Welcome to The Blue Coat School website.  Blue Coat is a selective state school which for over 300 years has played a vital role in shaping the lives of Liverpool boys and girls. We are proud to provide a free education which ensures our students aspire to and realise their academic potential whilst developing the skills and values they need for life’s journey. 


Founded originally as a refuge for the city’s poor, The Blue Coat School has blossomed into a school that achieves the highest academic standards for which it is renowned across the city, the North West and nationally. Today, as Liverpool’s only grammar school we are rich in diversity. Our students come from all backgrounds and they enjoy, value and celebrate their differences and individuality. At Blue Coat, it is not just OK to be different, it’s great to be different.

We invite you to explore our website and learn more about life at Blue Coat. We are extremely proud of our history, our heritage and our ability to respond positively to change. Informed by the past, we maintain a modern outlook in all that we do today. You can find out more about the curriculum, care and opportunities our students are keen to make the most of today.

We welcome 180 students into Year 7 through our admissions process. After their GCSE’s, the vast majority of our Year 11 students enjoy Sixth Form study at Blue Coat where they are joined by new applicants to the Sixth Form from many local schools. The school’s history, reputation and provision make it an extremely popular choice where Year 7 and Year 12 applicants thrive.

Our students’ outcomes speak for themselves. In 2019, over half of our GCSE grades were Grade 8 or above and over three-quarters where Grade 7 and above.  At A Level, nearly two-thirds of grades were Grade A or above and over three quarters were Grade B or above.

Beyond our outstanding academic education, we provide our students with the means to be successful and fulfilled. We develop them into active and responsible citizens who make a positive and valuable contribution to the wider community. We pride ourselves not only on the provision we offer but the impact it has on our students and this was recognised by Ofsted in 2012 when they judged Blue Coat to be outstanding in all areas.

I hope you enjoy finding out more about the school on our website. I know you will see that our school community is strengthened by the efforts of all of our students and teachers who work incredibly well together and very closely with our Parents Association and friends of the School to make The Blue Coat School the very best educational experience it can be.

Mr M A Pennington
Headteacher