Applying to RBCS

Choosing a school for your son or daughter can seem like a daunting task, especially as many schools have different entry requirements and timings for their admission rounds. We hope that these pages will explain the admissions procedures for entry to Reading Blue Coat at the key entry points of 11+ and Sixth Form. If you need further information, we are always happy to discuss any aspects of your son or daughter’s application to Reading Blue Coat School either by telephone or email.

Our contact details are as follows:

Mrs Jane Jarrett, Director of Marketing & Admissions
Tel. 0118 933 5811;

Ms Audrey Fernandes, Admissions Manager
Tel. 0118 933 5806;

Mrs Marti Bell, Admissions Assistant

Tel. 0118 933 5806;


Useful links

Below you will find some useful information for parents considering Reading Blue Coat School:

Entry Points

11+ Entry

The Admissions round for boys’ entry into Year 7 begins in September of their Year 6. There are three elements to the entry process:


Interviews take place on a school working day with a senior member of staff, and parents attend the interview with their son. This is an opportunity for the school, for you as parents and for your son to find out whether Blue Coat would be a good fit. During this visit, you and your son will be given a tour of the school on a working day with a Sixth Form student as a guide.

Entrance Assessments

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. There are no practice papers available, nor do we recommend any other commercially available materials.

School Reference

Blue Coat will contact Prep and Primary school Heads for school references during the Autumn term of Year 6.

Entry for 2019

Entry for 2019 is now closed. Offers were sent by First Class Post on Monday, 4th February.

Entry for 2020 and beyond

Now open.

Admission Timetable for September 2019 entry:

September 2018 Admission round begins
Saturday 6th October 2018 Open Morning
September – December Interviews for all registered pupils
October – January References obtained from Prep and Primary schools
January 2019 Music Scholarship auditions and Sport Scholarship (11+ only) trials
Saturday 19th January 2019 11+ and 13+ entry assessments take place
Week beginning 4th February 2019 Offers of places sent to parents
Wednesday 6th March 2019 Final date to accept offers
Thursday 7th March 2019 onwards Waiting list offers made

Sixth Form Entry

Blue Coat welcomes applications from students from both state and independent schools.  All prospective students are interviewed to build up a picture of their academic strengths and co-curricular interests and are also required to undertake academic aptitude assessments.

Blue Coat’s Sixth Form consists of more than 250 students, of whom at least one third are girls.

The curriculum is widespread, with 23 subjects on offer, as well as the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), designed specifically to develop the students’ skills and interests in preparation for either university or the work place.

All Blue Coat students are encouraged to become involved in the many co-curricular activities on offer in order to broaden their experience and enjoyment of school life.

Entry requirements

To qualify for the Sixth Form at Blue Coat, we expect you to attain at least eight GCSEs at C grade/Grade 5 or above. Two of these grades must be at A/grade 7 or above. A further four grades at B/grade 6 and two at C/grade 5 are required. To study Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics at A Level, you should have at least an A grade/7 at GCSE or its equivalent. To study Economics, you should have at least an A/grade 7 in Mathematics. All students are required to have passed both English Language and Mathematics at C/grade 5 or above. More details of exact course requirements will be found within the information supplied.

Entry for 2019

The first admission round for 2019 is now complete and applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application on Saturday 1st December 2018. NB: All offers are conditional upon students meeting the entry requirements set out above.

A second round of applications may be considered in February 2019 subject to availability. Unsuccessful applicants from the first round should not reapply. Late applicants should contact the Admissions Office before submitting an online registration form.

Please note the closing date for Bursary applications was 31st October 2018.

Admission Timetable for September 2019 entry*

September 2018 Admission round open
Saturday 6th October 2018 Open Morning
Tuesday 16th October 2018 Sixth Form Open Evening
November 2018 Interviews for all registered pupils
November 2018 References obtained from current schools
Wednesday 15th November 2018 Music Scholarship auditions and Art assessments
Saturday 10th or Saturday 17th November 2018 Entry assessments take place
Saturday 1st December 2018 Offers of places sent to parents**
Friday 11th January 2019 Final date to accept offers
January 2019 onwards Late applications considered subject to availability

* External candidates only
** Conditional offers subject to GCSE results

View the new Sixth Form Options Booklet here.


For information on forthcoming tour dates click here


Additional information for new parents

Sixth Form Options Booklet       Terms and conditions



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