About Us

Reading Blue Coat School enjoys a rich history dating back to 1646 when we were founded by Richard Aldworth as a school for poor scholars in the centre of Reading. Today Blue Coat occupies the stunning site of Holme Park along the Thames in Sonning, surrounded by a generous selection of playing fields. The fabric of the School has transformed in recent years with state-of-the-art teaching facilities in the heart of the campus, including a 25-classroom block named after our founder, a dedicated Geology and Psychology building, a Sixth Form Centre and recently completed DT and IT teaching spaces.

When visiting Blue Coat during the teaching day, one cannot help but notice that it has a pleasant buzz. Pupils are happy but purposeful in what they do. All pupils are academically ambitious and many achieve the top grades in public exams, as well as securing some of the most coveted university places. Furthermore, every student at Blue Coat is taught to be intellectually curious, to be creative and to develop good habits of learning; we expect all of them to make the most of their time.

Progress and achievement are important in co-curricular activities as well. The School boasts a fabulous Arts programme, with opportunities for all in music, art and drama, as well as specialist teaching for those gifted in these areas. Similarly in sport, we offer a range of activities and ensure all pupils learn about a healthy lifestyle. We also have elite athletes leading the top teams in the School, and many competing at a national level.

Whilst I am immensely proud of all that our staff and pupils accomplish, I cherish the aims and ethos of the School, which truly set it apart. In all that we do, we are a welcoming and caring place, where our pupils show consideration and courtesy for others, within Blue Coat and in our wider community. I am always happy to meet prospective parents and their children; do come and visit us.

Jesse Elzinga, Headmaster


Watch the video for a quick overview of Reading Blue Coat School – then please come along to see the school in person. It’s the best way to get a feel for Blue Coat, its environment and the people who study and work here.