As a debut author, I could not have hoped for a more engaged and enthusiastic audience than the Year 7 and 8 boys at Reading Blue Coat School. A big thank you to the pupils and staff for the most fantastic welcome! - Author Jenny LandorMore Student Stories
How was your first week at Blue Coat? It was very good. What did you enjoy the most about your first week at the school? I enjoyed Art, because at my old school they didn’t do Art as well. We drew faces. Did you try anything new? Yes, I started playing rugby. I was in the U12Bs and we had practice on Mondays and a match on Fridays. Did any of your friends come from your last school? Just one – Paddy - but I also made new friends. Were you nervous on your first day of the term? No, not really, because I’d got used to everything at the induction days and my tutor, Mr McFaul, showed us around.
Year 10 Charlie has been on the England Badminton training squad since he joined Blue Coat in 2015. In 2016, Charlie was nominated for - and awarded - a prestigious grant from Sports Aid, to help with the cost of his equipment and training. (The list of previous recipients of this award is impressive and includes Sir Chris Hoy, Jessica Ennis-Hill CBE, Tom Daley, Ellie Simmonds OBE and Dame Sarah Storey.) In August 2016, Charlie reached the semi finals in both Singles and Mixed Doubles, and the final in the boys' Doubles, at the Refrath Cup in Cologne, defeating players from France, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands on the way. A week later, Charlie won a silver and two bronze medals at...
When Year 13 athlete Ida competed for GB and came 19th at the 16-19 World Triathlon Championships in Rotterdam last summer, it was only her third ever triathlon event. Ida, who is studying Sport and PE as one of her A Level subjects, trains six days a week, including swimming twice a week and cycling once a week with Thames Valley Triathletes, and running almost every day. She also competes as a runner for Windsor Slough Eton and Hounslow Athletic Club, and competes for Blue Coat during the cross country season.