The Blue Coat School has a variety of clubs and societies which engage students and give them opportunities to discover new interest or explore concepts outside of the curriculum.

A member of staff is responsible for each activity but we encourage students themsevles to generate the ideas and drive to make each society successful.

    Art Club
    Tuesday 12.30 - 1.30 Year 7 Mrs Watson and Prefects
    Led by a group of Art prefects, Art Club will provide an opportunity for a range of arts and crafts projects which would not be possible within lessons.
    Ancient Greek
    Year 2: GCSE Class Monday12.30 - 13.30C14Years 10 - 11Dr Lawell and
    Latin Prefects
    Year 3: GCSE Class Final Preparation Tuesday12.30 - 13.30 C14Years 12Dr Lawell
    This three year course seeks to bring students from complete beginners to GCSE standard in three years or less.
    Year 8 Apprentice Challenge
    Thursday 12.35 - 13.25 E01Year 8Miss Hutchings and Year 11 Business Leaders
    Year 11 students plan, prepare and deliver sessions to Year 8 students. Participants compete in Apprentice style challenges and tasks in their chosen teams while developing their Business Studies knowledge.
    Points accumulate on the leader board and prizes will be awarded to the winning teams in March.
    Chess Club
    Monday, Friday12.30 -13.30W09Experienced playersMiss Long, Mr Free and Mr Henderson
    Tuesday 12.30 -13.30W08All welcomeMiss Long, Mr Free and Mr Henderson
    Chess Club is open to all students and members of staff. Whether you want to just play against your friends, compete in tournaments or develop your skills, everyone is welcome to come along and join in. You don’t need to be a Grand Master, just so long as you want to learn! We hold frequent Kahoots, tournaments and puzzle competitions so there is something for every type of player.
    Students from Year 8 to 11 are welcome to try out to be in the school’s Chess Team. As registration happens in August, Year 7s cannot compete in the team however any Year 7 student interested in putting themselves forward in the future should make sure that they regularly attend Chess Club and speak to any member of staff about registering later in the year.
    Computer Club
    Wednesday 12:45 - 13.30 S02Year 7 - Year 13Mr Burgess
    Students will have an opportunity to develop hardware solutions with use Lego Mindstorms. These kits have been purchased thanks to support from the Development Fund and the Parents’ Association.
    Throughout the year students will participate in a number of competitions.
    Computer club is also using Raspberry Pi with the hope of regaining a national competition won by the school in 2015.
    There will also be an opportunity for students to get help with their computing homework.
    For the past three years the DofE Organisation have been working very closely with The Blue Coat School to enable the school to reintroduce the award to students.  During that time we have seen 388 students participate in Bronze Award and 191 students participate in Silver Award.  As a result of the success of the award are pleased to announce we are now offering for the very first time, Gold Award to year 12 students.
    As a result of the school’s commitment to the DofE Award, Mrs Heath was invited to attend Buckingham Palace to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.  At the ceremony Mrs Heath was presented with a plaque by David Seaman as a thank you for the school operating as a Licensed Organisation and giving students the opportunity to participate in the award.

Buckingham PalaceForthcoming dates:

Yr9 Bronze

  • In-School Theory Training – Saturday 19th / Sunday 20th January 2019
  • Group 1 Practice Expedition – Saturday 23rd March to Sunday 24th March 2019
  • Group 1 Qualifying Expedition – Saturday 30th March to Sunday 31st March 2019
  • Group 2 Practice Expedition – Saturday 27th April to Sunday 28th April 2019
  • Group 2 Qualifying Expedition – Saturday 11th May to Sunday 12th May 2019

Yr10 Silver

  • In-School Theory Training – Saturday 2nd February 2019
  • Practice Expedition – Friday 28th June to Sunday 30th June 2019
  • Qualifying Expedition – Friday 5th July to Sunday 7th July 2019

Yr12 Gold

  • Theory Training – taking place during school day – please see Miss Baker for groups
  • Practice Expedition – Friday 24th May to Sunday 26th May 2019
  • Qualifying Expedition – Thursday 11th July to Sunday 14th July 2019


    Good luck to our students on the expeditions.


