Frequently Asked Questions

How many pupils are there at Blue Coat? There are 740 pupils in the School, including 192 in the Lower School (Years 7 and 8), 292 in the Middle School (Years 9,10 and 11) and 256 in the Sixth Form, 74 of whom are girls.

What percentage of pupils join Blue Coat at 11+ from state primary and independent schools? In our 11+ intake for 2016/17, 60% of pupils joined us from independent schools and 40% from state primary schools

How many candidates apply?  At 11+, for  the 2016/17 cohort, we received more than 260 applications for 96 places and, for 16+, more than 100 applications for approximately 50 places.

What is the pass mark in the entrance assessments for entry at 11+? 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.

Do you give out individual marks after the 11+ and 16+ tests? No, however the Director of Admissions is always happy to provide general feedback to the parents of successful or unsuccessful candidates.

What time does the school day start and finish? 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.

Is prep (homework) done at school or at home? The majority of pupils complete prep at home, although pupils can remain in school until 6pm and do their prep in the Library.

How many lessons are there each day, and what is the lesson duration? 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.

Do you offer A Levels and the International Baccalaureate in the Sixth Form?  We offer A Levels only.

Which modern languages do you offer?  All pupils study French and a second modern language (either German or Spanish) in Years 7 to 9.  At least one modern language is taken to GCSE level in Year 11.