Joining us at 10+

Joining CLS at 10+ offers clever boys an opportunity to come to us sooner rather than later, and each year, we welcome between 40 and 44 boys who join us in Old Grammar (Year 6).

Boys benefit from being taught by specialist staff in a variety of academic subjects, and they enjoy all the facilities that a Senior School has to offer. It is particularly suitable for those boys who may have outgrown their current school.

Registration for 10+ 2019 has now closed.

If you need to discuss this, please contact Admissions at admissions@cityoflondonschool.org.uk

Registration for 10+ 2020 and beyond will open in the new year.




Selection Process

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

All boys must be registered for our Entrance Examinations by the deadline:

For 10+ entry in 2019 (for boys born 1 September 2008 to 31 August 2009), the registration deadline is 16 November 2018.

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 early in the January of their Year 5. For 10+ 2019, the examinations will be held on Friday 4 January 2019. Please note that this date is a change to what has been previously advised. 

Candidates who perform well in these examinations will be in invited back to the School for an interview, usually in late January. The interview lasts around 20 minutes and affords us an opportunity to get to know your son beyond his examination results. It is also useful for him 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. Successful candidates will normally have achieved at least Grade 5 standard in one or more instruments. 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.

Specimen papers



  • How long is the average travelling time to and from School?

Boys attend CLS from all over the Greater London area. The majority travel by public transport, the average journey time being about 45 minutes. Some parents have initial misgivings about their sons covering such distances but the boys tend to make light of it, often using the time to their advantage by reading and learning. Moreover, we find that commuting often engenders a sense of independence and confidence in our boys.

  • Does the School accept boys with learning difficulties?

Yes, provided they meet the academic requirements of the School. Parents of a boy who has any special educational needs should disclose this when they register their son 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 boys with special educational needs to work with greater independence and success within the School.

  • Are there any Choral awards?

Yes, Choristers are recruited normally between the ages of 7 and 9 into either the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace or the Temple Church. Once a boy has passed an audition, parents are advised to make contact with the Head of Admissions. Prospective choristers who have successfully auditioned for a choir are invited to sit selection tests at CLS between the ages of 8 and 9, usually when they are in Year 4. A successful performance in these tests results in the offer of a place at 10+ at the School for the September after the boy’s tenth birthday. He may be admitted to the choir when a vacancy occurs. Fees earned during the terms he sings in the choir before joining CLS may be used to finance an equal number of terms at the School after his voice breaks and his choristership ceases.

Full details of how to apply for an audition should be sought from the following people, in the first instance:

The Chapel Royal: Mr Paul Harrison, Director of Music, City of London School (tel. 020 3680 6442; e-mail: ph@cityoflondonschool.org.uk)

The Temple Church: Liz Clarke (tel. 020 7353 8559; e-mail: liz@templechurch.com).

  • How is the pastoral system organised?

At the heart of the pastoral system is the Form Tutor who is responsible for all aspects of a boy’s progress through the School - personal, academic, extra-curricular and social. Tutors are encouraged to contact parents by telephone or e-mail if they are concerned or delighted by any aspect of a boy’s performance, and parents are encouraged to reciprocate. We seek an active dialogue, a partnership where trust has been built up between Tutor and parent. A boy will generally keep the same Tutor for two years, the exceptions being for those in Old Grammar (Year 6) and the Third Form (Year 9). Tutors are supported by a Head of Year and the Deputy Head Pastoral, who has overall responsibility for the pastoral system. All parents of new boys receive a Pastoral Handbook, which explains policies and procedures in greater detail.

  • What links does the School 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 the School with regard to Sport?

The programme aims to provide boys 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 boys are offered an increasing choice of activities as they progress through the School. 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. The School invests heavily in maintaining and adding to its outstanding facilities, both on and off-site, in order to provide every boy with the opportunity to extend his individual sporting potential.


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