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City of London

School for girls

About Us

Our aim at City is to empower young women, champion future thinkers and celebrate the power of difference.

City of London School for Girls is a non-denominational, independent day school for girls aged 7 to 18, based in the heart of the Barbican. 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 current premises in the Barbican in 1969.

The City of London School for Girls is owned by the City of London Corporation. We fully support the City’s theme “The City Together; a Vision for a World Class City” which...

  • Is competitive and promotes opportunity,
  • Supports our communities,
  • Protects, promotes and enhances our environment,
  • Is vibrant and culturally rich,
  • Is safer and stronger.


Our Aims 

Fostering a love of learning

To encourage intellectual enjoyment, risk taking and curiosity, creativity, independence of thought and effective learning habits within a supportive, innovative and ambitious learning community which instils in the girls a lifelong love of learning and debate and prepares them for a fast changing world.

Capitalising on London to offer a broad co-curriculum and  forward-thinking careers education

To offer a wide range of extracurricular opportunities maximising our location at the heart of the City of London, allowing the pupils to develop their sporting, artistic and cultural abilities as well as their life and entrepreneurial  skills and to explore a wide range of careers opportunities.

Respect and care for all

To provide an environment where all members of the school community can flourish and develop into happy, balanced and resilient individuals with positive attitudes to self, health, spiritual and moral issues, respect for others and the environment a strong social conscience.

Embracing the world

To embrace the cultural and social mix in the school and the world around us, to pursue the goal of sustainability, and to serve our local and wider community by further developing educational partnerships with a range of local, national and international partners.

School Values - a City Girl's 3 R’S 


For self, others and environment

  • Respect for self is demonstrated by having aspirations, being pro-active, understanding oneself.
  • Respect for others is demonstrated by tolerance, courtesy, compassion, honesty and humility.
  • Respect for the environment is demonstrated by taking care of possessions, books, furniture and buildings as well as an understanding of sustainability and wider world issues.

For our own independent learning and development, our actions and words

  • Is demonstrated by taking responsibility for our own learning and development, with the support of the school.
  • It is also demonstrated in the way individuals behave towards others in being honest about appropriate/inappropriate behaviour and actions.

Includes courage, creativity and aspiration

  • Is demonstrated by aiming high, having the courage to be individual and to think differently and creatively, and accepting and learning from disappointment.