“I am so proud to be the Head Boy at Blue Coat School. It is a great honour to represent the School and to support the Headmaster in this way. Blue Coat is a wonderful place where everyone is able to thrive and flourish. I have a smile on my face whenever I go through the School gates each morning and greet all my friends and teachers. I love playing sport and take great pride in representing the School and House Teams, whether in rugby, football, cricket or hockey. I am very proud to be a member of the Chapel Choir, singing at the School services and I love playing the trombone in the School orchestra, wind band and jazz band. All of my teachers and friends are incredibly supportive and the School’s values are very much at the heart of everything we do. I feel very much at home at Blue Coat and can’t imagine a happier place to be at school.”
Joined: Buttons Nursery
“Blue Coat has been like a second home for me! I love the opportunities given in so many aspects: music, sports, art and much much more. And of course I love the teaching! Each year there is a new set of fun activities and challenges to take part in. I love this school so much!
If asked why I would recommend the School, I would tell them all about the houses, the competitions and the welcoming feel. Surely that would tempt anybody?”
“This school is just exceptional, the facilities for the Arts, Sport, Academic, Music and everything in between. There is a substantial amount of brilliant features from long-lasting friends to school plays!
These are a few of my favorites: the clubs from judo or British Martial Arts, to fencing, chess and drama. I can guarantee all of the clubs are top-notch. There is also the House – it is really fun; cushioned, soft sofas, a multitude of board games and movie night. The friendships you make in the House will last you a lifetime. The things here are brilliant; it would be impossible to choose just one thing I love about Blue Coat.”
“My house is St. Margaret’s. We all work together to make the House a better place. We do different fun things such as ‘St Margaret’s Got Talent’. Blue Coat isn’t just a school we’re a family. We all support and empower each other.”
Joined: Buttons Nursery
“I enjoy spending time in the Houses at BCS for the sense of belonging that they give to me. When I am in my House I can make new friends. The House Heads do a great job of making everyone feel welcome and we always enjoy competing with other houses in sports and music! They are are unique ‘homes away from home’, where we build up our school family! As a House Captain I enjoy welcoming our new Year 3’s into our loving home. When I joined my house, I was extremely worried, but the house captain made me feel so welcome, and now I have achieved that position.”
“I enjoy life at Blue Coat so much. Being a Chapel Monitor this term has given me extra responsibility and I’ve been able to help Chaplain with the running of the Chapel. I look forward to having a go at ringing the Chapel bell and the exciting trip to see the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal warehouse!
I think you would enjoy life at Blue Coat, the teachers are really kind. This school gives you a lot of opportunities and facilities to enjoy and explore. Blue Coat will bring your full potential out. Life at Blue Coat is exciting and new things happen every day!”
“I really love the Blue Coat School – I have made lots of fantastic friends and the teachers have been great especially helping me with my confidence and my dyslexia. Music has been a big part of my Blue Coat life. Since Year 2 I have been playing the clarinet and singing. There have been so many opportunities to be involved in choirs and music groups like the jazz band, wind band and chapel choir. This year Mr Nicklin encouraged me to audition for the Birmingham Cathedral Choir and I got in! Now I sing there 4 times a week. I love being able to encourage the St Philip’s boys with their music every week in our house assembly.”
“I love the friendly environment that Blue Coat provides. I like the idea of a School Council as this means that everyone gets their say, and things are not just chosen by staff, pupils can chose things as well. I like the idea of Yr 6 having roles in school as people get a chance to show leadership qualities and have a chance before waiting another eight years to get a role in secondary school. As Deputy Head Boy, this has been an invaluable experience for me.”
Joined: Year 3
“I like the teachers at Blue Coat who work hard at making our lessons exciting, and I like mixing with my friends in the Houses. I enjoy participating in all the different music ensembles such as flute choir, and love all the fantastic facilities like the Astro and swimming pool. I would say to prospective families “Come join Blue Coat because it will help nurture your child to become the best they can be!”.
“I enjoy all the sports options provided such as IAPS for netball and hockey I also like TED for Years 5 and 6, where you get the choice to do forest school, sport, art and crafts and much more! I would say Blue Coat is a friendly and encouraging community where the pupil voice is heard. Additionally, the teachers are motivating and spend a useful amount of time with each child so that they learn to the best of their ability.”
“I really love the Houses at Blue Coat because you can make lots more friends and in Year 6 you even learn how to make tea for the teachers! It is a really good school because you are able to have a try at lots of sports, drama and music. If you are a girl, you can play hockey, netball and rounders, you can be in productions and you can sing in lots of choirs. It is such good fun!”
“I love all the amazing facilities at Blue Coat, especially the pool because I am in swim squad and get to use it lots. It’s also great that Year 6 pupils have “The Hub” which is a block just for our year group. I am also lucky enough to be in Chapel Choir and we get to perform at lots of chapel services and concerts throughout the year.
Best of all though, are the friends I have made, some I have known since Transition and some have only joined more recently, but it always feels like we are one Blue Coat family! On my very first day at school, I made two friends who are still my best friends now, in Year 6, even though we aren’t in the same class anymore. It’s a really friendly school and you can easily make friends. We also have some fantastic teachers who make lessons fun. My favourite lessons are DT and Computing, I have really enjoyed learning to code with Mr Hill.”
“My educational journey at The Blue Coat School started nine years ago in Buttons. The friendly environment at the school has encouraged me to be a confident person by providing opportunities to explore my abilities and creativity. My teachers enlightened me with their knowledge yet inspired me to think beyond and persevere.
I love being a chapel monitor because it gives me a sense of responsibility and a chance to contribute in the vibrant school life by playing an active role .”
This is my eighth and final year at BCS and I have done many extraordinary things. I am Deputy Head Girl and I am in the Chapel Choir. As a result of this I now sing with the Girls at Birmingham Cathedral Choir. Being DHG means I can help anyone who needs it: it can be anything from holding a door to running the Lower School School Council (Years 3 and 4).
I have had great opportunities, playing in netball, hockey and rounders matches, as well as theatre visits and residential trips. I am very much looking forward to our Year 6 French Trip which is towards the end of this academic year. For any parents and children, this is an amazing school and myself and the rest of BCS are privileged to come here.
“I enjoy that the teachers ensure lessons are fun. Taking part in sports, art, music, design and technology is encouraged and all the facilities are excellent. Being chapel monitor has encouraged me to be more responsible and makes me feel more important in the running of the school. Blue Coat School feels less like a school and more like a family.”
The things I liked most about Blue Coat are the sports because you get to be active and you stay fit. I also like all the creative arts because you can let your imagination run wild and free. In music you can write your own songs and then make you own tune to it. You can make very good friends and the teachers are lovely, kind and thoughtful.
“Everybody is happy at the school and the teachers are really friendly. If you ever had a problem you could tell your form teacher or your pastoral tutor. It helps you with the exams and the 11 plus and things like that.”