Frequently Asked Questions
There are approximately 780 pupils in the School, including 260 in the Sixth Form, more than 80 of whom are girls.
In our 11+ 2019/20 intake, 49% of pupils joined us from independent schools, 48% from state primary schools, and 3% from overseas schools.
Pupils join us from a very diverse range of schools. In 2019/20, the 93 pupils who joined Year 7 came from 53 different schools. The most popular feeder schools for 2019/20 are: St Piran's, Crosfields, Caversham Primary, Bishopsgate School, St George's Windsor, Dolphin School, Sonning Primary, Emmer Green, St. Dominic's (Savio).
At 11+, for the 2020/21 cohort, we received 350 applications for 100 places.
There is no definitive pass mark. Each candidate is considered on his individual merits, although we do need to be confident that each pupil will be able to cope with the pace of the academic curriculum at Blue Coat.
No - however, the Director of Admissions is always happy to provide general feedback to the parents of successful or unsuccessful candidates.
All pupils are expected to arrive at school by 8:35am and the last academic lesson finishes at 4.10pm. The School and Common Rooms are open from 7.45am and pupils can buy breakfast in the Dining Hall before school, if required. A number of our pupils stay behind after school to participate in a variety of after-school activities, which generally finish by 6pm.
The majority of pupils complete prep at home, although pupils can remain in school until 6pm and do their prep in the Library.
There are nine 35-minute lessons in a day; six in the morning and three in the afternoon. In the Lower School, most lessons will be 35 minutes, apart from practical subjects such as Art, Games and Design Technology. As students progress through the school, the number of double lessons will increase.
We offer French, Spanish, German and Latin. At least one language is taken to GCSE level in Year 11.