On the day he handed in his notice as Europe Director for BSkyB to fight for Britain to take back control of Europe through his think-tank, British Influence, Peter Wilding wrote an article saying: “Unless a clear view is pushed that Britain must lead in Europe at the very least to achieve the completion of the single market then the portmanteau for Greek euro exit might be followed by another sad word, Brexit.” From then on, this six-letter word has become probably the most used in our lexicon. It fits so comfortably into a newspaper’s headline structure; it rolls so easily off the tongue; unlike the process which it defines, it is short and sweet. Soon – possibly before we return to school after Easter – editors will be required to think of alternative front page stories. Happily, customs unions, backstops, red lines and the rest can be shelved. The hysteria, the chaos and the confusion will be over. And half the country – or actually rather less than that fraction – will have at least 50 percent of what they think they wanted. A significant chunk, will have broken away from the EU.

Meanwhile, our school will have broken up. And that strange expression makes me think. What, I wonder, would be the equivalent word for the Blue Coat end of term this week? The night when children go home for the last time, leaving ghosts in the classrooms. BLEXIT, I suppose! Can I be the first to wish you all – pupils and staff alike – a carefree and relaxing break. I recommend to myself, at least, that all news broadcasts and newsfeeds be ignored until withdrawal is complete, for better or for worse. The highlights of all of this term’s hard work and events can be viewed in our new Out of The Blue Magazine here.

Let’s move on to happier events. The final week of term has been a celebration of all things good about BCS. On Tuesday morning Prep celebrated what has been a massive success in terms of Academics, Music, Creative Arts and Sport. It certainly has been a busy and rewarding term for so many, and as Headmaster there is much to be thankful for. Well done to all the children who have given so much over the course of the Lent term and to the teachers, who so often go ‘above and beyond’.

Pre-Prep had a beautiful Easter service conducted by our new Chaplain, Becky Drake. The children performed to a very high standard. Thank you to all the littlest ones, who never fail to amaze me with their can do attitude. The future is definitely bright!

Thursday was a special day for Mrs Drake, our new Chaplain. It was wonderful to welcome Bishop David to Chapel to commission and license her. A special mention must go to the Rev Dr Nick Tucker for conducting the service. It was a fitting way to welcome Becky to the Blue Coat family. We are all very excited about working with her in the Chapter of the School.

At the end of term, we say farewell to Miss Lizzie Barrett. We wish Lizzie good luck at LIV Village in Durban. She has been a great servant to the children over the years. Thank you, Lizzie, for all your hard work and care.

Finally, thank you to all the parents for all your support to the School. Much as I look forward to living in Birmingham post – Brexit, I look forward even more to sharing new developments after our Easter Break.

Mr Noel Neeson | Headmaster