We welcome approximately 28 new children into Year 3 each year at Blue Coat. The year group expands at this stage, from three to four forms per year group. It is a lovely time to join the School!

A number of welcome sessions are offered to smooth the transition for both current and prospective pupils. These include a special ‘Sorting Day’ when all new prep children find out which House they will join. The classes will be mixed up and the children will enjoy new classrooms, specialist subject teachers and access to the School’s state of the art facilities. They will enjoy a varied curriculum including subjects such as French, STEM, Humanities, Creative Arts, Music and lots of Sport. Our facilities are second to none and include an indoor swimming pool, astro, Science Lab, Creative Arts Studio and Computing Centre with a giant green screen. It is brilliant preparation for Senior School life!


Your child will need to attend two Admissions Mornings for entry to Year 3. These usually take place each February and are for any child at another school wishing to join Blue Coat into Year 3 (children currently at BCS do not need to apply as they continue through the school). One morning involves some Maths and English tests and the other involves a group activity and a chance for parents to meet a teacher. The admissions process ensures that children who join Year 3 will be happy learners and will thrive in Blue Coat’s learning environment. We receive many more applications than we have available places. Siblings of current pupils are given priority for places providing they are successful in the assessment process.

The admissions process for children wishing to join Year 3 in September 2023 has now taken place. We look forward to welcoming all our new Year 3s in September! We do have a waiting list for children of this age for late applicants, as places can still arise at any point, so please get in touch with our Admissions office – – if you would like your child to be added to the waiting list.

For children entering Year 2 in September 2023, our applications for joining Year 3 in September 2024 are now open. The dates for the admissions process will be updated on here soon. In the meantime, you are welcome to either apply now or come along to visit the school.


We offer academic and music scholarships worth up to 25% of the school fees, and we are also fortunate enough to have funding for children to attend Blue Coat with up to 100% bursaries. Please see more details on scholarships and bursaries here.