Welcome to City of London Academy (Southwark). We offer high-quality education in a vibrant, innovative learning environment to students aged 11-18. We provide added focus on Business & Enterprise and Sport, and are one of only 10 schools in England to be awarded Basketball Academy status by Basketball England. We are passionate about helping every student achieve their full potential in a caring, inclusive community. CoLA is sponsored by the City of London, allowing our students to access unique, exciting career opportunities in the heart of the capital.
City of London Academy is high-achieving and oversubscribed. The majority of our students progress to leading universities - including Oxbridge - apprenticeships or employment. Many also go on to prestigious college basketball scholarships in America.
We continue to raise attainment and achievement, boasting academic results significantly above the national average. In 2017, CoLA has achieved its best ever GCE A-level results in its history and matching our best ever GCSE results for the second year running. At A-level, the pass rate remained at 100%, with 79% gaining A*- C.
We celebrated a further 11% increase in last year’s GCSE results, with the best ever results of 38% of students achieving the English Baccalaureate measure and 76% of students secured 5 or more A*-C grades including English and maths. Overall 86% of students received 5 or more GCSEs grade A*-C, with great results in subjects including the essential core areas of Maths, English and Science. Top-achieving students gained between 9 and 14 A*/A grades each and 32% of all grades were A*/A. A significant achievement was also recorded by Pupil Premium students, with 72% achieving 5 or more A*-C, including English and maths.
We also recorded our best results at GCSE, significantly improving on last year and placing in the top 10 per cent of schools nationally for attainment.
We offer a broad, balanced curriculum, with small class sizes ensuring no child is left behind.
But City of London Academy is renowned for being more than just a school; we are dedicated to nurturing every student’s holistic development. We believe every child matters and were awarded the Investors in Careers (gold) for our exceptional work in supporting students’ development.
We are also joint lead school of London South East Maths Hub, part of a national programme dedicated to improving the quality of mathematics education.
We work closely with businesses, the local community and our family of schools to bring educational and social success to all members of our learning community. Our Inclusion Unit retained its Inclusion Quality Mark of Excellence, one of a handful of London schools to achieve this honour.
City of London Academy is entering a new and exciting era, with our purpose-built Sixth Form centre opening at 399 Rotherhithe New Road in September 2017, ready to accommodate 400 students.
This will transform facilities for our students as we embrace the latest technology on a specialist Sixth-Form campus to improve learning, motivation and aspirations.
By joining City of London Academy, students enter a learning environment where aspiration and hard work leads to resourceful, resilient and well-rounded young people.
They will be prepared for the 21st century, ready to thrive in our Academy and in their lives ahead.