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We were delighted to open a door off the library and find a several boys relaxed on beanbags reading. The world of geology has much to thank Reading Blue Coat for - the serendipitous result of a former teacher’s passion for rocks is a dedicated lab full of fascinating specimens. Given its Thames-side location and fine boathouse, the school’s rowing glory will come as no surprise, with the head reeling off details of every recent local, regional and national win...

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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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Headmaster

Since September 2020, Peter Thomas, previously second master. Born and raised in Horsham, West Sussex, he read geology at Durham before working for five years as a response officer for Sussex Police. A move into teaching began at The Judd School in Tonbridge, where he taught for two years before joining Dauntsey’s School geography department. Was housemaster of both day and boarding houses and he also coached football and rugby and ran the Christian Union.

Married to Emily, a language teacher, with whom he has four sons and an obedient lab, Arthur. Downtime means time as a family, he says, ‘perhaps enjoying some camping, being involved with a church and enjoying the delights of the Blue Coat area’.

Academic matters

Academic, for sure, but not overly pressurised. ‘The school takes education to a...

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