Reading Blue Coat is now closed to pupils and staff, apart from those who are enabling provision of care for the children of key workers. All other pupils are continuing their education from home. Reception is closed for the Easter break and will re-open at 8am on Monday 20 April 2020.
Pupils join us from a very diverse range of schools. In 2019/20, the 93 pupils who joined Year 7 came from 53 different schools. The most popular feeder schools for 2019/20 are: St Piran's (12), Crosfields (7), Caversham Primary (6), Bishopsgate School (3), St George's Windsor (3).
There is no definitive pass mark. Each candidate is considered on his individual merits, although we do need to be confident that each pupil will be able to cope with the pace of the academic curriculum at Blue Coat.
All pupils are expected to arrive at school by 8:35am and the last academic lesson finishes at 4.10pm. The School and Common Rooms are open from 7.45am and pupils can buy breakfast in the Dining Hall before school, if required. A number of our pupils stay behind after school to participate in a variety of after-school activities, which generally finish by 6pm.
There are nine 35-minute lessons in a day; six in the morning and three in the afternoon. In the Lower School, most lessons will be 35 minutes, apart from practical subjects such as Art, Games and Design Technology. As students progress through the school, the number of double lessons will increase.