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School Staff - March 1949

How many can you put names to? 

The First Eight in training - 1954

On the Thames at Putney 

1966 Senior Athletics Team

How many of them are still athletes? 

1976 Biology 6th

They assure us they're pillars of respectability now . . . 

The John Carpenter Club (Old Citizens Association)

The Alumni association of the City of London School  

Year 5, 1995


OC Fives

Wood Plate, 2009 

OC Football Team, October 2010

Following a convincing win over Brentwood. 

OC Reunion

Class of 1976-77-78 

50 Years On

The Class of 1960 in the new School in 2010 

OC Golf Match against the School, June 2011

And the boys won, beating both the Masters and the Old Citizens! 

CLS Woodwind Orchestra 1972

On the stage in the Great Hall 

Rogues' Gallery

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The Gazette 2016

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Dear Old Citizens,

Please see below the letter that has today been sent to parents and Governors regarding the School's recent ISI Inspection.

Upon hearing the news, Lord Levene of Portsoken, one of our most revered Old Citizens and Governor of the School, commented "Very well done – I know how much work was involved at relatively short notice. Many congratulations to you and all your colleagues."


26 May 2017

Dear Old Citizen,

Please click here to view our most recent Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) Report.

The ISI is a body approved by the Department for Education for inspecting independent schools.

The inspection regime for schools changed in 2016. Inspections are now of two types with a three year interval in-between. Regulatory Compliance inspections report on a school’s compliance with the Independent School Standards Regulations. Educational Quality inspections report on pupil achievement and personal development. Ours was the former and therefore does not deal with educational standards except in light touch. The wording is very succinct, limited by the central bank of agreed vocabulary such reports can employ. It is purely factual and registers the standard in each category as having been met or not met. That being said, the compliance standards are very high and the inspection process was thorough and detailed.

I am delighted to let you know that we have met all the standards in full with no recommendations for improvement.

Informal discussion with the Inspectors was very positive. I would like to thank all the parents and boys who responded to the questionnaires. These were full of praise for the School and supportive of all that we have achieved over the past few years. One or two areas were picked out by the Inspectors as worthy of special mention. Staff relationships with pupils were rightly praised as warm and supportive, with staff complimented on their willingness to go out of their way to offer additional help. The boys were praised for being self-critical, articulate and reflective. The Learning Support department was given special mention, as was our provision of Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education (SMSC), which was described as an exemplar of its kind. There was positive praise for the pastoral care we offer and for the achievements of the boys, both their academic progress and the strength of their co-curricular engagement. The Inspectors were very positive about our safeguarding arrangements and about the security of the building. They described the investment we have made in security as money well spent, providing unobtrusive but effective controls.

The Inspection was a thoroughly positive and affirmative process for the School. Staff and boys were deservedly heaped with praise and I would like to thank them all for the manner in which they responded.

With kind regards

The John Carpenter Club

The John Carpenter Club (JCC) is the alumni, or Old Boys’, association for the City of London School. Old Boys from the School are known as Old Citizens – whether they’re aged 18 or 80!

The JCC coordinates all aspects of Old Citizen activity and the President of the JCC represents Old Citizens at School and other official events.

At the beginning of August 2010 we linked our database to our website, creating a members' area, enabling Members to update their contact and other details directly. They can also search for former classmates by name, occupation or the year they left CLS. Members also have access to our archive of photos, including the pictures above, in the Rogues Gallery and videos of Old Citizens Talking about their schooldays and personal experiences.