Career Support

Our students go places! Vocational students have worked at Google and Montcalm. A Level students have studied at Manchester, Oxbridge and Harvard.

Central Futures is our programme designed to prepare students for their future beyond Central Foundation Boys’ School. Whether that be continuing their studies at university, looking for an apprenticeship or going straight into employment, we aim to help students develop the right qualifications, skills and experiences to be successful.

The Central Futures Team is committed to ensuring pupils and families are prepared if they are pursuing a university post-18 pathway. Please see below our most-up-to-date policy in regards to predicted grades for all UCAS applications.

For details of our careers plan, please see the Central Futures Handbook on this website:

School Overview for Universities and Employers

Central Foundation Boys’ School is an Inner London comprehensive situated in Islington near the Old Street Roundabout. Islington is the eighth most deprived area in the country and the fourth most deprived in London, and this deprivation could present many potential barriers to our students’ academic achievement. Almost three quarters of our students are eligible for the pupil premium, just under two thirds speak English as an additional language, and one in five are disabled or have special educational needs, all of which are well above the national average.


We had 106 leaving Year 13s in 2021, 82 of which went on to study at university an increase up from 67 who went in 2020, and from 68 in 2019 and 63 in 2018. This is the most pupils who have ever gone onto university, which we feel is a success in light of COVID-19 and the great uncertainty our young people faced throughout the pandemic. We sent 51 pupils onto the most selective universities in the country, which is an increase of 12 pupils from 2020 and gets us nearer to our desire to have all of our university leavers go on to one of the most selective universities in the country. 28 of our Year 13s went to Russell Group universities, most notably two of our Year 13s secured places at the University of Oxford with a further one going having left Year 13 the previous year. We are also delighted to report that one of our Year 13s secured a place at Stanford University in California, USA, with a full scholarship.

Among our leaving Year 11s, 72 students progressed into Central Foundations’ Sixth Form and 73 students secured places in other sixth forms, colleges or apprenticeship pathways. 84% of our Year 11s progressed onto a Level 3 course, while 12% progressed onto a Level 2 course and 3% progressed to a Level 1 course. One of our Year 11 leavers was also successful in securing a full scholarship to study A levels at Ashbourne College.

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