Old Blues’ Association

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Welcome to ROBA!

The Reading Old Blues’ Association (ROBA) was formed in 1904 and helps Old Blues keep in touch with the School and with their fellow alumni. In addition to receiving the annual Old Blues News, alumni take part in a variety of social and sporting events, including the Annual Dinner, the Daniels Cup cricket match and Reunion Tea, and other Daniels Cup sporting events against the school.

If you would like to register as an Old Blue in order to receive the Old Blues News and invitations to Old Blue events, please contact Blue Coat’s Community Relations Co-ordinator in the Development Office, Sarah Pyper, at spy@rbcs.org.uk or (0118) 933 5889. Or to update your details please click here.

Upcoming Events

The Headmaster and the School are delighted to welcome Old Blues back for some exciting events in the coming months with more to follow this year and in 2020. If you have any questions or would like to help organise a reunion event for your year group, please contact Sarah Pyper in the Development Office (spy@rbcs.org.uk).

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the following events have been postponed. We will look to reinstate them at a later date.
Campaign Launch
Five Year Reunion Drinks
2019 Leavers’ Drinks
Daniels Cup Festival of Sport
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Campaign Launch The current Headmaster Jesse Elzinga and his successor Pete Thomas, discuss their ambitions for the School; past, present and future. There will be a drinks reception with canapés served in School House from 7:00pm. All Old Blues are welcome but registration is essential and will work on a first come, first serve basis. Please RSVP to the Foundation Office- foundation@rbcs.org.uk
Five Year Reunion Drinks The Headmaster is delighted to welcome back those who left in 2015 for their Five Year Reunion! Come along and catch up with your fellow Old Blues and maybe even some familiar staff faces too! More details of how to book will be released next year but if you are from this cohort and would like to help, please get in touch with Sarah Pyper in the Development Office on spy@rbcs.org.uk.
2019 Leavers’ Drinks A drinks reception for those who left the School in 2019! Come catch up with fellow Old Blues and members of staff and let us know what you have been up to in the year since leaving School! Details of how to book this event will be released next year.
Daniels Cup Festival of Sport After an extremely successful year last year we are thrilled to once again be hosting this special day of sport. Old Blues teams will play the School in netball, touch rugby, rowing, cricket and football. We welcome players and spectators alike to bring a picnic along and get involved! More details of this event will be available next year but if you are interested in playing in one of the teams please get in touch with Sarah Pyper in the Development Office (spy@rbcs.org.uk).
20 Year Reunion Saturday 5 September 2020: The Headmaster and the Development Office are delighted to welcome back all those who left the Reading Blue Coat in 2000 to a Family Day at the School. More details to follow but if you would like any more information please contact Sarah Pyper in the Development Office (spy@rbcs.org.uk).
Aldworth Lunch Friday 16 October 2020: Following the success of the inaugural lunch last year, the Headmaster and the development Office are delighted to welcome back anyone who left the School before 1979 for a special lunch at Holme Park. More details of how to book to follow later in the year.


In loving memory of Robert Gaines-Cooper, who sadly passed away on Tuesday 19 November 2019.

Use of Sports Facilities

The School has agreed to allow Old Blues to use some of the sports facilities outside school hours. Please read the attached document for details on what, how and when.

For more information, click here.

Scheduled committee meetings for 2019-2020

13 January 2020 

15 February 2020 (Annual General Meeting, 10.00am)

9 March 2020

14 September 2020 (Venue and time to be confirmed)

All committee meetings are at 7:30pm 

Download ROBA General Committee information

Old Blues items for sale

Old Blue neck ties (£25.00), bow ties (tie-your-own or ready-tied – both £20.00) and ladies’ scarves (£25.00) are available for purchase.  If you’d like to order any of these items, please call Reception to place the order – and you can pay by cheque or cash when you pick up your item(s).

Reading Blue Coat Connect

As an Old Blue, we are delighted to invite you to join Reading Blue Coat Connect- the official networking platform for the Reading Blue Coat School Community.

You can sign up in less than two minutes by importing your Linkedin or Facebook profile or using your email address.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact our Community Relations Co-Ordinator, Sarah Pyper on spy@rbcs.org.uk.

Reading Blue Coat Connect enables you to:

  • Re-connect – Find and reminisce with classmates, see what they have been up to and stay in touch.
  • Give back – Introduce, employ and be a mentor to our recent leavers and those looking for a career change.
  • Expand – Leverage your professional network to get introduced to people you should know.
  • Get ahead – Advance your career through inside connections working in top companies and access to exclusive opportunities. 

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Old Blues News


We are thrilled to share the alumni magazine, 1646, with you. Formerly the Old Blues News, this annual magazine takes a more editorial approach and if you would like to write an article for the magazine about your field, then please contact the editor, Sarah Pyper (spy@rbcs.org.uk). If you have any news of specific achievements, births, deaths or marriages please also contact Sarah. For more general updates about what you have been doing since you left School, please visit Reading Blue Coat Connect and post an update and connect with other Old Blues.


Read 1646 online:



you can also keep up to date with alumni news on the Old Blues’ Facebook page:

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or make connections through the School’s LinkedIn page:

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