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October 1st, 2020


Please see a link to a video introduction to Central Foundation Boys’ School


We welcome prospective parents and students to visit the school on Saturday mornings. The available dates are 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th October. Please email with your preferred date and we will contact you to arrange a visit. The visit will include a talk from the Headteacher and a tour of the school site with the school staff.

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 safety measures, we are not able to offer the tours during a school day and the tours will be limited in size and by appointment only.


Banding test for 2021-22 secondary transfer

All students applying for a place at Central Foundation Boys’ School are required to sit a banding test. Students are placed in one of four ability bands following a standardised assessment to ensure a balanced and mixed ability intake.

The dates of the banding test for the academic year 2021-22 are:

  • Saturday 5th December
  • Saturday 12th December

Applicants will need to attend only one of the above dates and they will be sent a letter with the date and time of the banding test that has been allocated to them.

There is no need to book a place for the above dates of the banding test as the Local Authority will provide the school with the contact details of all applicants by the end of November.


Early banding test dates before the deadline for submitting secondary school preference list

This year, due to the coronavirus situation and the impact it may have had on students’ learning and their circumstances, parents of the secondary transfer applicants applying for a school in the borough of Islington will be able to make changes to the school preference list in their son’s application until the 30th November. As a result of this, if applicants wish to know the outcome of their test before the 30th November, they can book a place for one of the following test dates:

  • Saturday 17th October – results of the banding test will be sent to parents by 31st October
  • Saturday 7th November – results of the banding test will be sent to the parents by 21st November
  • Saturday 21st November – results of the banding test will be sent to the parents by 28th November.

Please note that parents need to book a place only if they would like their son to sit the test on one of the above three dates in October and November. To book a place please email the following details to :

  • Student’s full name
  • Student’s date of birth
  • Student’s address
  • Parent’s name and parent’s contact details.

Parents do not need to do anything if they wish for their son to sit a test in December as the School will by then have the contact details of all secondary transfer applicants.


Applications and admissions

Applications for Central Foundation should be made through the standard unified secondary school application form or you can apply online here. If you do not live in Islington, you can still apply to Central Foundation using your home local authority’s form (ie the council to whom you pay your council tax).

To read our prospectus please click here.

Admissions Policies:

  • Admissions Policy 2020-21 (For in-year admissions)
  • Admissions Policy 2021-22 (For those who will be applying for a place in Year 7 in September 2021)
  • Admissions Policy 2022-2023 (For those who will be applying for a place in Year 7 in September 2022)

    If you have any queries relating to the secondary transfer process, please contact us on or on 0207 253 3741.


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    Please contact us if you have any questions on 020 7253 3741 or email


    Distance boundaries

    The table below shows a break-down of furthest distance (in miles) from the School by which secondary transfer applicants were accepted under the distance criterion in recent years. Please note that this distance changes each year and the statistics should be used only as a guide. The statistics are based on data published on National Offer Day in March and the distance from the School by which applicants were accepted expands as the places are allocated from the waiting list. Please note that in September 2018, the School offered an additional 30 places in Year 7 so the distance from the School by which applicants were accepted expanded. The School also offered an additional 30 places in Year 7 in September 2019, 2020 and 2021.

    September Entry
    Band 11.392
    Band 21.253
    Band 31.073
    Band 41.485

    Please note: There is no supplementary application form for Central Foundation Boys’ School.