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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
  • 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: 906; sixth formers: 192 (30 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. Even some year 7 boys were able to tell us exactly…

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Religious Studies at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE Short Course)

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2010, Mr Jamie Brownhill LLB (40s). Originally a lawyer, he worked as a construction litigator for city law firm Mayer Brown before deciding to retrain 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 and continues to work tirelessly to keep it on track.

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...

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