The Blue Coat School
Birmingham, United Kingdom
About The Blue Coat School
For well-nigh 300 years, The Blue Coat School, Birmingham, has been refining and evolving the quality of its education. It combines a rigorous, cutting-edge approach to learning with an extraordinary variety of extra-curricular activities; it offers exemplary pastoral support in an environment that encourages our children to grow in understanding.
With facilities that rival many a senior school, pupils have the perfect resources for limitless learning. As a Prep School, Blue Coat’s sporting facilities are unrivalled. The addition of an all-weather Astro pitch, cricket nets and two new gym studios have raised the bar even further - BCS Sport is going from strength to strength! We enter many national competitions and have achieved notable success including setting records at the English Schools Swimming Association Finals. A wide-ranging extra-curricular programme is enhanced by partnerships with local clubs including, Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club, Aston Villa Football Club, City of Birmingham Swimming, Edgbaston Kestrels Hockey Academy, Edgbaston Priory Club and Edgbaston Golf Club.
In Prep, the children join one of our four Prep Houses. Unique to Blue Coat, these former boarding houses now offer a ‘home from home’ at the start and end of each day, the children can play games, enjoy a movie night, relax and have lots of fun. Inter-house competitions such as the House Shout, House Mastermind and House Matches are keenly fought!
The standard of musicianship at Blue Coat is simply breath-taking! Morning Recitals, BCS Young Musician of the Year and other termly concerts offer performance opportunities for our children. Many aspire to audition for the Chapel Choir which sings at weekly chapel services and joins with the Choral Society and Birmingham Cathedral Choir at special events throughout the year. Through Ensembles and Music Groups such as Fiddlesticks, Jazz Band, Percussion Group and Flute Ensemble, the children experience playing with their peers and this in turn raises their cognitive skills and improves them as players. The Music Department is supported by a team of Visiting Music Teachers who teach over 300 individual music lessons each week.
Thanks to a blend of brilliant teaching, genuine care and joint endeavour, our pupils leave us ready to make their mark in a thousand different fields. Each year we celebrate outstanding success in the senior school examinations with many pupils in receipt of scholarship awards not just in the academic field, but also for music, sport and the performing arts.
“Blue Coat has always had a real sense of family. It is not a small school, but it feels like one.”- Blue Coat Parent
“It is hard to think of a boy or girl who will not find something in this rich educational environment that will set them on a path of engagement, adventure and high aspiration.- Good Schools Guide
“I feel very much at home at Blue Coat and can't imagine a happier place to be at school.”- James S (pupil)
“Pupils of all ages and abilities make excellent progress overall…(and their) attitudes to learning are outstanding.”- Independent Schools Inspectorate