    Please visit the DofE website for further information on the Award.


    Economics Society
    Tuesday 12.55 - 13.30E01Year 11 - Year 13Mr Watkins and Economics Prefects
    Students engage in contemporary debates and discussions about economics.
    Members of the society also have an opportunity to take part in the Student Investment Challenge, a competition open to all schools and which aids participants knowledge of the Economy and share price fluctuation.
    Guest speakers are regularly invited to attend, including Old Blues studying Economics at University and those who have entered the finance sector to discuss key topic areas within Economics.
    Exam skills assistance is also provided on a regular occasion.
    English Club
    Monday 12.30 - 13.30W05 Year 12 and Year 13Mr Kershaw and Year 13 Prefects
    Taking place on a half-termly basis this meeting is organised by Key Stage 5 English students, who meet to discuss their wider reading and love of literature and language.
    History Film Society
    Thursday (Fortnightly)15.45 - 17.45C21Year 11 - Year 13Mr Pearson and Year 13 Prefects
    All films are relevant to an aspect of the curriculum that is being taught in School. Students are directed towards films that will develop their knowledge and understanding without intruding on lesson time. Students are also encouraged to to write reviews following each screening.
    Italian Club
    Tuesday 12.30 - 13.30C14Year 7 - Year 13Dr Lawell
    Italian Club provides students with a basic introduction to the Italian language and an insight into aspects of Italian culture, including cinema, music, food and history.
    Junior History Society
    Monday12.30 - 13.30 C21Year 7-11Students and History and Politics prefects
    Led by students and overseen by History and Politics prefects, members of the Junior History Society compose the agenda and decide what will be discussed.
    Members also have an opportunity to deliver a short presentation on their favourite aspect of History.
    Music Extra-Curricular Activities
    Monday12.45 - 13.25Senior OrchestraN18 Mr Emery
    12.30 - 13.05Concert Band N18 Miss Horton
    15.35 - 16.45Brass Group N18Mr Thelwell
    Tuesday 12.45 - 13.25Senior String Ensemble N18Dr Paiano
    Wednesday 12.45 - 13.25Intermediate String Ensemble N18
    Thursday 15.35 - 16.45Senior Choir N18Mr Emery
    Friday 12.45 - 13.25Intermediate Choir (Year 7 and Year 8)N17
    12.45 - 13.25Jazz Band N18Miss Horton
    Students who have achieved Grade 3 and above on any instrument are invited to join the School’s Concert Band, (not for strings/piano).
    Jazz Band is open to students who have achieved Grade 4 and above on any instrument, (not for strings but does include guitar).
    Concert and Jazz Bands are involved in whole School activities including School concerts, show bands and various other important events within and outside the School.
    Lunchtime groups. Please bring a packed lunch.
    Physics Society
    Friday 12.30 - 13.30 NO3 Year 12 and Year 13 Mr Doherty
    “It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong “– Richard P. Feynman
    Psychology Society
    *2 sessions each half-term
    12.30 - 13.30W10Year 11Ms Murphy and Year 13 prefects
    This club provides students with an introduction to psychology, with presentations delivered by Year 13 students.
    Spanish Debating Society
    Wednesday 13.00 - 13.30W13Year 12 and Year 13Mr Adamson
    Sixth Form students are invited to debate topics of the day, not necessarily from the exam specification.

