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;

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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 2018

Entry for 2018 is open. Closing date for applications is Friday 29th December 2017.

Admission Timetable for September 2018 entry:

September 2017 Admission round begins
Saturday 7th October 2017 Open Morning
September – December Interviews for all registered pupils
October – January References obtained from Prep and Primary Schools
Monday 15th January 2018 Music Scholarship auditions
Saturday 20th January 2018 11+ and 13+ entry assessments take place
Week beginning 5th February 2018 Offers of places sent to parents
Wednesday 7th March 2018 Final date to accept offers
Thursday 8th March 2018 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, students are expected to attain at least eight GCSEs at C grade (or equivalent) or above, with four of these at B grade or above and two of these at A grade or above. To study Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Modern Languages or Physics at A level, students should have at least an A grade at GCSE or its equivalent. To study Economics, students should have at least an A grade in Mathematics. All students are required to have passed both English Language and Mathematics at C grade or above. More details of exact course requirements may be found in the Sixth Form Options book 2018-2020, which will be published in September 2017.

Entry for 2018

Registration for 2018 is open. Parents and students are often caught out by the fact that the admission round for Sixth Form is completed early in Year 11 so that students are not distracted in the run up to their GCSEs. We received record numbers of applications for 2017 entry, so recommend early application for 2018 entry. Interviews and assessments will take place in November 2017 and offers will be made on 1st December 2017. All offers are conditional upon students meeting the entry requirements set out above.

The closing date for applications is 9am on Friday 17th November 2017 .

A second round of applications may be considered in February 2018 subject to availability. Unsuccessful applicants from the first round should not reapply.

Please note the closing date for Bursary applications is 31st October 2017.

Admission Timetable for September 2018 entry*

September 2017 Admission round open
Saturday 7th October 2017 Open Morning
Tuesday 17th October 2017 Sixth Form Open Evening
November 2017 Interviews for all registered pupils
November 2017 References obtained from current schools
Wednesday 15th November 2017 Music Scholarship auditions and Art assessments
Saturday 11th or Saturday 18th November 2017 Entry assessments take place
Friday 1st December 2017 Offers of places sent to parents**
Monday 8th January 2017 Final date to accept offers
January 2018 onwards Late applications considered subject to availability

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


View the Sixth Form Options Booklet:

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Information for new parents

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