The Liverpool Blue Coat Old Blues’ Association (formerly the Brotherly Society) was founded on 12th February 1838, with the principle objective of assisting, advising and promoting the well-being of the students who attended the Liverpool Blue Coat School.

The Liverpool Blue Coat Old Blues’ Association is a fine example of how The Blue Coat School is a family.  The members of the Association are all former Blue Coat students and when it was initially set up in 1838 the Society provided help, advice and in some cases financial assistance to students for at least two years after they left the school.  This help was of great benefit to Blue Coat students and the care shown had a tremendous influence on the lives and careers of students.

Old Blues Committee Photo Sept 14

Members of the Liverpool Blue Coat Old Blues Association at the September 2014 Quarterly Meeting, joined by former Headteacher Debbie Silcock and Director of Development Cat Gransden (Photo Credit: Frank Irwin)

Since the Second World War there has been less need for such assistance so the Society has turned its efforts towards objects that would benefit the School in general.

The generosity of the Association can be found throughout the Blue Coat School’s history. In 1938, to celebrate the Association’s centenary, the Association provided the oak pews in the chapel. In 1963 the Association provided the stained glass south window of the Chapel to celebrate it’s 125th anniversary, and in 1952 the Old Blues’ Memorial Library was presented in remembrance of the Old Blues who gave their lives in the two World Wars.

Blue Coat Old Blues

Members of the Liverpool Blue Coat Old Blues Association visit Beaumaris, where Blue Coat School students were evacuated to in 1939.


The Liverpool Blue Coat Old Blues’ Association’s President for 2017/18 is Mr Keith Caulkin MBE.  Keith was a student at the School in the late 1950s and early 1960s. In the mid-1970s Keith returned as a teacher at the School and taught physics until 2016. In September 2016 Keith joined the School’s Development Team as a Development Officer, continuing to strengthen ties between the School and the Old Blues’ Association.

The Liverpool Blue Coat Old Blues Association’ Website

The Liverpool Blue Coat Old Blues’ Association has its own website where you can find out more about joining the Society, purchasing merchandise, as well as view an archive of photos. Please click here to visit the website.


You can contact The Liverpool Blue Coat Old Blues’ Association on 01924 511458 or email the Secretary Tony Salmon at