Bursaries It is the School’s policy to keep fees as low as possible in order to make the benefits of our education accessible to as many children as possible. Bursaries are not linked to ability (other than ability to achieve a place at Reading Blue Coat). They are means-tested and are awarded by the Bursary Sub-Committee. For full details of Bursaries, please read the Bursaries policy.
Bursary applications for pupils joining the School in September 2022 should be submitted by the following dates:
Wednesday 1st December 2021
NB: Students must be formally registered for entry before applying for a Bursary. For further information regarding Bursaries, please contact a member of the Admissions Team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 0118 944 1005. Download Bursary Policy
Foundation Scholarships Foundation Scholarships are bursaries worth up to 100% of school fees. These are not linked to ability, other than the ability to achieve a place at Blue Coat. The school offers up to two Foundation Scholarships per year to pupils who would not otherwise be able to enjoy the benefits of a Blue Coat education. For more information, please telephone a member of the Admissions team on 0118 944 1005.
Applications for Foundation Scholarships for pupils joining the School in September 2022 should be submitted by Wednesday 1st December 2021.
Scholarships Reading Blue Coat School makes provision for the award of a number of scholarships at the point of entry to the School which are made purely on merit.
Academic Scholarships A number of academic scholarships are available at 11+. The award of these scholarships is dependent on overall strong performance in the 11+ Entrance Assessment. There is no additional scholarship examination; all pupils sitting the entrance assessments will be considered for academic scholarships based on their performance in these assessments. The value of each award will not exceed 5% of the tuition fee.
All pupils who achieve eight grades of 8/9 at GCSE are considered for the title of Academic Scholar in the Sixth Form. These scholarships are honorary, meaning they do not carry any fee remission, but they may be topped up with means-tested bursaries. Both new joiners to the Sixth Form and Blue Coat boys returning for the Sixth Form are eligible for this award. Awards are dependent on students having demonstrated a commitment to learning in their GCSE studies and a continued commitment to the academic life of the School. Scholarships may be withdrawn if scholars do not show the requisite level of effort and progress. The academic progress of the Scholars is monitored by the Deputy Head (Academic).
Art Scholarships Art scholarships are available at 16+ only and carry a maximum reduction of 5% of the fees. Candidates will need to fulfill the normal entry requirements of the School and will need to attend an additional interview with the Head of Art. Candidates will need to present their Art portfolio at interview. Applicants will be asked to complete a one-hour creative task set by the Head of Art, and will have an informal conversation to discuss their portfolios.
Year 12: Wednesday 17 November 2021
Music Scholarships Music scholarships are available at 11+, 13+ and 16+ and carry a maximum reduction of 5% of the fees. Candidates will need to fulfil the normal entry requirements of the School and will need to attend an audition with the Director of Music. Music scholars are expected to play a full part in the musical life of the School and the award may be withdrawn if this is not the case. Musical commitment and progress will be monitored by the Director of Music as well as the Second Master.
Music scholarship dates for 2022 entry
Year 12: 18 November 2021 (tbc)
Year 7: 14 January 2022 (tbc)
Year 9: 14 January 2022 (tbc)
Music Scholarship Information
Music Scholarship Application Form
Drama Scholarships Drama scholarships are available at 16+ only and carry a maximum reduction of 5% of the fees. Drama scholarships may be awarded in both Acting and/or Technical Theatre. Candidates will need to fulfil the normal entry requirements of the School and will need to attend an additional audition/interview with the Director of Drama. Technical Theatre candidates will need to present a portfolio at the interview. Acting candidates will be required to perform at the audition, and will have an informal conversation to discuss their experience.
16+ Drama scholarship date for 2022
Wednesday 17 November 2021
Drama Scholarship Information
Drama Scholarship Application Form
Athlete Development Programme The Athlete Development Programme (ADP) has been running at Reading Blue Coat over the last two years, to help support pupils that perform at a high level in sport. The ADP offers weekly strength and conditioning sessions with our UK Strength and Conditioning Association accredited coach to help reduce injury risk and maximise sports performance. The ADP also offers termly seminars and workshops on topics such as training load, nutrition, psychology, injury, work training balance, as well as help with target setting, and one to one athlete support.
To be considered for a place on the ADP internal applicants must firstly be nominated as part of a select shortlist by members of the sports department. Nominees are then able to submit a written application, putting their case forward to be considered for a place on the ADP. External applicants joining the School, who are playing sport at a high level, can also submit a written application accompanied by references and video footage. External applicants may also be invited to the School for a physical assessment and interview. There are only a limited number of spaces available on the ADP, so places are competitive and pupils are required to surpass a set of minimum standards for commitment, ability, motivation, organisation and communication at all times. Successful applicants can be offered up to two years on the programme before having to reapply in an effort to join the programme for the following years.