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 2021 is now open.The Blue Coat School will admit 180 students to Year 7 in September 2021.

Our Open Evening for Year 5 students and their parents was scheduled for Thursday 2nd July 2020, however, it is not possible for this event to take place in the usual format. Please click on the following link to view a short video which will give you a good insight into the broad aspects of The Blue Coat School.


Please read through the following documents before clicking on the application form link below to submit your 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 took place on Wednesday 22nd January 2020.  



Online applications were invited from interested candidates between 23rd January 2020 and 6th February 2020.  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 20th August 2020.


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

Our Sixth Form

Our Curriculum