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;

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:

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 the School’s own papers in English and Mathematics.  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

Late applicants should contact a member of the Admissions Team.

Entry for 2020 and beyond


Admission Timetable for September 2020 entry:

September 2019 Admission round begins
Saturday 5 October 2019 Open Morning
September – December Interviews for all registered pupils
October – January References obtained from Prep and Primary schools
January 2020 Music Scholarship auditions and Sport Scholarship (11+ only) trials
Saturday 18 January 2020 11+ and 13+ entry assessments take place
Week beginning 3 February 2020 Offers of places sent to parents
Friday 6 March 2020 Final date to accept offers
Monday 9 March 2020 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

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.

Entry for 2020 and beyond

Registration is open.

Admission Timetable for September 2020 entry*

September 2019 Admission round open
Saturday 5 October 2019 Open Morning
Tuesday 15 October 2019 Sixth Form Open Evening
November 2019 Interviews for all registered pupils
November 2019 References obtained from current schools
November 2019

Date to be confirmed

Music Scholarship auditions and Art assessments
Saturday 9 or Saturday 16 November 2019 Entry assessments take place
Monday 2 December 2019 Offers of places sent to parents**
Friday 10 January 2020 Final date to accept offers
January 2020 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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