We welcome a new cohort of children joining at age 7 into our Prep School. From Year 3, the school moves up from three to four forms per year group. It is a lovely time to join the School!

A number of induction sessions are offered to smooth the transition for both current and prospective pupils. These include a special ‘Sorting Day’ when the new prep children find out which House they will join. The classes will be mixed up and the children will enjoy new classrooms, new 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 our Entrance Test Day for entry to Year 3. This takes place each February and is for any child at another school wishing to join Blue Coat (children currently at BCS do not need to apply as they will continue through the school). The test will involve some Maths and English tests. If you have any queries at all or would like to apply then do get in touch with our Admissions office –

For children who wish to join Year 3 in September 2023, here are the key dates you will need –

Open Morning – Saturday 21 January 2023

Application deadline – Monday 24 January 2023

Entrance Test Day – Saturday 4 February 2023

Interview and Music Scholarship Audition Day – Friday 10 February 2023

The entrance test ensures that children who join Year 3 will be happy learners and will thrive in Blue Coat’s learning environment. We receive more applications than we have available places, and we therefore take into account an English and Maths entry test and a recent school report. Siblings of current pupils are given priority for places providing they complete a successful entry test. Shortlisted applicants are also invited for an informal interview with a member of the Senior Leadership Team.



We offer academic and music scholarships worth 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.