The two main entry points to The Blue Coat School are aged 3 years into Nursery and aged 7 years into Year 3. For this reason we recommend applying as soon as possible after birth or once your child enters Year 2.

Outside of joining at age 3 and age 7, places only arise to join Blue Coat if children leave the school. This is rare, but places do sometimes arise. We therefore have waiting lists for each age group.

Waiting Lists for The Blue Coat School

To be placed on the waiting list, please email our Admissions Registrar, Mrs Kearney, with your child’s name, date of birth and your contact details then you will receive email confirmation of your allocation to the waiting list. We will contact those on the waiting list as soon as a place becomes available, but this does not always happen within an academic year. However, if a place becomes available mid-year, we do encourage children to start as soon as possible and not wait for the start of the next academic year.

There is no numerical order to our waiting list. Should a place arise in a given age group, priority is given to any children who have siblings currently at the School. If there are no siblings to consider, allocation is then based on how soon families have applied after birth.

We also try to ensure a balance of male and female in each year group, and consider families with siblings who have provisional places to join the school the following academic year.

If no places arise in a given year then we will let you know and will check whether you would like your child to remain on our waiting list for the following year. There is therefore no need to apply for the waiting list each year, children will just move to the next year group if you would still like them to be considered.

Children on the waiting list under the age of 6 are welcome to be considered for entry at age 7.