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  • Central Foundation Boys' School
    Cowper Street
    City Road
    EC2A 4SH
  • Head: Mr J Brownhill
  • T 020 7253 3741
  • F 020 7336 7295
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.centralfou…
  • A mainstream state school for boys aged from 11 to 18 and girls aged from 16 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Islington
  • Pupils: 780; sixth formers: 176 (24 girls)
  • Religion: None
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 4th February 2015
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 18th November 2010
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • Linked schools: Islington Sixth Form Consortium

What says..

There could hardly be a more unlikely location for a school – smack in the middle of the City. ‘The school even smells of tradition,’ said one dad – and he’s right. Homework in abundance – building up from an hour in year 7 to two hours in year 11 – and woe betide any student who doesn’t hand it in on time. The boys we spoke to were not only enthused about their studies, but able to directly relate them to their futures...

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Head teacher

Since 2010, Jamie Brownhill LLB (40s). Originally a lawyer, he worked as a construction litigator for city law firm Mayer Brown before training as a teacher at CFB in 2000. ‘I wouldn’t have gone to just any school,’ he says. ‘It was very much a sense of vocation and moral purpose that leads one from being a city lawyer to such a challenging environment.’ And lucky for the school that he did make that choice – after just five years at the top he’d completely turned it around.

Extremely visionary and not one for small talk, he is prone to sounding as if he’s permanently giving a speech, making big, sweeping statements (‘One needs to have a vision and follow it through’; ‘There’s a recognition that a head has an...

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Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

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