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City of London schools

The City of London Corporation has one maintained primary school, eight sponsored academies as part of the City of London Academies Trust, and two co-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, collectively known as 'the City of London Family of 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

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    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).

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 2019-2020 academic year.

For more information, please contact:

Clerk to the Governors
Sir John Cass's Foundation Primary School
St James' Passage
Duke's Place
London EC3A 5DE

(Primary School) 020 7283 1147
office@sirjohncassprimary.org

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

City of London Academies Trust

​The City of London Academies Trust (COLAT) is driven by the ambition to provide world-class experiences and deliver exceptional educational outcomes for the young people it serves.

Combining the heritage and tradition of the Corporation of London with an innovative and enterprising approach to teaching and learning, the Trust aims to ensure that each of its schools can be judged as ‘outstanding’ within three years of joining.

Students are taught in an environment that promotes academic, creative, sporting, linguistic and personal achievement. All Trust academies draw upon the traditions, institutions, heritage and historical successes of London to furnish each of their diverse communities with life-transforming learning experiences. In doing so, we believe that our young people will develop into successful, compassionate young adults who make a positive contribution to their local, national and global communities.

The Trust is currently made up of eight schools (three primary, four secondary and one sixth form centre) across Hackney, Islington, Southwark and Newham.

Academies within the City of London Academies Trust

For information on Oftsed reports, examination results and admissions, please visit the Trust schools’ websites as detailed below, or visit the Trust website, www.cola.org.uk .

Galleywall Primary, City of London Academy

Galleywall is a newly-built, two form entry school in Bermondsey which opened in September 2016 with an initial intake of 60 Reception pupils. It will reach its full complement of 420 pupils by 2023. The academy is an inclusive, non-denominational school in an area where there is a pressing and increasing need for additional places.

Contact

Galleywall Primary, City of London Academy
Galleywall Road
London SE16 3PB

020 7252 3494
enquiries@galleywall.co.uk
www.cityacademyprimary.co.uk


Redriff Primary, City of London Academy

A two-form entry primary school, Redriff was judged ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in its latest inspection, and aims to help children become aspirational, adventurous, individual, enlightened and compassionate.

Contact

Redriff Primary, City of London Academy
Salter Road, Rotherhithe
London SE16 5LQ

020 7237 4272
office@redriff.southwark.sch.uk
www.redriff.southwark.sch.uk


City of London Primary Academy Islington

City of London Primary Academy Islington opened in September 2017 with its first intake of Reception pupils. The school will be in temporary accommodation until July 2020 whilst the permanent school is built on the old Richard Cloudesley School site, to the north of the Golden Lane Estate. COLPAI is a non-selective, fully inclusive school where pupils are drawn from and reflect the local community.

Contact

City of London Primary Academy Islington
c/o Moreland Primary School
Moreland Street
London EC1V 8BB

020 7504 0556
office@islingtonprimary.cola.org.uk
www.colpai.org.uk


City of London Academy Southwark

City of London Academy Southwark is a vibrant and innovative school in the heart of Bermondsey and was the first academy to be opened by the City of London Corporation. Passionate about raising aspirations and supporting each student to achieve their potential, the academy provides a high-quality education with an added focus on Business & Enterprise and Sport to students aged 11-18. The school offers a broad and balanced curriculum, with small class sizes tailored to students’ needs.

Contact

City of London Academy Southwark
240 Lynton Road
London SE1 5LA

020 7394 5100
info@cityacademy.co.uk
www.cityacademy.co.uk


City of London Academy Highgate Hill

The City of London Academy Highgate Hill opened in September 2017 on the site of Mount Carmel Catholic Girls’ College in the north of Islington. The school is non-selective, non-denominational, and offers places to both boys and girls.

The model for the academy’s curriculum replicates that of the very successful City of London Academy Islington, and the student cohort is of a similar profile and prior attainment. The academy’s first exam results since joining the Trust showed a 10% increase in the number of students achieving grade 5+ in both English and maths, and students achieved a 98% pass rate overall.

Contact

City of London Academy Highgate Hill
Holland Walk
Duncombe Road, Archway
London N19 3EU

020 7281 3536
enquiries@highgatehill.cola.org.uk
www.highgatehill.cola.org.uk


City of London Academy Shoreditch Park

The City of London Academy Shoreditch Park is a brand new secondary academy which opened in September 2017. It is currently based in a purpose-built modular building, and will be for three years, before moving to its permanent home in a new building in Shoreditch Park.

The nature, ethos and approach, the school is modelled on The City Academy, Hackney, an ‘outstanding’ academy which is renowned for achieving world class standards for its students. The Trust intends to establish City of London Academy Shoreditch Park as a centre of excellence for secondary education in Hackney.

Contact

City of London Academy Shoreditch Park
Audrey Street
London E2 8QH

020 3011 2162
enquiries@shoreditch.cola.org.uk
www.shoreditch.cola.org.uk


City of London Academy Highbury Grove

City of London Academy Highbury Grove joined the Trust in December 2017. The academy is non-selective, non-denominational, free to attend and open to both boys and girls. The Trust aims to build on the school’s inspiring creative and musical offering (under its previous name, Highbury Grove School) by providing access to outstanding education, and cultural and learning opportunities in partnership with major City of London Corporation institutions.

Contact

City of London Academy Highbury Grove
8 Highbury Grove
London N5 2EQ

020 7288 8900
admin@highburygrove.cola.org.uk
www.highburygrove.cola.org.uk


Newham Collegiate Sixth Form, City of London Academy

Newham Collegiate Sixth Form (NCS) in East Ham joined the Trust in January 2018. The NCS is the academic A level centre for a group of Newham schools including Cumberland, Kingsford, Lister, Little Ilford, Plashet, Rokeby, Royal Docks, Sarah Bonnell and Stratford School Academy. It also takes students from other secondary schools in the borough and surrounding areas. The school is also in partnership with University College London, providing opportunities to both students and staff.

The NCS has gone from strength to strength and has seen outstanding success in its A level results in 2018, with 99% of students achieving A*-C grades, 90% achieving A*-B grades, and nine students securing places at Oxbridge.

Contact

Newham Collegiate Sixth Form, City of London Academy
326 Barking Road
London E6 2BB

020 3373 5000
enquiries@ncs6.org
www.thencs.co.uk

Co-sponsored 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

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

020 8525 5440
admin@thecityacademy.org

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

Principal: Clare Verga
Prebend Street
London N1 8PQ

020 7226 8611
info@cityacademyislington.org.uk

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 & 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.


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