Applying to Reading Blue Coat

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 either by telephone or email.

Our contact details are as follows:

Mrs Jane Jarrett, Director of Marketing & Admissions
Tel. 0118 933 5811; jj@rbcs.org.uk

Ms Audrey Fernandes, Admissions Manager

Mrs Marti Bell, Admissions Assistant

Mrs Rebecca Hardman, Admissions Assistant

0118 933 5806; admissions@rbcs.org.uk

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

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:

Interview

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. NB: Covid-19 restrictions mean we are unable to facilitate tours at the present time.

Entrance Assessments

Your son will sit an online assessment which tests verbal, numerical and non-verbal skills, as well as the School’s own papers in English and Mathematics.  There are no practice papers available, nor do we recommend any other commercially available materials.

If your son is entitled to examination concessions, such as extra time, use of laptops etc. arrangements can be put in place for the English and Mathematics papers only, provided we receive appropriate evidence from an Educational Psychologist and the school reference confirms this to be the normal way of working. All evidence must be submitted by Tuesday 1 December 2020.

Entry for 2021 and beyond

Open.

School Reference

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

Admission Timetable for September 2021 entry:

September 2020 Admission round begins
September – December 2020 Interviews for all registered pupils
October – January 2020 References obtained from Prep and Primary schools
Friday 18 December Closing date for 11+ Applications
14, 15 January 2021 (provisional) Music Scholarship auditions and Sport Scholarship trials
Saturday 16 January 2021 11+ entry assessments take place
From 20 January 2021 Second Interviews for select pupils
Week commencing 8 February 2021 Offers of places sent to parents
Friday 5 March 2021 Final date to accept offers
Monday 8 March 2021 onwards Waiting list offers made
Tuesday 1 December 2020 (Noon) Closing Date for Bursary applications
Tuesday 1 December 2020 (Noon) Closing date to submit supporting SEN evidence
Friday 18 December 2020 Closing date for registrations

 

13+ Entry

The Admissions round for boys’ entry into Year 9 begins in September of their Year 7. There are three elements to the entry process:

Interview

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. NB: Covid-19 restrictions mean we are unable to facilitate tours at the present time.

Entrance Assessments

Your son will sit an online assessment which tests verbal, numerical and non-verbal skills, as well as the School’s own papers in English and Mathematics.  There are no practice papers available, nor do we recommend any other commercially available materials.

If your son is entitled to examination concessions, such as extra time, use of laptops etc. arrangements can be put in place for the English and Mathematics papers only, provided we receive appropriate evidence from an Educational Psychologist and the school reference confirms this to be the normal way of working. All evidence must be submitted by Friday 23 October 2020.

School Reference

Blue Coat will contact Prep School Heads for school references during the Autumn term of Year 7.

Entry for 2022  and beyond

Registration is open.

Entry for 2021 

Late applications for 2021 may be considered subject to availability. Please contact the Director of Marketing & Admissions.

Admission Timetable for September 2022 entry:

September 2020 Admission round begins
September – October 2020 Interviews for all registered pupils
September – October 2020 References obtained from Prep Schools
Saturday 14 November 2020 13+ assessments take place
19 November 2020 Music Scholarship auditions
Tuesday 1 December 2020 Offers of places sent by first class post to parents
Friday 11 January 2021 Final date to accept offers
March 2021 onwards Late applications considered subject to availability
Tuesday 1 December 2020 (Noon) Closing Date for Bursary applications for 2021 entry
Friday 23 October 2020 (noon) Closing Date to submit supporting SEN evidence

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. Interviews take place in October and November of the year prior to entry, i.e. early in Year 11.

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.

Entrance Assessments
Your son or daughter will sit an online assessment which tests verbal, numerical and non-verbal skills, as well as the School’s own short essay paper. There are no practice papers available, nor do we recommend any other commercially available materials. Testing takes place in November of Year 11.

If your son or daughter is entitled to examination concessions, such as extra time, use of laptops etc. arrangements can be put in place for the essay paper, provided we receive appropriate evidence from their current school that this is the normal way of working. All evidence must be submitted by Friday 6 November 2020.

Offers of places are made in early December and are unconditional. Students should be aware that there are minimum grade requirements for certain A Level courses. Please refer to the Sixth Form Guide.

Late applicants may be considered subject to availability of places.

School Reference
Blue Coat will contact the student’s current school for a reference during the Autumn term of Year 11.

Entry requirements

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

Entry for 2020 

Registration is now closed. Late applicants should contact the Director of Marketing & Admissions.

Entry for 2021 and beyond

Registration is open.

Admission Timetable for September 2021 entry*

September 2020 Admission round open
November 2020 Interviews for all registered pupils
November 2020 References obtained from current schools
18 November 2020 Art Scholarship assessments
19 November 2020 Music Scholarship auditions
Saturday 14 or Saturday 21 November 2020 Entry assessments take place
Tuesday 1 December 2020 Offers of places sent by first class post to parents**
Monday 11 January 2021 Final date to accept offers
January 2021 onwards Late applications considered subject to availability
Tuesday 23 February 2021 (provisional) Entry assessments for late applicants

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

View the new Sixth Form Options Booklet here.

 

Additional information for parents

Sixth Form Options Booklet       Terms and conditions

 

 

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