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 Blue Coat School consulted about proposed changes to its admissions arrangements for 6 weeks between 4th November to 19th December 2016. The consultation period has now closed.

Interested parties were invited to explore the following documents.

The following document was created and updated with frequently asked questions during this consultation:

Frequently asked questions

The governing body met to determine the schools admission arrangements for 2018 on 30th January 2017.  You can read these in detail by using the following link.

Admissions Policy 2018


Application and Admission procedure for 2018 is now open.
The Blue Coat School will admit 180 students to Year 7 in September 2018

Year 5 students and their parents were warmly invited to our Year 7 Open evening on Thursday 6 July. 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.


Application forms and further information are now available below.

Online Application for Year 7 Entrance Test – September 2018


The Blue Coat School Sixth Form is the largest in the city, with 200 students in our current Year 12 and over 180 in 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.


Our Sixth Form Information Evening took place on Monday 23rd January 2017.


Headteacher Presentation

Sixth Form Information Evening Booklet

A Guide to Sixth Form Courses


You can also read more information about our Sixth Form here.


Our Sixth Form

Our Curriculum


Online applications were invited from interested candidates between 23rd January 2017 and 10th February 2017.

The application window has now closed.

If you still interested in joining The Blue Coat School and your GCSE results meet our minimum requirements please contact us on GCSE Results day Thursday 24th August 2017.