Old Blues’ Association

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Welcome to ROBA!

The Reading Old Blues’ Association (ROBA) was formed in 1904 and helps Old Blues keep in touch with the School and with their fellow alumni. In addition to receiving the annual Old Blues News, alumni take part in a variety of social and sporting events, including the Annual Dinner, the Daniels Cup cricket match and Reunion Tea, and other Daniels Cup sporting events against the school. If you would like to register as an Old Blue in order to receive the Old Blues News and invitations to Old Blue events, please contact Blue Coat’s Foundation Director, Mrs Sarah Bunnell-Pyper, at spy@rbcs.org.uk or (0118) 933 5889. Or to update your details please click here.


Visiting the School

We are always delighted to see Old Blues back at Holme Park and you and your families are very welcome to come and visit any time. However, due to the current Covid restrictions, and the fact that you must be accompanied at all times during any visit for Health and Safety reasons, we ask that you book a time to visit the School in advance. This also ensures that someone is on hand to greet you, give you a tour and answer any questions you may have. The School has changed quite a bit over the years and we want to make sure you are properly looked after during your visit. Please contact the Foundation Office on foundation@rbcs.org.uk to book your visit and please note that if you arrive having not booked in advance, you may be turned away and asked to contact the Foundation Office.

Upcoming Events

The Foundation Office and the Headmaster are delighted to welcome back Old Blues to the School for events at the School. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 restrictions, we have had to put our events programme on hold for the foreseeable future however, we are very much looking forward to seeing you for the below upcoming events at some point in the future. Do keep an eye out on the website and social media pages for more information on these events when we can safely accommodate you here at School. To see pictures from past events, please take a look at our gallery at the bottom of this page. If you have any questions or would like to get involved with helping to run an event, please contact Sarah Bunnell-Pyper in the Foundation Office (spy@rbcs.org.uk)

The Reading Old Blues Association Dinner: Saturday 11 December 2021

Following a meeting of the ROBA Committee last night, the committee is pleased to announce the availability of an additional 20 tickets to the ROBA Annual dinner on Saturday 11 December. We expect these tickets to be in high demand so please contact the Foundation Office on foundation@rbcs.org.uk or by telephone on 01189 335 889 as soon as possible to secure your ticket.

Further information regarding timings for the evening will follow in due course.

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the following events have been postponed. We will look to reinstate them at a later date.
  • 20 Year Reunion
  • The Aldworth Lunch
  • Family Fireworks
  • Carol Service
  • 10 Year reunion
  • Old Blues Dinner
  • 5 Year reunion
  • 1 Year Reunion
  • Daniels Cup Festival of Sport
  • Henley Royal Regatta
  • Community Networking Drinks

In loving memory of Robert Gaines-Cooper, who sadly passed away on Tuesday 19 November 2019.

Use of Sports Facilities

The School has agreed to allow Old Blues to use some of the sports facilities outside school hours. Please read the attached document for details on what, how and when.

For more information, click here.

Scheduled committee meetings for 2021-2022


All committee meetings are at 7:30pm 

Old Blues items for sale

Old Blue neck ties (£25.00), bow ties (tie-your-own or ready-tied – both £20.00) and ladies’ scarves (£25.00) are available for purchase.  If you’d like to order any of these items, please call Reception to place the order – and you can pay by cheque or cash when you pick up your item(s).

Reading Blue Coat Connect

As an Old Blue, we are delighted to invite you to join Reading Blue Coat Connect- the official networking platform for the Reading Blue Coat School Community.

You can sign up in less than two minutes by importing your Linkedin or Facebook profile or using your email address.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Foundation Director Sarah Bunnell-Pyper on spy@rbcs.org.uk.

Reading Blue Coat Connect enables you to:

  • Re-connect – Find and reminisce with classmates, see what they have been up to and stay in touch.
  • Give back – Introduce, employ and be a mentor to our recent leavers and those looking for a career change.
  • Expand – Leverage your professional network to get introduced to people you should know.
  • Get ahead – Advance your career through inside connections working in top companies and access to exclusive opportunities. 

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Old Blues News

We are thrilled to share the alumni magazine, 1646, with you. Formerly the Old Blues News, this annual magazine takes a more editorial approach and if you would like to write an article for the magazine about your field, then please contact the editor, Sarah Pyper (spy@rbcs.org.uk). If you have any news of specific achievements, births, deaths or marriages please also contact Sarah. For more general updates about what you have been doing since you left School, please visit Reading Blue Coat Connect and post an update and connect with other Old Blues.

Read 1646 online:

1646 issue 1   1646 issue 2

you can also keep up to date with alumni news on the Old Blues’ Facebook page:

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or make connections through the School’s LinkedIn page:

Go to Old Blues’ LinkedIn page

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