Basic Information & Location
City of London Freemen’s School is a co-educational private school for day and boarding pupils set in 57 acres of Ashtead Park in Surrey, the South-East region of England. There are regular direct services from London Victoria and London Waterloo to Ashtead Station and it is a 20-minute walk from the station to the school. It is one of three independent schools owned by the City of London Corporation, with whom they maintain strong connections.
The school was founded in 1854 and med as The City of London Freemen’s Orphan School in Brixton, London to educate orphans of the freemen of the City. In 1926, the school was moved to the current location and more fee-paying day pupils started to be admitted. Many students admitted are from well-off families. The word “orphan” was soon removed from the school’s me. The school was inspected by the Independent School’s Inspectorate in 2015 and was rated as excellent in many aspects. However, as the admission process of the school is relatively complicated, it is not a popular option among Hong Kong students.
City of London Freemen’s School wants the children to learn, to lead and to make a difference and they try to achieve the goal by nurturing a community of learners and providing relevant opportunities for pupils to expand their horizons. The academic results of their students are outstanding, especially on Mathematics. In 2017, 88% of all GCSE grades are A*-A and 90% of A-Level results have been graded A*-B. 23 students out of 58 got an A* in A-Level Mathematics.
As for destinations, 77% of their graduates gained places at Russell Group Universities as their first choice and 8 of them are going to Cambridge or Oxford Universities. Careers Guidance revolves around application to university and Modern Apprenticeships. The Sixth Form Careers team will help to answer any UCAS query that students might have and there is targeted help for students aspiring to Oxford or Cambridge and for future medics, dentists and vets. In addition, a number of visiting speakers in specific career areas will for lunchtime talks and year group assemblies. Besides, there are a lot of resources in London, such as museums and libraries including the British Museum and Tate Modern. Students can make good use of the resources and to boarden their horizon if they wish to.
Pastoral Care & Boarding
There is only one co-educational boarding house with spaces for 60 students at the school which is opened in 2014. There is a Medical Centre at campus and registered nurses will be on duty. Once a week, a General Practitioner attends the school and boarders can make an appointment if they require one. Boarding is not very common for City of London Freemen’s School. However, the school is close to transportation facilities so international students can explore the city of London during weekends and to feel the British culture. As the school is close to a big city full of attractions, it is more suitable for higher form student with better self-control.
Extracurricular & personal development
There are extensive extra-curricular programme at the school that all students should be able to find an activity to challenge and inspire them. Students have been excelling in rugby. The school is well equipped with different facilities. Students have access to a number of musical rehearsal spaces, and individual tuition rooms. There are modern laboratories and workshops and studios in the Art and Design Centre. For sports facilities, there are two all-weather pitches, tennis courts, cricket nets, athletics facilities as well as a large, multi-purpose Sports Hall.