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 has your first week at Blue Coat been? It’s been very good. What have you enjoyed the most about your first week at the school? I’ve enjoyed Art, because at my old school they didn’t do Art as well. We’ve been drawing faces this week. Have you tried anything new? Yes, I’ve started playing rugby. I’m in the U12Bs and we have practice on Mondays and a match on Fridays. I was a bit annoyed at our last match because it was tag, and we’d been practising contact rugby at training! I’d much rather play contact. Did any of your friends come from your last school? Just one – Paddy - but I’ve also been making new friends. Were you nervous...
Year 9 Charlie has been on the England Badminton training squad since he joined Blue Coat in 2015. Last year, 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 12 athlete Ida competed for GB and came 19th at the 16-19 World Triathlon Championships in Rotterdam this 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.