Monday, 17 February 2020

Nurturing is what we do

THE nurture and development of every pupil as a well-rounded individual lies at the heart of

THE nurture and development of every pupil as a well-rounded individual lies at the heart of all that we do at Reading Blue Coat School.

This is most evident in the pupils who leave the school, not only with a handful of impressive A-level results but also having accomplished excellence in the arts and in sport, having learned invaluable life lessons and having made lasting friendships along the way.

The school is situated in a beautiful 46-acre site by the River Thames in the village of Sonning.

The new design technology centre will be completed later this year and will complement the school’s impressive facilities, including the new IT centre, the psychology and geology block, the 23-classroom Richard Aldworth Building, an extensive sixth form centre, an all-purpose sports hall, an indoor swimming pool, a purpose-built science centre and a cricket pavilion.

There is a buzz and excitement about academic life at Blue Coat, where our friendly and supportive environment enables pupils to flourish and thrive. Our aim is to produce confident, flexible and creative learners and we challenge our pupils to listen carefully, examine issues from a variety of perspectives and solve problems using multiple approaches.

Academic achievement is valued highly and the school has enjoyed strong results in recent years. Learn more about our results and university destinations at our website,

Our curriculum is designed to provide the best possible preparation for life after school.

Careers education runs throughout the school to help students make the right choices as they consider their options for university and beyond.

In the sixth form particularly, students are given weekly careers guidance, guest speakers feature at a special higher education evening and events include a careers fair, a UCAS convention at Reading University and group university visits.

Pupils are also encouraged to participate in a wide range of  co-curricular activities. The school offers generous provision in sport, the arts, the Combined Cadet Force, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Young Enterprise and a wide variety of additional activities.

Major sports offered include rugby, football, rowing, cricket, tennis, netball, athletics and hockey as well as basketball, badminton, climbing, cross-country, weight training, swimming and lifesaving, golf and lacrosse. Travel is an essential part of our pupils’ spiritual development. Not only does it place their education in context by improving their fluency in languages by taking them to places they have learned about and introducing them to different cultures but also by teaching them to know and appreciate their own place in the world.

For this reason, Blue Coat offers numerous opportunities to travel to all manner of locations, from places as close as Devon and Cornwall to those as far and exotic as Nepal, Ecuador and Morocco.

Blue Coat is an independent day school for boys aged 11 to 18 and girls aged 16 to 18.

For more information, please call Mrs Jane Jarrett or Ms Audrey Fernandes in admissions on  0118 944 1005 or email

Further information is also available on the school’s website,

You can also follow goings-on at Blue Coat on Twitter: @ReadingBlues and Facebook, BlueCoatl

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