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 2022 is now closed.

The Blue Coat School will admit 180 students to Year 7 in September 2022.

Year 5 students and their parents had access to an online Open Evening on Friday 2 July 2021.  Please click on the following links to view short videos which will give you a good insight into the broad aspects of The Blue Coat School. 

The following documents provided guidance when submitting an application.

The Entrance Test will take place on Saturday 25 September 2021.  Further details regarding the arrangements and timings of the entrance test day will be emailed to all applicants before the date of the test.

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 students attended an Options Assembly on 15th November where they received information and signposts to the key information needed to make confident decisions about their next steps.

Please click the following links for further information.

Options Booklet

Courses Booklet


External Applicants

There are a limited number of places available.  Anyone interested in applying for a place in the Sixth Form will be able to find further information here from Thursday 20th January 2022 on how they should email their expression of interest.   

Subject Course Information


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

Our Sixth Form

Our Curriculum


The Blue Coat School will conduct their In Year Entrance Tests for all Year Groups on the following dates:- 

  • 3 November 2021 
  • 1 February 2022 
  • 4 May 2022 

If a vacancy arises the relevant parents on our Waiting List will be contacted and advised of the next available test date.