Blue Coat is predominantly an 11+ entry school, but a very small number of additional places (usually 4 or 5) are available in Year 9. Demand for these places is always extremely high, however, and parents are encouraged to discuss any potential application with a member of the Admissions team. The Admissions round for boys’ entry into Year 9 begins in September of their Year 8 and the timetable is the same as for 11+. There are three elements to the entry process:
Interviews take place on a school working day with a senior member of staff. Parents attend the interview with their son – and this is really intended as an opportunity for the school, the parents and the boy to find out whether Blue Coat would be a good fit. During this visit, boys and parents will be given a tour of the school on a working day with a Sixth Form student as a guide.
Your son will sit an online assessment which tests verbal, numerical and non-verbal skills, as well as a written English paper which will include a piece of comprehension and creative writing. Thee are no practice papers available, nor do we recommend any other commercially available materials.
Blue Coat will contact the applicant’s current school Head for a reference during the Autumn term of Year 8.