Joining us in Sixth Form

CLS welcomes up to 20 pupils to join our Sixth Form each year. 

We have a strong record of high tier university success. In 2022, 40% of pupils went to global top 10 universities, including 17% who went to Oxford and Cambridge. 95% of our UK destinations were Russell Group or top 10 universities. 9% of pupils went to international universities.

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

Sixth Form courses may be chosen from the following A-Level subjects offered at City of London School:

Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English Literature, History, Geography, Classical Civilisation, Philosophy and Theology, Government & Political Studies, Economics, French, German, Russian, Mandarin, Spanish, Latin, Greek, Art, Drama and Music. All languages are for non-native speakers.

Those in the Sixth Form at CLS study either four A-Level subjects, or three and an EPQ, or an IT&C Qualification.

Mathematics and Further Mathematics are two choices. If you opt for Mathematics and Further Mathematics, you must choose two other Sixth Form subjects as you cannot study Mathematics, Further Mathematics, one other subject and an EPQ qualification. Finally, all pupils will be expected to take part in the Games programme.

Registration for 16+ 2024 is now closed.


Key Dates

For 16+ 2024

Open event for parents and prospective candidates Thursday 21 September 2023

Deadline for applications for entry Friday 6 October

Entrance examination day Wednesday 1 November 2023

Results and invitations to interviews sent out by Friday 10 November 2023

Interviews Late November 2023

Home visits for bursary applicants Late November 2023

Offers sent out by Monday 4 December 2023

Acceptance deadline 9am on Monday 11 December 2023



For Sixth Form entry, a candidate will be aged between 16 and 17, and will have completed Year 11 at their current school.

For 16+ entry in 2024, this will be open to candidates born between 1 September 2007 and 31 August 2008.

All candidates must be registered by the deadline; for Sixth Form entry in 2024, the registration deadline will be Monday 2 October 2023. Registration and payment of the non-refundable registration fee must be completed online.

The minimum requirement for external candidates to gain admission into the Sixth Form is six full course GCSE or IGCSE passes at grade A* or 8/9, to include the chosen or related Sixth Form subjects. In addition, the minimum requirement for English Language and Mathematics is GCSE or IGCSE passes at grade A or 9-7 (unless these subjects are to be studied in Sixth Form, as above). This minimum requirement refers to subjects in which a candidate has received formal tuition at their school from a member of the teaching staff either on or off the timetable. It does not include a foreign language that is a candidate’s home language or native tongue. It does not include GCSE short courses or BTECs.

Registered candidates are invited to a day of assessments at CLS on Wednesday 1 November 2023. They will sit written assessments in three of the subjects they wish to study for A-Level; they will also complete the GL CAT 4 cognitive ability test. Further guidance on the written assessments can be found in this advice sheet.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview later in November.

We will request a reference from the Head of the candidate’s present school shortly after the registration deadline. No offer of a place will be made without a school reference and interview.

Scholarships & Prizes

All pupils joining the Sixth Form will automatically be considered for a Sixth Form Academic Prize. The prize is worth £35 and is awarded on the basis of GCSE or IGCSE. As a guide, Academic Prizes are awarded to a candidate who has achieved a mean grade of 8.75 averaged over their best 9 GCSE results (not short courses) taken in Year 11. We only consider GCSE's taken in Year 10 if they are part of a taught academic programme.

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. Music 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 all instruments is Grade 8. In addition to the £35 award, Music Scholars will also receive the monetary value of free tuition on two instruments at the School.  Music Scholars are encouraged to take music lessons with music teachers at the School, but are welcome to continue with the existing external music 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 perform in ensembles, recitals and concerts, 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. Music Scholars are strongly encouraged to take Music A Level; otherwise, they must present Music as a focus in an EPQ.

Candidates who are awarded a Scholarship or prize may also be eligible for a means-tested bursary (up to the value of 100% of the fees).



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

Pupils 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 children covering such distances but the pupils 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.

  • 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 need should submit all relevant educational psychologists’, medical practitioners’ or specialist teachers’ reports at registration. This information is required in order to make appropriate arrangements during the exams 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.

  • 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 pupil’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 pupil’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. Pupils 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 receive a Pastoral Handbook, which explains policies and procedures in greater detail.

  • How does the House System work?

There are six Houses at CLS, and the pupil’s tutor group from the Third Form onwards determines the House they are in. The House System allows pupils to compete with others in their age group, particularly at sport, and enjoy a sense of loyalty and belonging. It is not part of the formal pastoral system.

  • 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 between the Schools. In the Sixth Form there is the joint City+ programme as well as some joint Higher Education Provision. There are also various 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 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 pupils 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 pupil with the opportunity to extend their individual sporting potential.

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