The Blue Coat School is a mixed selective school for students aged 11 – 18, which converted to Academy status on 1st March 2012. We are over 300 years old so we are rich in tradition, yet we are forward-looking in ideas and technology. Whilst we have a reputation for Academic results, there are many events and activities which make The Blue Coat School experience very exciting and rewarding.


The application and admission procedure for 2019 has now closed.

The Blue Coat School will admit 180 students to Year 7 in September 2019.

Year 5 students and their parents were warmly invited to our Year 7 Open evening on Thursday 5 July 2018.  No booking was required.  Our Open evening provided an excellent opportunity to look around the school and gain a greater insight into life at The Blue Coat School. Staff and students were available throughout the evening to answer any questions visitors had about the school or its curriculum.  Throughout the evening there was an opportunity to hear from the Headteacher, Mr. Pennington about our admissions process.

The following documents provided guidance when submitting an application.

Results for the entrance test were emailed to applicants on 19 October 2018.

The Blue Coat School Sixth Form is the largest in the city, with 350 students studying in our Year 12 and Year 13.

We have great flexibility in our curriculum – there are 18 A level courses to choose from and it is rare that students aren’t able to study the combination they choose.

Internal Applicants

Our Year 11 Options’ Evening took place on Thursday 1st November 2018.  Please follow the links below for option booklet, option form and a guide to sixth form courses.

Please note the closing date for options forms is Thursday 28th March 2019.

External Applicants

Our Sixth Form Information Evening will take place on Tuesday 22nd January 2019 at 6.00pm where you can hear further information including key dates and how to apply.

For your assistance we have arranged the following opportunities:-

    • The Headteacher’s Presentation in Shirley Hall at 6.00pm

The Headteacher will give a brief introduction about the school and share information about the admissions procedure for The Blue Coat School.

    • Subject Sessions from 6.30pm

Visit our different subjects for a short presentation and ask any questions.

Online applications will be available from Wednesday 23rd January 2019. Please note the closing date for applications is Friday 8th February 2019.