    Tuesday 12.30 - 13.30Year 7
    Tuesday 15.30 - 17.00 Year 8
    Wednesday 12.30 - 13.30Year 9 and
    under 18s
    Friday12.30 - 13.30Under 16s
    Friday 15.30 - 17.00Under 14s


Monday 15:30 - 17.00 Under 12s and under 13s
Wednesday 15:30 - 17.00 Under 15s
    Monday 12:30 - 13.30 Year 7 and Year 8 Sports Hall
    Monday 15:30 - 17.00 All Years Yard /
    Sports Hall
    Wednesday 15:30 - 17.00 Netball Games Sports Hall
    Thursday 12.30 - 13.30Year 9 - Year 13Sports Hall


Tuesday 12:30 - 13.30 Year 7 and Year 8Astro Turf
Wednesday 12:30 - 13.30 Year 9 - Year 11Astro Turf
Thursday 15.30 - 17.00Hockey Games Astro Turf


Dance Club
Wednesday 12:30 - 13.30 All Years Dance Studio
    To create an enjoyable and productive working environment for both staff and pupils, where we strive to actively engage to learn and improve and where pupils develop physical, social and mental well-being through a Balanced Active Healthy Lifestyle.
    As a department, we aim to provide a challenging, disciplined and safe environment for high quality extra curricular activities. Students should experience a range of activities which have the necessary coherence and breadth to promote the importance of educating through the physical the holistic benefits of continued participation in physical activity.
    Through a high quality Physical Education curriculum, each student will be empowered with the knowledge, skills and understanding to make informed lifestyle choices that directly impacts upon his/her health and well-being.
    Textiles Club
    Wednesday 12.30 - 13.30E01Year 7 and Year 8 Mrs Marques-Neves
    Textiles club provides students with an opportunity to build on previous skills or learn a new skill. Students can also catch up on work or learn to make a new product. Skills include, knitting, crochet, hand sewing, machine sewing, pattern cutting and embroidery/embellishment.
    Ukulele Club
    12.30 - 13.30W02Year 7 - Year 13Mrs MacKenzie
    Beginners and experienced players are welcome to join this club.

    Biology Clinic
    12.30 - 13.25N14 Year 12 and Year 13Mrs Bruce
    Targeted intervention and support by Biology prefects for selected Year 12 students.
    A quiet work space and teacher support for all year 12 and year 13 Biology students.
    Students should identify their own areas of difficulty and bring prepared work/homework to complete in the sessions. Support is available when needed.
    Chemistry Clinic
    Monday, Thursday 12.30 - 13.30 Year 12 and Year 13N11Mrs Maskell
    Students can come along and work, get help with difficulties or ask about points of interest in Chemistry.

    Design and Technology Support
    Thursday 12.30 - 13.30 and 15.30 - 16.30 W20 and N4Year 11Miss Aldred and Mr Ainsworth
    This weekly session provides Year 11 students with an opportunity to catch up on controlled assessment work under the supervision of a member of staff.
    Tuesday 12.30 - 13.00W14Year 7 - Year 13Mr Adamson
    Wednesday 12.30 - 13.00W14Year 7 - Year 13 Mr Adamson
    Drop in help sessions for all year groups
    Senior Prefect Peer Mentoring
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12.30 - 13.30W03Year 7 - Year 8Mrs Lewis
    Tuesday, Thursday 12.30 - 13.30W03Year 9 - Year 11Mrs Lewis
    Drop in support sessions provided by Sixth Form mentors for any student in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 wanting help, advice or guidance on either academic or pastoral issues. Students may use these sessions to talk to one of the peer mentors about any concern they have from friendship issues to school work and organisation.
    Monday, Thursday, Friday 12.30 - 13.30Art Rooms All Years Mr Cain, Mrs Watson, Mr Owens, Mr Murphy
    Tuesday 3.30 - 5.00 Art Rooms All Years Mr Cain, Mrs Watson, Mr Owens, Mr Murphy
    Extra-curricular access and teacher support within Art.
    Religious Studies
    Thursday 12.30 - 13.30W02Year 11Mrs Treharne
    Exam support and revision are available during this weekly session.

