Central Foundation Girls’ School

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Central Foundation Girls’ School is an inner-city girls’ school in Bow, London, England, for 11- to 18-year-olds.

This Voluntary aided School is one of the oldest schools in London, and has its roots in the City of London. It also has a long history of providing education to the various waves of immigrants who have come to London. It is the sister school to Central Foundation Boys’ School in Islington. Both schools are beneficiaries of the charity Central Foundation Schools of London, which in turn is a beneficiary of The Dulwich Estate, successor to the historic Alleyne’s charity.

This school is situated at 25-33 Bow Road in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and currently has 1498 students on roll.

Our aim of ‘Educating Tomorrow’s Women’ is central to the way we perceive our role.

Challenge’ is a key part of life at Central, coupled with good support our students are challenged to push the boundaries of their achievements; challenged to contribute; challenged to excel.  We expect our students to be role models in all that they do.  Every student at Central Foundation is unique, so valuing and celebrating our diversity is central to the school ethos.


Our vision statement and ethos means that all our girls are empowered to be the best they can be in every area of their lives. We want our students to learn how to find out what is going on in the world, how to have a say and how to make a difference. In order to provide students with real life experiences, we aim to help the school council become more effective. We have also trained students to research aspects of school life and inform the school management of their findings and concerns.  Student Leadership opportunities exist across the curriculum from Year 7 through to the Head Girl and Student Ambassadors in the Sixth Form.


We expect all our students to show respect for the environment and for other people. We expect them to develop courtesy as well as their ability to care for others and to take every opportunity to participate in making the world a better place.

In 2011 Ofsted rated the school good with many outstanding features. The inspectors particularly liked the harmonious community and positive ethos. Students were praised for their courteous and respectful behaviour and keen attitudes to learning. Inspectors also praised the Parents’ Forum and range of classes for parents. Sixth Form students were found to have a sense of self-direction and ambition and received good support and guidance with university applications. The inspectors also praised the Headteacher for her inspirational leadership.