Sport Vision Statement
Beyond Limits: A Culture of Sporting Excellence
The Blue Coat School’s vision for the Sport curriculum in Prep is built on the following principles which underpin our teaching and learning:
- Robust opportunities
- Building strength
- Courage to commit
- Lose with honour, win with grace
As a leading independent school for sport, we offer a comprehensive programme of physical and creative activities which encourages all pupils to participate in sport.
Our aim is for all children to enjoy Swimming, PE and Games by developing their self-esteem in both individual and team games, as well as in the gym and the swimming pool.
Timetabled hours of sport per week
Specialist sport teachers with different areas of expertise
Fixtures per year
As a Prep school, our sporting facilities are unrivalled. In recent years, we have invested in facilities which will enable a broad range of pupils to develop their sporting experience and for those with sporting ambition, support them to reach their potential.
The Blue Coat School are unique in having a 25-metre swimming pool in the sports centre. This enables pupils to begin swimming every week from Reception through to Year 6. Therefore, it is no surprise that many pupils compete regularly in regional and national galas.
Also in the Sports Centre is a small studio and a fully-matted studio for gymnastics and martial arts. The four-badminton-court sports hall has markings for badminton, netball and football. The hall is also used for indoor rugby and indoor hockey.
Outdoors, there is an AstroTurf pitch, cricket nets, a netball court and an expanse of grass pitches. These outdoors facilities are used for rugby, football, hockey, netball, cross country and athletics.
School for Cricket
The Blue Coat School is listed as one of the UK’s best schools for cricket in The Cricketer’s Schools Guide 2024.
U11 Girls & U11 Boys Hardball IAPS Champions 2023
in the Harborne District Cup 2023
in the IAPS Indoor Ski Championships Mixed U9 Race
Prep pupils are all assigned to one of the six Houses. There are a range of sporting competitions where pupils compete for their House including: cross country, rugby, hockey, netball and the high anticipated, annual sports day.
Every pupil who participates, whether they come first or last in the race, will earn points for their House so there is always a wonderful camaraderie during House sport events.
An impressive fixtures calendar sees the children regularly representing their House in intra-school matches, representing BCS at matches with local schools, as well as participating at national events such as the competitive IAPS and English Schools Swimming Association Championships.
The Blue Coat School is proud to have forged close links with local sports clubs and activity providers to enhance opportunities for our pupils in sport.
Diamond Swim Academy provide coaching for the swimming performance squads.
Complete Cricket facilitate the cricket after school club as well as camps during the School holidays.
The School has a longstanding partnership with Aston Villa Football Club who provide the coaches for the after school football club.
On Friday afternoons, a group of Year 5 and Year 6 pupils go to Edgbaston Priory Club to play squash during their TED (Thinking, Exploring, Doing) time. Professional squash coaches from the Club coach the session for our pupils.
Warwickshire County Cricket Club use the School’s facilities for some of their junior training. Many pupils have also played for Warwickshire’s U11 teams.