Welcome to Blue Coat Church of England Academy
At Blue Coat we believe education to be an undertaking of supreme importance. We are a dynamic community whose primary aim is to develop and enrich the lives of young adults in order that they can become responsible citizens and active participants and leaders in the wider community.
At Blue Coat we are proud to support our community and feel honoured when they support us.
Our close links with all local centres of worship serve to strengthen our belief in the value of a faith based education.
In co-operation with Age UK, our Sixth Form students organise an annual ‘Senior Citizens’ Christmas party and not only produce a seasonal buffet but also a spectacular variety show which is always well received.
All students are entitled to learn about enterprise and business and the success of our work related curriculum depends heavily on the frequent involvement of our many business partners who are always ready to support us
Blue Coat Academy thrives on positive relationships, ambition and inspiration. Our ethos is essential to how we present ourselves to the world. Our faith informs all that we undertake as a school. Our academic and behavioural expectations are built upon the same ethical foundations that demand care for oneself and for others.
Our students come from many different backgrounds and faiths and we use the richness that this diversity brings to enhance the learning opportunities which allow children to blossom and develop in a safe environment which has solid spiritual values.
The Blue Coat Foundation has a long history of providing an excellent Christian education for students. 300 years ago this education was provided for orphans and deprived children who wanted the benefits that a good education could bring. 300 years later, our students’ lives are completely different but their desire to be well educated within a caring family, lives on.
“Sixth form students speak very highly of their experiences within the academy, they make a significant contribution to the wider community.”
“Relationships between students and staff are strong….they value the support they are given to achieve their personal best.” Ofsted May 2011
In the sixth form a wide range of level 3 AS/A2/BTEC/OCR courses are available. We also offer level 2 courses in a variety of BTEC and GCSE subjects.
Whilst most of our year 11 students stay on into the sixth form, admission to post 16 courses is not automatic and depends on the students achieving 5 GCSE grades at grade ‘C’ or better and at least a ‘C’ grade in English.
At Blue Coat Academy we have ten computer rooms which are used throughout the school by all curriculum areas. There are also a number of computers within the Learning Resource Centre and sixth form students have access to a number of lap top computers. Blue Coat has their own Drama study and good music facilities.
Extra curricular activities
There are many extra curricular clubs and teams and all students are encouraged to attend at least one.
In addition, there are educational visits to many places of interest, both in this country, in mainland Europe and occasionally in Africa.
“Pupils participate in a good range of additional clubs and activities that cater for sporting, artistic and academic interests.”
Ofsted May 2010
The visit to The Gambia was a “life changing experience. The young people reported that they felt blessed to have been part of it”
SIAS June 2010
It is our belief that students benefit enormously if the relationship between home and the Academy is a strong one. We value your support and are always keen to hear what you have to say.
To this end, here is a strong Parent Council and all parents are invited to become members of this influential group.
Parents can get involved in the following ways:
The Academy Calendar - This is issued every year giving important dates in the school year.
Parent/Student Revision Help - Booklets are posted out to all parents whose children are preparing for exams. They outline what parents can do to help their child achieve higher grades.
Parents’ Evenings – individual meetings with class teachers to review progress and agree future actions.
Newsletter – This is a regular publication that is sent home with students or emailed to a given address, along with being distributed throughout the immediate locality, to Church of England Primary Schools, Churches within the Deanery and local businesses.
Sixth Form Magazine – Produced entirely by Sixth Form this publication is also widely distributed and highlights the many excellent extra - curricular activities undertaken by our senior students as well as celebrating academic successes..
Student Planners – Parents and Teachers are encouraged to use the student planners as a two way communication.
Parent Council – A group of parents who both challenge and support the Academy.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Blue Coat Church of England Academy directly.