The Blue Coat School is one of the best co-educational preparatory schools in the region. Children from age 3 to 11 receive a first-class education to achieve academic success, unique life experiences, new skills and knowledge, and excellent pastoral support in their important formative years.

Noel Neeson happily answering questions about being the Headmaster of the Blue Coat School


The opportunity to educate other people’s children is a rare privilege, bringing with it a huge responsibility to provide the best all-round education possible as we aim to prepare young people for happiness and success in their lives. As Head at The Blue Coat School I take this responsibility very seriously. With my staff, I care about the individual and pride myself in the warmth of a Christian community in which all our pupils feel valued.

Headmaster’s Welcome

Four pupils stand in St Philips' Cathedral dressed in different outfits representing the School's history, holding paper hearts to symbolise the Blue Coat Values.

and Values

Founded in 1722, The Blue Coat School has an iconic 300 year history in Birmingham, originating in St Philip’s Cathedral before moving to its current location in Edgbaston in 1932.

The BCS Values are at the heart of everything we do. Children follow School Values and are expected to be courteous, well-mannered and respectful of the opinions and rights of other members of the School community.


Behind the impressive facade and clock tower, its state-of-the-art facilities include:two brand new science laboratories

  • An impressive auditorium hall which regularly showcases music and drama performances
  • A range of grass and AstroTurf pitches for rugby, hockey, cricket, football and netball
  • A multi-purpose sports centre
  • 25-metre indoor swimming pool
  • Computing suite equipped with a green-screen broadcasting studio and an audio recording room
  • Fully equipped music centre for creating and producing music
  • Art studio
  • Forest School
  • Two libraries

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The Blue Coat School has an outstanding academic record and our pupils make rapid progress in all areas of the curriculum.
The School monitors pupil’s progress with a bespoke assessment tool: The BCS Blue. It is a secure, web-based interface in which staff, parents and pupils can view achievements, progress, and the next steps. It has already been shortlisted for two notable national awards which recognise The BCS Blue’s holistic approach and use of technology.


Academic Success 

Children are prepared for scholarships and examinations to prestigious local schools. The School enjoys particular success in the 11+ examinations to Birmingham Grammar Schools and the schools of the King Edward VI Foundation.


The Class of 2023 received: 

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Offers to senior schools

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Offers to Grammar Schools

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Scholarship offers

Our staff and governors

We pride ourselves with having a team of dedicated, knowledgeable and innovative Governors, teaching staff and support staff at BCS.


The Good Schools Guide

‘School should be the next best place to home,’ believes head, and we think he’s nailed it at this educationally rich environment that provides engagement, adventure and high aspiration. Not the only very academic school in the area, but ‘definitely the most balanced,’ say parents.’

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