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The Blue Coat School Birmingham

Somerset Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, England B17 0HR

Private School (Fee Paying) Co-Educational 3 - 11 Years Day


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Word From The Head

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Mr Noel Neeson

Thank you for considering our wonderful school. You are looking to join us at a pivotal time when we have just celebrated 300 years since our foundation in 1722. Since our earliest days we have been proudly providing an education that is second to none for the children of Birmingham and beyond. The School today is unrecognisable from its humble beginnings. The mantra 300 years on is ‘limitless learning for tomorrow’s achievers’ where our children thrive and achieve through an extensive academic programme balanced by outstanding offerings in creative arts, performing arts, sport and music.

The opportunity to educate other people's children is a rare privilege, bringing with it a huge responsibility to provide the best all-round education possible as we aim to prepare young people for happiness and success in their lives. As Head at The Blue Coat School I take this responsibility very seriously. With my staff, I care about the individual and pride myself in the warmth of a Christian community in which all our pupils feel valued.

We live in fast-changing times. This means that providing an outstanding, progressive and traditional Prep school education is more important than ever. Our pupils consistently achieve excellent results, allowing them to gain places at the top Independent and Grammar Schools locally and nationally. But this is just one aspect of a multi-faceted Blue Coat education. Pupils are supported to show ambition both within and beyond the classroom.

School should be fun and happy and children are more likely to be successful. We see it as our responsibility to bring out our children's talents, to broaden their interests and to develop their personal qualities. To do this we aim to foster confidence; to enhance communication skills; to embrace creativity; to encourage teamwork; and to promote an open-minded and outward-looking approach to learning.

Tradition is important here and still shapes some of our guiding principles but we seek to build on the past while looking to the future. The Blue Coat School is, and will remain, a forward-thinking school that embraces innovation and new opportunity.

We are committed to making The Blue Coat education accessible to talented boys and girls whatever their background. To back up this principle, we can offer very significant levels of financial support (up to 100% of full fees) through our various bursary schemes. This continues a long history of support dating back to our earliest pupils funded through subscription when the School was founded in 1722.

Mr Noel G Neeson | Headmaster

Open Days, Visits & Events

30-09-2023 - Open Morning

BCS Open Mornings give you an opportunity to visit Blue Coat, look around the school, experience Blue Coat life, meet the staff and ask any questions that you have. The tours are guided by current pupils who look forward to telling you all about Blue Coat.

What We Offer

  • LAMDA - London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
  • Design Technology
  • Electronics
  • ICT
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • French
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-Country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Adventure Training
  • Ballet
  • Chess
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Language Club
  • Martial Arts
  • Music
  • Skiing
  • Table Tennis
  • Young Enterprise
    • After School Club
    • Armed Forces Children
    • Before School Club
    • Breakfast Club
    • Coeliac/Gluten Intolerance
    • Dairy Intolerance
    • Gifted Children
    • Halal
    • International Students
    • Nut Allergies
    • Special Diets
    • Vegan
    • Vegetarian


    • Entry test or exam
    • Interview
    • Early registration or registration at birth
    • Bursaries
    • Academic
    • Siblings
    • Music
    • Church of England
    • English

      Age Range & Fees

      Age Range3 to 11
      Annual Day Fees *£9618 to £14541
      Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *£0 to £0
      Annual Full Boarding Fees *£0 to £0
      * Currency: GB Pound

      Number Of Pupils

      0Full Boarding0
      0Weekly Boarding0
      Boys Girls

      Number Of Staff

      Full-time: 50
      Part-time: 8

      % Pupils Gaining
      GCSE/IGCSE Passes 5 - 9

      % Pupils Gaining
      A Level Grades A – C

      % Pupils Going
      To University

      School Reviews

      Blue Coat Parent

      There is a strong leadership in the school and very much present for the children, staff and parents.

      Blue Coat Parent

      Excellent facilities, expertly maintained and very satisfying to see improvements on facilities for the children over and above the excellent existing ones.

      Blue Coat Parent

      There are so many events and activities to be involved in to create a community feel. The Blue Coat School has a wonderful family atmosphere.

      Blue Coat Parent

      My son loves coming to school which speaks volumes to us about how happy and secure he feels.