    Monday Tuesday WednesdayThursday Friday
    Ancient Greek Year 2Ancient Greek Year 3Basketball Year 9 / under 18sBusiness Studies LeadersBasketball under 16s
    Subject Support Chemistry Art Club Chemistry Homework Club Concert Band Intermediate Choir (Year 7 and Year 8)
    Drama Club Basketball Year 7Computer ClubNetball Year 9 - Year 11 Jazz Band
    English Club Chess Club Intermediate String Ensemble Subject Support BiologySpanish Debate Club
    Junior History SocietyEconomics Society Psychology SocietySubject Support Chemistry
    Netball Year 7 and Year 8Hockey Year 7 and Year 8Ukulele ClubSubject Support Design and Technology
    Senior OrchestraItalian Club
    Senior String Ensemble
    Subject Support Biology
    Textiles Club

    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    Brass GroupBasketball Year 8Football under 15sAncient Greek Year 3: GCSE ClassBasketball under 14s
    Football under 12 / under 13Netball Year 9 - 11History Film Society (Fortnightly)Show Band
    Netball Year 7 and Year 8Senior Choir Hockey - All Years
    Subject Support Biology
    Subject Support Design and Technology

The Blue Coat Voice is a brand new initiative, intended to create an interconnected whole school council.

The purpose of this is to enhance inter-year communication with regard to universal issues raised by all Key Stages. We hope to carry out and organise more charity events within school and get involved in competitions (e.g. public speaking, House of Commons Speakers’ Competition,) representing Blue Coat. We have no doubt that such a role will look great in any application you make as you’ll be developing a variety of personal skills throughout the process as well as making a difference to your school and wider community.

  • To apply, please fill out an application from the VLE (Student leadership > Blue Coat Voice > 2017-2018) and send it to or by Monday 19th February.
  • Applications will be analysed and we will invite a number of students to a 3-person panel interview, week beginning Monday 26th February.
  • From this, council chairs will choose one boy and one girl from each year group to be a part of the Blue Coat Voice. The members will be announced by Monday 5th March.
  • Members will be presented with a Blue Coat Voice badge and we hope to have our first meeting week beginning Monday 5th March.

The DofE award at the Blue Coat is thriving, last year 250 students completed their bronze and silver award and for the first time the Gold award. Within Merseyside the Blue Coat school has the highest percentage of possible candidates taking part in the DofE award at over all three levels.

All awards are offered through school. Year 9 begin with the bronze award and then in year 10 they take on the silver. During Year 11 the students have a break while they complete their GCSEs and once they return in Year 12 they are offered the gold award.

When your child does their DofE programme they’ll develop the skills and attitudes they need to become more rounded, confident adults. Qualities that colleges, universities and employers are attracted to. So when you put your backing behind your child’s pursuit of a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, you’re investing in valuable skills. Setting the tone for a lifetime of achievement.

You’ll see all kinds of new talents bloom in your child as they achieve their award including; self-belief, a sense of identity, initiative, a sense of responsibility, a real awareness of their strengths, new talents and abilities, the ability to learn from and give to others in the community, problem solving, presentation and communication skills, leadership and team working skills

With such high numbers we are lucky enough to have staff members that work alongside, Miss Baker, Mrs Heath, Miss Long, Mr Owens, Mr Carney and Mr Caulkin are just some of the staff members that offer their support along with Mr Lennon and Mrs Preston our associate staff.

Useful links:

DofE Kit Guide

Expedition Kit List

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How to pack your rucksack

Looking after your feet

Stove Safety instructions

Ideas for activities


    Saturday 2 March – In-school theory training
    Saturday 23 March to Sunday 24 March – Practice Expedition
    Saturday 30 March to Sunday 31 March – Qualifying Expedition
    Monday 24 June to Wednesday 26 June – Practice Expedition
    Friday 5 July to Sunday 7 July – Qualifying Expedition
    Friday 24 May to Sunday 26 May – Practice Expedition
    Thursday 11 July to Sunday 14 July – Qualifying Expedition