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      City of London Academy specialises in Business and Enterprise, also known as Information Technology. Prospective students can complete an online Information Technology Aptitude Test that evaluates their aptitude for Information Technology.

      CoLA Southwark allocates up to 24 places (10 per cent of the cohort) each year through this test.

      Information technology aptitude test

      An application form can be downloaded from this page, is included in the school prospectus and can also be collected from the academy reception.

      Please note: All applicants are required to complete their Local Authority Application by the stated deadline.

      We suggest students use the following websites to prepare for their test:


      Banding Test

      Part of the admissions oversubscription criteria for the academy is that prospective pupils sit a Banding Test.

      These are carried out each year in December. Parents / carers are notified of the allocated time for their child’s Banding Test.

      Due to the administrative requirements in organising the Banding Tests, together with information gained from the London borough of Southwark, we are unable to issue results before the deadline for secondary school application. However, we do provide outcomes with the minimum delay.

      How to apply

      All applicants must complete their Local Authority Common Application form by the stated deadline. 

      How to appeal

      Information on how to appeal a decision is available in the guidance document on this page.

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