Applying to Reading Blue Coat

Choosing a school for your child can seem like a daunting task, especially as many schools have different entry requirements and timings for their admission rounds. We hope that these pages will explain the admissions procedures for entry to Reading Blue Coat at the key entry points of 11+ and Sixth Form. If you need further information, we are always happy to discuss any aspects of your child’s application to Reading Blue Coat either by telephone or email.

Our contact details are as follows:

Mrs Jane Jarrett, Director of Marketing & Admissions
Tel. 0118 933 5811; jj@rbcs.org.uk

Ms Audrey Fernandes, Admissions Manager

Mrs Marti Bell, Admissions Officer

0118 933 5806; admissions@rbcs.org.uk

Entry Points

11+ Entry for 2023

11+ is the main point of entry into Reading Blue Coat.

The Admissions round for entry into Year 7 begins in September of Year 6.

There are three elements to our selection process: interview, assessment and a satisfactory school reference.

During the Autumn Term, pupils registered for entry will be invited to attend an Assessment Day, during which they will have an interview with a member of staff, undertake academic assessments and participate in some team building activities.

If your child is entitled to examination concessions, such as extra time, use of laptops etc. arrangements may be put in place for some of the assessments, provided we receive appropriate evidence from an Educational Psychologist and the school reference confirms this to be the normal way of working. All evidence must be submitted by Monday 7 November 2022.

School Reference

Blue Coat will contact Prep and Primary school Heads for school references during the Autumn term of Year 6.

Entry for Year 7 2022

Late applicants should contact the Director of Marketing & Admissions in the first instance.

Admission Timetable for September 2023 entry:

September 2022 Admission round open
November – December 2022 Assessment Days for all registered pupils
October – December 2022 References obtained from Prep and Primary schools
Monday 7 November 2022 (Noon) Closing date to submit supporting SEN evidence
Thursday 1 December 2022 (noon) Closing date for Bursary applications
Thursday 1 December 2022 Closing date for 11+ applications
(we recommend earlier application)
Tuesday 10 January 2023 Music Scholarship auditions
Week commencing Monday 6 February 2023 Offers of places sent to parents
Wednesday 8 March 2023 Final date to accept offers
Monday 15 March 2023 onwards Waiting list offers made, subject to availability

 

13+ Entry

Please be aware that as a predominantly 11+ entry school, the number of places in Year 9 is limited. Furthermore, with the introduction of girls into Year 7 from September 2023, we expect the number of places available in Year 9 from 2025 to be further reduced.

The Admissions round for pupils’ entry into Year 9 begins in September of their Year 7. Registered pupils will be invited to attend an Assessment Day, during which they will have an interview with a member of staff, undertake academic assessments and participate in some team building activities.

Entrance Assessments

Pupils will sit an online assessment which tests verbal, numerical and non-verbal skills, as well as the School’s own papers in English and Mathematics. There are no practice papers available, nor do we recommend any other commercially available materials.

If your child is entitled to examination concessions, such as extra time, use of laptops etc. arrangements can be put in place for the English and Mathematics papers only, provided we receive appropriate evidence from an Educational Psychologist and the school reference confirms this to be the normal way of working. All evidence must be submitted by Tuesday 25 October 2022.

School Reference

Blue Coat will contact Prep School Heads for school references during the Autumn term of Year 7.

Entry for 2024 and beyond

Registration is open.

Entry for 2023

Late applications for 2023 may be considered subject to availability. Please contact the Director of Marketing & Admissions.

Admission Timetable for September 2024 entry:

September 2022 Admission round begins
September – October 2022 Interviews for all registered pupils
September – October 2022 References obtained from Prep Schools
Tuesday 1 November 2022 Closing date for applications
Tuesday 15 November 2022 (tbc)  13+ assessments take place
Monday 5 December 2022 Offers of places sent by first class post to parents
Friday 27 January 2023 Final date to accept offers
March 2023 onwards Late applications considered subject to availability
Thursday 1 December 2023  Closing Date for Bursary applications for 2023 entry
Thursday 25 October 2022 (noon) Closing Date to submit supporting SEN evidence

Sixth Form Entry

Blue Coat welcomes applications from students from both state and independent schools. All prospective students are interviewed to build up a picture of their academic strengths and co-curricular interests and are also required to undertake academic aptitude assessments. Interviews take place in October and November of the year prior to entry, i.e. early in Year 11.

Blue Coat’s Sixth Form consists of approximately 300 students, of whom at least one third are girls.

The curriculum is widespread, with 28 subjects on offer, as well as the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), designed specifically to develop the students’ skills and interests in preparation for either university or the work place.

All Blue Coat students are encouraged to become involved in the many co-curricular activities on offer in order to broaden their experience and enjoyment of school life.

Entrance Assessments
Your son or daughter will sit an online assessment which tests verbal, numerical and non-verbal skills. There are no practice assessments available, nor do we recommend any other commercially available materials. Testing takes place in November of Year 11.

If your son or daughter is entitled to examination concessions, such as extra time, use of laptops etc. arrangements can be put in place for the essay paper, provided we receive appropriate evidence from their current school that this is the normal way of working. All evidence must be submitted by Friday 28 October 2022.

Offers of places are made in early December and are unconditional. Students should be aware that there are minimum grade requirements for certain A Level courses. Please refer to the Sixth Form Guide.

Late applicants may be considered subject to availability of places.

School Reference
Blue Coat will contact the student’s current school for a reference during the Autumn term of Year 11.

Entry requirements

To qualify for the Sixth Form at Blue Coat, we expect you to attain at least eight GCSEs at Grade 5 or above. Ideally two of these grades must be at Grade 7 or above, a further four grades at Grade 6 and two at Grade 5. To study Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics at A Level, you should have at least a Grade 7 at GCSE or its equivalent. To study Economics, you should have at least a Grade 7 in Mathematics. All students are required to have passed both English Language and Mathematics at Grade 5 or above. More details of exact course requirements will be found within the information supplied.

Entry for 2022 

Late applicants should contact the Director of Marketing & Admissions.

Admission Timetable for September 2023 entry*

September 2022 Admission round open
Thursday 13 October 2022  Sixth Form Open Evening
November 2022 Interviews for all registered pupils
November 2022 References obtained from current schools
Wednesday 2 November 2022 Closing date for applications
Wednesday 9 November 2022 Closing date for scholarship applications
Wednesday 16 November 2022  Drama Scholarship and Art Scholarship assessments
Thursday 17 November 2022 Music Scholarship auditions
Saturday 12 or Saturday 19 November 2022 Entry assessments take place
Thursday 1 December 2022 Offers of places sent by first class post to parents**
Thursday 1 December 2022 (noon) Closing date for Bursary Applications
Monday 23 January 2023 Final date to accept offers
January 2023 onwards Late applications considered subject to availability
February 2023 Entry assessments for late applicants

* External candidates only
** Conditional offers subject to GCSE results

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