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One of the most popular heads we have encountered. Famously diverse mix of pupils and staff as befits the school's situation in the heart of the city. 'Diversity' is a word you hear a lot here, in numerous contexts. Not least the effect of coalescing people from so huge an area. Likewise, we heard 'exciting' a lot. But perhaps the most exciting aspect of the extracurricular offering is London itself. 'It's one of the reasons I…

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City of London School for Girls is a non-denominational, independent day school and a member of the Girls Schools Association (GSA). The school has acquired an academic pre-eminence, earning its place in the premier league of leading independent schools in the country.

Entrance examination consists of: 7+ written examinations and activity based assessments, 11+ - English and Maths written examination, 16+ - chosen AS subjects written assessment, with interview for Art, Music and DT. ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Classical Greek at an English Independent School (GCSE)

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.



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Since 2014, Ena (pronounced Enna) Harrop BA MA MA MPhil PGCE (40s), a modern linguist, originally from Spain. Her previous incarnations include head of Spanish at Royal Russell and head of modern languages at Royal Grammar, Guildford. She joined City Girls as director of studies in 2010 and - unusually and remarkably - was appointed internally to the headship, clearly to the delight of the entire school. One of the most popular heads we have encountered.

You can, instantly, see why. She is the real deal. Formidably intelligent, chic, softly spoken, charming and beautifully articulate, her credo is the centrality of gender equality and the necessity of the modern world being gender-blind. And, as a head and the mother of three daughters, she lives the dream. Her (teacher) husband took...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

The School has a Special Educational Need Co-ordinator, who deals mainly with those girls who have mild dyslexia or dyspraxia. We have accepted pupils with physical disabilities. There is screening in Year 7 to pick up any problems and girls are referred to the SENCO for further help, study skills and assessment throughout the school.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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