge and academic and co-curricular variety that characterises Old Grammar.

In the coming years, some developments to the CLS site are planned to ensure that our facilities allow us to continue to provide a world-class education for our pupils.

In order to facilitate this work, and before the newly opened City Junior School (CJS) reaches its full capacity, pupils joining Old Grammar in September 2023 and September 2024 will be educated at the new Gray’s Inn site, before moving to the main CLS site for First Form (year 7).

Old Grammar pupils will be taught in parallel to CJS’s year 6 pupils. This means that the year 6 experience will be in a co-educational environment. All year 6 pupils will receive a significant amount of specialist teaching by staff from CLS and City of London School for Girls (CLSG), as well as making use of the facilities of the senior schools on a regular basis. In this way, the curriculum and the co-curriculum will reflect the breadth of the current Old Grammar experience.

The admissions process will remain unchanged and will be run by the CLS Admissions team: your child is applying for a place in Old Grammar, which will ensure a smooth transition to their education at CLS from year 7.

Bursaries are available at this point of entry to cover up to 100% of school fees. For more information please click here

Further details will be published in due course. You can book to visit CLS now, and you will be able to visit CJS after it opens in the Autumn Term, in advance of the entrance exams.

Registration for 10+ 2023 is now open via the red Register button above.

Key Dates

Open events for parents and prospective candidates Thursday 29 September 2022 and Sunday 2 October 2022

Registration deadline for applications for entry Friday 4 November 2022

Entrance examination day Wednesday 30 November 2022

Results and invitations to interviews sent out by Friday 16 December 2022

Interviews January 2023

Home visits for bursary applicants January 2023

Offers sent out by email Early February 2023


Selection Process

A pupil’s age is calculated on 1 September in the year of desired entry. For 10+ entry, a child will be aged between 10 and 11, and will have completed Year 5 at their current school.

All pupils must be registered for our Entrance Examinations by the deadline.

For 10+ entry in 2023 (for children born 1 September 2012 to 31 August 2013), the registration deadline will be Friday 4 November 2022.

Registration and payment of the non-refundable registration fee must be completed online.

All registered candidates will be invited to sit examinations in English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning late in the Autumn Term 2022.  

Candidates who perform well in these examinations will be invited back to the School for an interview, usually in January. The interview lasts around 20 minutes and affords us an opportunity to get to know your child beyond their examination results. It is also useful for them to be able to find out more about us. No specific preparation is required or expected for the interview.

The offer of a place at the School is made on the evidence of the examination and interview, together with a confidential report from the Head of the candidate’s current school.



Scholarships are worth £250.

Academic Scholarship candidates are selected based on their performance in the School’s entrance examinations. At interview, candidates will be expected to demonstrate that they are of high academic calibre and potential, but no specific preparation is required. Candidates who are awarded an Academic Scholarship are expected to maintain excellent academic standards throughout their school life.

Music Scholarships may be awarded on the basis of an audition and interview, and candidates must also satisfy the School’s normal academic entry requirements. Scholarships are offered on all orchestral instruments; however, voice cannot be offered as a first study and singers are also expected to play an instrument. The minimum requirement on piano and strings is Grade 5. In addition to the monetary value of a Scholarship, Music Scholars will also receive free tuition on two instruments at the School, or the equivalent monetary value towards external tuition. Music Scholars are expected to participate fully and contribute positively to the musical life of the School in activities appropriate to their talents, to be involved in a reasonable number of activities out of normal School hours, and to meet the high standards of musicianship expected by the School; they will also be expected to take Music IGCSE.

Sports Scholarships are awarded to gifted team games players who have the ability to make a significant contribution to at least two of the School's major team sports, especially football. In order to be awarded a Sports Scholarship, which are awarded on the basis of a sports trial, candidates must have satisfied the School’s normal academic entry requirements. In addition to the monetary value of a Scholarship, Sports Scholars are eligible to receive funding from the Sports Scholarship Fund to support their personal and team sporting development. Sports Scholars are expected to contribute positively and fully to the sporting life of the School in all three terms of the academic year and to be involved in a reasonable number of activities out of normal School hours. Representation for the School is a key requirement and will only be waived in special circumstances by the Director of Sport.

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  • Does the School accept pupils with learning difficulties?

Yes, provided they meet the academic requirements of the School. Parents of a child who has any special educational needs should disclose this when they register and should submit all relevant educational psychologists’, medical practitioners’ or specialist teachers’ reports shortly there after. This information is required in order to make appropriate arrangements during the examinations or at interview. After admission, the Learning Support Department, in consultation with parents, will make recommendations as to the type of help needed by each individual pupil. Support may include individual or group lessons, providing study skills or specialist tuition, enabling those with special educational needs to work with greater independence and success within the School.

  • Are there any Choral awards?

Yes. Candidates for entry to the School may also apply for a Choral Scholarship at the Temple Church or the Chapel Royal, St. James’s Palace.

Potential choristers are auditioned by the choir and academic assessments are taken at the School at the age of 8, usually in year 4. Choristers usually join the School at 10+ in the appropriate year. Successful candidates are offered a conditional place at the School and are required to sit the appropriate entrance examinations, which are used as a check that the required progress has been made.

Parents are encouraged to make early contact with the relevant choir for further information:

The Chapel Royal: Joe McHardy, Director of Music (tel. 020 3680 6444; e-mail: jm@cityoflondonschool.org.uk)

The Temple Church: Susan Keeling (tel. 020 7427 5650; e-mail: susan@templechurch.com).

  • What links does CLS have with City of London School for Girls?

Although both Schools are owned by the City of London Corporation, they are run separately. However, there is much co-operation and assistance in co-curricular activities such as drama productions, musical concerts, clubs and the annual Sponsored Walk – not to mention social occasions.

  • What is the ethos of CLS with regard to Sport?

The programme aims to provide pupils with the opportunity to engage in a sporting activity that motivates, rewards and promotes a healthy and active lifestyle for each individual, regardless of ability. A Games afternoon for all students ensures that the ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ concept remains at the forefront of the pupils’ ideals. Our pupils are offered an increasing choice of activities as they progress through CLS. A thorough grounding in individual and team sports in the lower years is then enhanced in later years by the introduction of more specialist activities such as sailing, climbing, fencing and martial arts. A full range of outdoor and adventure activities is also available through the Combined Cadet Force. CLS has an extensive inter-school fixtures list, which promotes elite level competition across the four major school sports: football, cricket, water polo and basketball. School teams annually achieve outstanding results in both Regional and National Leagues and in Cup competitions, and we are very proud of our successes. CLS invests heavily in maintaining and adding to its outstanding facilities, both on and off-site, in order to provide every pupil with the opportunity to extend their individual sporting potential.

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