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 2021 should be submitted by the following dates:
Sixth Form: 31st October 2020
11+: 1st December 2020
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 Bursaries 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.
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 Scholarships may be withdrawn if scholars do not show the requisite level of effort and progress.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 18 November 2020
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 fulfill 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 2021 entry
Year 7: Thursday 14 January 2021
Years 9 and 12 (also Year 9 for 2022 Entry): Monday 16 November 2020
More information on Music Scholarships
Download the Music Scholarship Application Form
Sport Scholarships Sport Scholarships are available at 11+ and 16+ and carry a maximum reduction of 5% of the fees. Sport scholars will need to bring excellence and dedication to Reading Blue Coat School through their sport and their contribution to the overall community. The School’s main sports for boys are Athletics, Cricket, Football, Rowing and Rugby and for girls, Athletics, Rowing and Netball.
More information on RBCS Sport Scholarships
General and specific conditions for scholarships are set out in the Terms and Conditions of each individual award. The Headmaster’s decision with regard to the award of scholarships is final. For further information regarding Scholarships, please contact a member of the Admissions Team by email at email@example.com or by telephone on 0118 944 1005.