I sit typing with one ear on the radio to discover what her own MPs have decided should be the fate of our Prime Minister. As I will be saying to staff and Governors later today, one has to admire not only the dignity of this woman but also the extraordinary stamina that she has shown while drinking from the poisoned chalice, aka Brexit.

There is honour indeed in the completion of a task, and in the very idea of hard work and commitment to a cause. Of course, Mrs Elphinston may not want to be associated politically with Mrs May, but while Theresa stays on for a while, I want to wish our wonderful Chaplain, whose stamina and dignity is remarkable, a happy and blessed retirement. There would never have been a need for a vote of confidence in Ruth. She has been a stalwart of the School and we wish her every happiness. On that note, we also wish every success in their new ventures to Lynsey Nash (Estates Administrator) and Dave Whelan (Groundsman). They both have served BCS extremely well over the years and we thank them for their invaluable contribution to Blue Coat life.

As the Michaelmas term ends here at BCS we look back over a positive term with many great achievements. You will shortly be in receipt of our termly review, Out of the Blue. This magazine will highlight the many events at the School and will be uploaded to the School website shortly.

The final week of term saw a wonderful Prep Christmas concert and the Pre-Prep and Prep Carol Services. They were truly exceptional in their own ways. I must congratulate the children and staff for their hard work and dedication. These events ended the term in a traditional way, and summed up the wonderful community here at BCS. In fact, they were the perfect end to an excellent term.

On a personal note, I would like to thank all the parents for their kind cards, gifts and best wishes. They are greatly appreciated. We are building something very special here at Blue Coat and that is down to the hard work and support of staff, parents and the amazing children.

Have a great Christmas break!

Mr Noel Neeson | Headmaster