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  • Reading Blue Coat School
    Holme Park
    Sonning Lane
    Sonning on Thames
    Reading
    Berkshire
    RG4 6SU
  • Head: Mr Jesse Elzinga
  • T 01189 441005
  • F 01189 442690
  • E admissions@rbcs.org.uk
  • W www.rbcs.org.uk
  • A mainstream independent school for boys aged from 11 to 18
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Wokingham
  • Pupils: 750
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: £15,660 pa
  • Open days: General: October and April; Sixth Form: October
  • Review: View the Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

Given its wonderful riverside location and fine new boathouse, one might expect trophy cabinets bursting with rowing glory but, so far, Abingdon and Eton are beating them to it. Instead Reading Blue Coat's sporting successes take place on the soccer,...

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What the school says...

At Blue Coat we pride ourself on being a welcoming and friendly community where every pupil can find their niche. School life is based on trust, courtesy and good will and we pride ourselves on the individual attention that we give all our pupils. We look back on over 350 years of education but believe we are a forward-thinking school, open to fresh ideas, recognising the value of structure and discipline in young people's lives.

Everything that we do is founded on a strong commitment to pastoral care. We hope to nourish a love of learning and a genuine excitement about the possibilities of academic life, while also preparing our students effectively for the challenge of public examinations. There is a rich and varied programme of co-curricular activities which allows for every taste and temperament, Involvement in these activities builds confidence and gives an invaluable sense of perspective.

Visiting Blue Coat is the best possible way to experience how the school works and you will always be assured of a warm welcome. There are regular Open Days or Open Afternoons, weekly small-group visits and individual appointments. Every student will be given a tour of the school by a Sixth Form pupil, following their interview with me or one of my senior colleagues.
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What The Good Schools Guide says

Given its wonderful riverside location and fine new boathouse, one might expect trophy cabinets bursting with rowing glory but, so far, Abingdon and Eton are beating them to it. Instead Reading Blue Coat's sporting successes take place on the soccer, rugby, hockey and cricket fields with a number of boys also playing...

Headmaster

Since September 2016, Jesse Elzinga, previously director of studies at Harrow. BA in comparative religion from Harvard and MSt (part-time master's) from Oxford. The only student ever to go from his Detroit state school to Harvard, he captained varsity lightweight rowing there, twice winning the national championship in the eight. His first job was teaching theology and philosophy at Whitgift, later becoming head of sixth form, before moving to St Edward's Oxford as director of studies. He and his wife Elaina have a young

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