Joining us in Sixth Form

CLS welcomes around 12-15 boys to join our Sixth Form each year. 

We have a strong record of high tier university success. In the past five years, 20% of boys have received offers from Oxford and Cambridge and 90% of boys attend Russell Group 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 Language, English Literature, History, Geography, Classical Civilisation, Philosophy and Theology, Government & Political Studies, Economics, French, German, Russian, Mandarin (Pre-U), Spanish, Latin, Greek, Art, Drama and Music. All languages are for non-native speakers.

Boys in the Sixth Form at CLS study either four A Level subjects, or three and any one of an EPQ, an IT&C Qualification or a Financial Services 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 (EPQ/IT&C/EPQFS). Finally, all students will be expected to take part in the Games programme.

To register for 16+ 2021, you can access our online registration system through the red 'Register' button above.  



For Sixth Form entry, a boy will be aged between 16 and 17, and will have completed Year 11 at his current school. A boy’s age is calculated on 1 September in the year of desired entry and for 16+ entry in 2021, this is open to boys born between 1 September 2004 and 31 August 2005.

All boys must be registered for our entrance examinations by the deadline. For Sixth Form entry in 2021, the registration deadline will be 5 October 2020. 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 subject. 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 his 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 sit three subject-based tests on Sunday 1 November 2020. Guidance on the examinations can be found on this Sixth Form Entrance Test Advice Sheet. Successful applicants are called back for an interview shortly after. Before the assessment, we shall require a reference from the Head of the candidate’s present school. No offer of a place will be made without a school reference and interview.

The subjects offered for testing are from an approved list outlined on the option sheet submitted as part of the registration process. Candidates wishing to study Mathematics in the Sixth Form must sit a paper in this subject and the Admissions Team reserve the right to require certain subjects to be offered for testing depending on the candidate's options.



All pupils joining the Sixth Form will automatically be considered for a Sixth Form Scholarship. A scholarship is worth £250 and is awarded on the basis of GCSE or IGCSE grades. As a guide, scholarships are awarded to a candidate who has achieved a mean grade of 8.5 averaged over their best nine 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, worth £250, 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 8 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, performing in public, and to meet the high standards of musicianship expected by the School; they will also be expected to take Pre-U Music in the Sixth Form (this can be as an extra subject).

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

Key Dates

Key Dates

  • Registration for Sixth Form 2021 opens July 2020
  • Virtual Open Event for Parents and Boys Tuesday 22 September 2020
  • Deadline for applications for entry Monday 5 October 2020
  • Entrance Examination Day Sunday 1 November 2020
  • Invitations to interview sent out by Tuesday 10 November 2020
  • Interviews Mid-November 2020
  • Home visits for bursary places Mid-November 2020
  • Offers sent out Tuesday 1 December 2020
  • Acceptance deadline Tuesday 8 December 2020



  • 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 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 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.

  • How does the House System work?

There are six Houses at CLS, and the boy’s tutor group from the Third Form onwards determines the House he is in. The House System allows boys 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 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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