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The Blue Coat School

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

Age Range & Fees

Age Range3 to 11
Annual Day Fees *7621 to 13848
Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *0 to 0
Annual Full Boarding Fees *0 to 0
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Number of Pupils

Boys Girls
0Full Boarding0
0Weekly Boarding0

Number of Staff

Full-time: 50
Part-time: 8

GCSE Pass Rate - Age 16

Pass Rate - Age 18

Exams at age 18

Higher Education

Pupils who went on to Higher Education
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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 are about to celebrate 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
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What we offer

  • Design technology
  • Electronics
  • ICT
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • French
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Adventure training
  • Ballet
  • Chess
  • Dance
  • Drama productions
  • Language club
  • Rainbows/Brownies/Guides
  • Skiing
  • Young Enterprise
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Brass
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Jazz
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Percussion
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • After school club
  • Before school/Breakfast club
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of services' children
  • Particular diets

    Method of Entry

    • Entry test or exam
    • Interview
    • Report from previous school
    • Early registration or registration at birth
    • Trial day at school

    Scholarships & Bursaries

    • Academic
    • Siblings
    • Music
    • Means tested bursaries

    Curriculum and Exams:

    • ABRSM
      Associated board of the Royal School of Music
    • LAMDA
      London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

    Religious Affiliation:

    • Church of England

    Teaching Languages:

    • English
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