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City of London schools

The City of London Corporation has one maintained primary school and five sponsored academies in neighbouring boroughs. It also supports three independent schools.

In its pursuit of educational excellence, the City Corporation has drawn these schools together to established a family of schools collectively known as 'the City schools'. These schools are engaged in establishing and sharing a collective ethos based on what will be known as the 'Foundations of the City schools'.

The City schools are committed to:

  • developing partnerships
  • sharing best practice
  • learning from each other
  • exploring opportunities to become more efficient through greater collaboration.

If you are looking for a school for your child, see the school admissions page for more information and support.

Sir John Cass's Foundation Primary School

    Sir John Cass's Foundation Primary School

​The City's only state maintained primary school is Sir John Cass's Foundation Primary School.

The school is one form entry (30 places per year) but for the academic year 2016-2017 it will offer 60 places in Reception.

Judged 'outstanding' by Ofsted in its last inspection, the school serves a diverse community and aims to ensure that every child matters and excels in their personal, social and emotional development. Nationally expected standards are reached and exceeded by a majority of pupils in English, Mathematics and Science and the success of pupils at the school is mirrored by the excellent teamwork between the staff, governors, parents, pupils and community workers.

The Cass Child and Family Centre provides early education and integrated childcare, as well as health and family support services. There is after-school care for children aged six and over.

Admissions arrangements

The school governors of Sir John Cass's Foundation Primary School have determined their admissions arrangements for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Sir John Cass Admissions Policy (215KB)

Supplementary Information Form (SIF) (181KB)

For more information, please contact:

Clerk to the Governors
Sir John Cass's Foundation Primary School
St James' Passage
Duke's Place

Tel: (Primary School) 020 7283 1147
Tel: (Cass Child and Family Centre) 020 7626 6315

For more information visit the Sir John Cass's Foundation Primary School website.

Summer term 2017

  • New term starts Monday 24 April 2017
  • Half term: Monday 29 May 2017 - Friday 2 June 2017
  • Term finishes Friday 21 July 2017 at 1:30 pm


City of London Secondary Academies

    City Academy Hackney

The City of London sponsors three secondary ​academies.

The City Academy Hackney 

The City Academy Hackney is an outstanding school and sixth form for boys and girls ages 11-18 years. The City of London Corporation is a joint sponsor of the school which has contemporary facilities and creative teaching methods. Students can learn in an enjoyable environment and excel academically as well as personally. The Academy is for students of all abilities and all faiths or none. is an outstanding school and sixth form for boys and girls ages 11-18 years. The City of London Corporation is a joint sponsor of the school which has contemporary facilities and creative teaching methods. Students can learn in an enjoyable environment and excel academically as well as personally. The Academy is for students of all abilities and all faiths or none.

Contact details

Executive Principal: Mark Malcolm
The City Academy Hackney
Homerton Row
London E9 6EB

Tel: 020 8525 5440

The City of London Academy, Islington

 The City of London Academy, Islington  is a school and sixth form for boys and girls ages 11-19 years. Sponsored jointly by the City of London Corporation and City University, London it was judged good by Ofsted in November 2012. It opened in 2008 as an Academy and moved into a purpose built, state-of-the-art buildings in 2010. The academy provides a high quality education for young people in a secure, supportive environment, raising their aspirations and standards of educational achievement, and building positive partnerships with local people and organisations.

Contact details

Principal: Clare Verga
Prebend Street
London N1 8PQ

T: 020 7226 8611

The City of London Academy, Southwark

The City of London Academy Southwark was the first new city academy to be built in the country, moving into its new buildings in September 2005. It is sponsored by the City of London Corporation and has specialisms in business and enterprise, and sport. The academy provides for a range of special educational needs and disabilities, including specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and hearing impairment. It also has a specialist hearing impairment unit.  

The academy has gained Healthy School status and its work in sport, careers and developing international educational partnerships has also been recognised through external validations. It was rated 'Good' in its last Ofsted inspection with good capacity for sustained improvement.

Contact details

Principal: Richard Bannister
240 Lynton Road
London SE1 5RB

Tel: 020 7394 5100

City of London Primary Academies

​The City of London sponsors one primary academy and is planning to open two more.

Redriff Primary City of London Academy

A two-form entry primary school partnered with the City of London Academy, Southwark. Redriff was judged outstanding by Ofsted in its last inspection, and aims to help children become aspirational, adventurous, individual, enlightened and compassionate.

Contact details

Redriff Primary School
Salter Road
London SE16 5LQ

Tel: 0207 2374272

The City of London Primary Academy Islington

The City of London has been successful in its application to open this new primary school, to be housed in a brand new building in the EC1 area of south Islington. A two-form entry school, it will open in September 2017 with an initial intake of 60 Reception students, reaching its full complement of 420 students by 2024, including those with special needs.

The school will increase parental choice in an area where there is a need for additional primary school places.

Like all City of London schools the new academy will benefit from the City’s strong links with business and will aim to instil qualities such as independence, creativity and financial literacy. Children will be given opportunities to explore the world around them, learn new skills, and understand the communities in which they live.

Galleywall Primary School

Galleywall Primary School will be a new City of London Primary Academy in Southwark, located on Galleywall Road in Bermondsey. The newly built two-form entry school will open in September 2016 with an initial intake of 60 Reception students. It will reach its full complement of 420 students by 2023.

The City of London's application to establish the school has been approved. Created in partnership with Southwark Council, the academy will be an inclusive, non-denominational school in an area where there is a pressing and increasing need for additional places.

Independent schools

​An independent school is a school which is mainly fee paying and not dependent upon national or local government for financing.

City of London School

The City of London School is an independent day school for boys aged 10 to 18 with a history of achievement that dates back to the 15th century. The School has a unique location at the very heart of the city below St Paul's Cathedral, maintaining and nurture strong relationships with the City itself and with the business community that surrounds it. The School offers exceptional sporting facilities and fields teams in regional and national finals across a range of sports. The music department is second to none and there is a very wide variety of other extra-curricular activities. More than 90% of our students regularly gain A and B grades at A Level, with a high proportion going on to study at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge while 10% go on to medical schools.

City of London School for Girls

The City of London School for Girls is a non-denominational, independent day school, for girls aged 7 to 18, based in the London Square Mile. The School was established by the Corporation of the City of London with money from a bequest from William Ward of Brixton to provide education for girls that "would correspond, as near as may be, to the City of London School". The school opened in Carmelite Street in 1894 and moved to the present premises in the Barbican in 1969. In its last Independent Schools Inspectorate report it describes the school as, "The curriculum provides an outstanding educational experience for the pupils throughout the school. It is well supported by a good range of extra-curricular activities in the prep school and an outstanding range in the senior school, which enable pupils to enrich their educational experience".

City of London Freemen's School

Nearly a 160 years old, the City of London Freemen's School is an independent, co-educational day and boarding school for boys and girls with around 850 pupils aged 7-18.The City of London Freemen's School has a proud history of academic success alongside the development of creative, musical, sporting and dramatic talents.

The Guildhall School of Music and Drama

The School moved to its present premises in the heart of the City of London's Barbican in 1977 and continues to be owned, funded and administered by the City of London. The Guildhall School of Music and Drama is one of the world's leading conservatoires and drama schools, offering musicians, actors, stage managers and theatre technicians an inspiring environment in which to develop as artists and professionals. The School is a global leader of creative and professional practice and promotes innovation, experiment and research. With over 800 students in higher education, drawn from nearly 60 countries around the world, the School is also the UK's leading provider of specialist music training at the under-18 level with nearly 2,500 students in Junior Guildhall and the Centre for Young Musicians.