Joining us at 11+

11+ is our largest intake when we welcome up to 60 boys from primary schools all over London. 

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

To register for 11+ 2020, you can access our online registration system through the red Register button above.

Please note we are not currently accepting registrations for 11+ 2021 and beyond.

Key dates

Key dates for 11+ 2020 entry

Open Events for Parents and Boys Thursday 19 September 2019 and Sunday 22 September 2019

Deadline for bursary applications Friday 8 November 2019

Deadline for full fee applications Friday 15 November 2019

Qualifying computerised reasoning test for bursary applicants Friday 29 November 2019

Entrance Examination Day Monday 13 January 2020

Invitations to interview sent out by Friday 17 January 2020

Interviews for all places, home visits for bursary places, music auditions and sports trials late January/early February 2020

Offers sent out Friday 14 February 2020
Acceptance deadline Tuesday 3 March 2020



A boy’s age is calculated on 1 September in the year of desired entry. For 11+ entry, a boy will be aged between 11 and 12, and will have completed Year 6 at his current school.

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

For 11+ entry in 2020 (for boys born 1 September 2008 to 31 August 2009), the registration deadline is 15 November 2019 for fee paying or scholarship applicants and 8 November 2019 for bursary applicants.

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

Candidates eligible for a bursary must take a qualifying computerised reasoning test prior to the main entrance examinations. If a candidate is unsuccessful in the qualifying computerised reasoning test, he will not be able to proceed to the entrance examinations and the registration fee paid remains non-refundable. Those candidates who are successful in the qualifying computerised reasoning test will then proceed to the entrance examinations in January. The qualifying computerised reasoning test for 11+ entry in 2020 will be held on Friday 29 November 2019.

All registered candidates for full-fee paying or Scholarship places, together with bursary candidates who were successful in the qualifying test and a preliminary financial review, will be invited to sit examinations in English, Mathematics and Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning in the January of their Year 6. For 11+ 2020, the examinations will be held on Monday 13 January 2020.

Candidates who perform well in these examinations will be in invited back to the School for an interview, usually in mid-February. 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. An offer of a bursary is also dependent on satisfying the financial eligibility criteria.



Scholarships are worth £250. Candidates who are awarded a Scholarship may also be eligible for a means tested bursary (up to the value of 100% of fees).

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. 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: Mr Joe McHardy, Director of Music (tel. 020 3680 6444; e-mail: jm@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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