We realise that travelling to City may be one of the main worries for families applying here.
At City, we try to ensure that the journey to school is stress-free for all involved!
TRAVEL BUDDY SYSTEM
This is for girls entering Year 7 who use public transport to get to school. You let us know which tube/bus/rail stop you will be coming from in the Spring term before you join and we then link you up with older, current girls who will be travelling from the same area on the same route. Your travel buddy will then get in touch with you over before the summer. Some travel buddies meet up for a practice journey in the holidays. It is a great way to get to know other girls in different years, and will provide you with a friendly face who knows all the shortcuts and alternative routes!
CLASSES/HOUSES ARRANGED BY POSTCODE
For girls entering Year 3 and 7, the classes and houses are arranged principally by postcode so that you will be with girls who live and travel from a similar area. We hope this will help you to settle in well and to make good friends who live nearby.
For girls entering Year 3 and 7, several coach services operate for travel to and from school. These services are organised by parents rather than directly by the school.
We are of course aware that there will sometimes be disruption or strike action which results in a difficult journey to school. Please do not worry about this as we are certainly used to it! Communication is sent out to parents if we know strike action is planned (we may send girls home slightly earlier if there is a full tube strike, for example, so that they avoid the rush hour chaos). Our receptionist also checks the TfL updates each morning so that we know if there is disruption and can warn the form tutors that some girls will be late to school.
WIDE CATCHMENT AREA
The girls at City come from all over London, and there are girls in each year group from North, South, East and West London. Our catchment area will also increase in the coming years with the introduction of the Crossrail routes. The map below should give you a good idea of the wide ranging locations of our current girls.