Frequently Asked Questions

There are approximately 820 pupils in the School, including 300 in the Sixth Form, more than 100 of whom are girls.
In our 11+ 2021/22 intake, 45% of pupils joined us from independent schools, 53% from state primary schools, and 2% from overseas schools.
Pupils join us from a very diverse range of schools. In 2021/22 the 94 pupils who joined Year 7 came from 52 different schools. The most popular feeder schools in the last 3 years have been as follows:
St Piran's School, Maidenhead
Crosfields School, Reading
Caversham Primary School
Holme Grange School, Wokingham
Hall Grove School, Bagshot
St George's School, Windsor Castle
St Neot's School, Eversley
Yateley Manor School
Claires Court Junior Boys School, Maidenhead
The Dolphin School, Twyford
The Hill Primary School, Caversham
Hawkedon Primary School, Lower Earley
Shiplake Primary School
Sonning Primary School
The Hawthorns Primary School, Wokingham
The Oratory Prep School
Southcote Primary School, Reading
St Edward's Prep School, Reading
St John's Beaumont School, Windsor
St Teresa's Primary School, Wokingham
We would normally expect around 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. Pupils can buy light snacks after school before starting their activities.
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.
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