2023-24 Term dates

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Michaelmas Term

Term begins

Tuesday 5 September 2023

Half term holiday

Monday 23 October – Friday 3 November 2023

Second Half Term begins

Monday 6 November 2023

End of term

Wednesday 13 December 2023

After school care available until 5pm

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Lent Term

Term begins

Thursday 4 January 2024

Half term holiday

Monday 12 February – Friday 15 February 2024

Second Half Term begins

Monday 19 February 2024

End of term

Friday 22 March 2024

After school care available until 5pm

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Trinity Term

Term begins

Monday 15 April 2024

Half term holiday

Monday 27 May – Friday 31 May 2024

Second Half Term begins

Monday 3 June 2024

End of term

11.45am on Wednesday 10 July 2024

No after school care available

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A group of children play on the outdoor playset, holding onto the ropes, the children smile at the camera while they play
Boys playing rugby. The boy with the ball is running forward whilst a boy from the opposing team tries to tackle him.

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Discover more about life at The Blue Coat School by exploring our Nursery, Pre-Prep and Prep photo galleries.

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Pastoral Care

Our pastoral care is driven towards creating a culture of kindness and respect in all that we do at School. 

Every member of staff has responsibility for the children’s wellbeing and places their wellbeing at the core of school life, engaging with children in a way which enables them to recognise their own value and worth by expressing and understanding their emotions. 

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Three girls walking away from the camera with their arms around each other.

Pupil leadership

There are over 250 leadership roles for children to get involved with throughout their time in Prep. Whether that is School Council, Eco-Committee, Digital Leader, Librarian, Chapel Monitor or a Science Ambassador, there is a vast array of opportunities. 

All Year 6 pupils will get the opportunity to take a lead role for their House or Head of School, as well as being a buddy for a Year 3 pupil to support their transition into Prep. 

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Our Uniform

There is a list of uniform which applies to all year groups, then specific items for Pre-Prep and Prep; summer and winter; and girls and boys.

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School Lunches

Delicious in taste, generous in choice and well balanced in nutrition. Our School lunches, provided by Holroyd Howe, specialists in high quality catering for independent schools, are hugely popular with pupils.

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Dietary requirements

All dietary requirements are catered for including vegetarian, vegan, Halal, gluten free and the whole School is a nut-free site.

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What’s on the menu

The lunch menu is on a three-week rotation and every day there are multiple options to choose from. There is always a food of the week, prepared in a multitude of ways to encourage children to try new things.

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Special Occasions

Sometimes our Dining Hall is unrecognisable as it is transformed into a Christmas Dinner Grotto, adorned in flags for country-themed days or awash with House colours for House events!

Houses

Pupils in Prep are assigned to one of our six Houses which they will represent in a range of competitions and events. The House system has been a significant part of Blue Coat’s history, dating back to the boarding house days, so there is a lot of pride associated with House competitions!

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Two girls walking up the stairs, chatting and smiling to each other.
Two girls walking up the stairs, chatting and smiling to each other.
Two girls walking up the stairs, chatting and smiling to each other.
Two girls walking up the stairs, chatting and smiling to each other.
Two girls walking up the stairs, chatting and smiling to each other.

After School Clubs

At The Blue Coat School we provide an extensive programme of Co-curricular activities for all children – 3 to 11 years. A wide range of activities supports the children to develop into well-rounded individuals who are able to take advantage of everything that life has to offer them, both at senior school and beyond. The clubs on offer encompass sport, music, science, language and the arts.

Clubs and Co-Curricular

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A girl running towards the camera and smiling in a Cross Country lesson.
A boy is sat at a table playing chess. His opponent is making a move and the player in the photo is thinking.
A pupil is being interviewed by another pupil behind a camera on a green screen and another pupil is looking at the editing screen.

Thinking, Exploring, Doing

In addition to the list of after school clubs, co-curricular activities are also built into the School’s weekly timetable with a ‘Thinking, Exploring, Doing’ lesson in Prep; a huge range of musical opportunities from Chapel Choir to concerts; performance sport squads; and performance opportunities such as plays and class assemblies.

At BCS, we champion innovative learning opportunities for every child to not only enable them to excel academically but to nurture a spirit of fun, adventure and curiosity.

School Trips

The Blue Coat School Birmingham is blessed to be situated in the middle of the country with easy access to road and rail networks for a world of enriching trips to support our pupils’ learning. All trips are designed to be immersive in their termly curriculum. 

‘Out of the classroom’ experiences begin in Nursery with a trip across the School site to Forest School, gradually increasing in distance and duration up to Year 6 which culminates in an overseas trip to France. 

School Trips

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