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 2020 has now closed.
    The Blue Coat School will admit 180 students to Year 7 in September 2020.
    Year 5 students and their parents were warmly invited to our Year 7 Open Evening on Thursday 4 July.  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.

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 Wednesday 6th November 2019 at 6.00pm in Shirley Hall where you got more information and signposts to the key information you need to make confident decisions about the next steps.

During the evening you learnt about the Sixth Form at The Blue Coat School and the curriculum and opportunities available to students who attend our Sixth Form.  The evening also outlined the process and time frame for student applications.

Please follow the links below where you can view the information shared at the evening.


External Applicants

Our Sixth Form Information Evening will take place on Wednesday 22nd January 2020 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 6.00 pm
      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
      The online application form will be available here from Thursday 23rd January 2020.Visit our different subjects for a short presentation and ask any questions.

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 2019 and 6th February 2019.

The application window has now closed.

If you are still interested in joining The Blue Coat School and your GCSE results meet our minimum requirements please contact us on GCSE Results day Thursday 22nd August 2019.