CLS opens its doors
Thursday 19 and Sunday 22 September saw City of London School open its doors to the next generation of parents and pupils, as the yearly Open Days began. The pupils led informative tours of the building for over two thousand visitors while also providing a real taste of life at CLS.
Visitors could drop in on a rehearsal of the Upper School production of Pink Mist, watch countless exciting science experiments and enjoy the novel excitement of the CCF. Although not every chemistry lesson involves the teacher holding a bulge of burning methane bubbles, it does go to show that enjoying your subjects and being able to participate in them makes school inherently more interesting.
Visitors had a chance to talk to the staff in all academic departments, and, more importantly, the boys themselves about their time at CLS – thoroughly interrogating them about every aspect of School life. Photos of pupils having fun does wonders, showing off the huge variety of activities and clubs available at CLS, but a truthful and detailed account from a pupil can do a much better job in persuading a worried parent to send their 10-year-old to our School.
During his talks to prospective parents, Mr Bird, highlighted the excellent exam results from last summer, as well as reflecting on his top fifteen most memorable instants from the past academic year. Crucially, he highlighted the three values which lie at the core of what CLS is as a School. He outlined the “three priorities which define what we seek to provide at the heart of every boy’s education…three things that we also ask all City pupils to ascribe to themselves.” He explained that being Kind, Aware and Ready are central to City’s educational philosophy. He concluded with a description of his own experiences as a “secret shopper” at Open Day two years ago, before handing the floor to a panel of pupils, ready to take questions from the guests.
There were some very kind comments from our visitors, who praised "such approachable, diverse, grounded, articulate, sincere and confident young individuals.” Another remarked: “I loved the fact that you let us see the pupils rehearsing and learning, rather than just performing.” An enormous thank you must go to every boy who participated in the Open Days, and to those who took the time to visit us. We hope to see you again at City of London School in the future.
Visitors had a chance to talk to the staff in all academic departments, and, more importantly, the boys themselves.