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Officially a School of Excellence!


The Blue Coat School Birmingham, is officially a School of Excellence!

Staff and pupils are enjoying a double celebration following a visit by the Independent Schools Inspectorate which awarded the School its highest accolade of ‘Excellent’ in all areas. This comes just as Year 6 pupils receive confirmation of excellent results in the 11 and independent senior school examinations.

The Independent Day School and Nursery which educates just under 600 boys and girls, was visited in May by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) who carried out a combined inspection of Educational Quality and Compliance.

The School was awarded the highest ISI grading, and was deemed ‘Excellent’ in all areas and fully compliant.

Reporting on the achievement of its pupils, academic and otherwise, the Inspectors found that “pupils of all ages and abilities make excellent progress overall” and their “attitudes to learning are outstanding.”

The quality of pupils’ personal development was also graded as ‘Excellent’ and was shown to be “nurtured by the high standard of pastoral care that they receive from their form tutors and house staff.”

Pupils’ attainment was found to be “well above national age-related expectations” and this year’s 11 results are no exception. We congratulate our Year 6 cohort on over 100 offers to selective independent senior schools including 32 scholarships and 1 Music Award, plus 49 grammar school places. Scholarship attainment is predominantly for academic achievement but a number of music and sporting awards also recognise other attributes in which the children have flourished through the School’s encouragement.

Headmaster, Noel Neeson joined the School in September last year and has introduced new and exciting projects into the Year 6 curriculum to further inspire debate and the pursuit of knowledge. Most recently the children have enjoyed a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Week which saw them launch a helium balloon up into Near Space. They are now rehearsing for their final drama production of ‘Curiouser and Curiouser’ based on Alice in Wonderland. All this after a modern languages trip to France and complementing a full extra-curricular programme which includes Forest School, squad practices and charitable activities.

“I am delighted that our reputation for academic excellence is continuing and that our days at The Blue Coat School are filled with a rich variety of activities. To have the recognition that we are achieving our goal to offer our children an outstanding education is testament to the dedication of my staff, governors, parents and pupils. I am extremely proud to be leading The Blue Coat School into its next chapter. Continued generous investment in resources means there are exciting times ahead as we approach our 300 year anniversary,” says Mr Neeson.

Published: May 25 2017

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