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  • Reading Blue Coat School
    Holme Park
    Sonning Lane
    Sonning on Thames
    RG4 6SU
  • Head: Peter Thomas
  • T 01189 441005
  • F 01189 442690
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • An independent school for boys aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Wokingham
  • Pupils: 820; sixth formers: 301 (101 girls, 200 boys)
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Fees: £18,039 pa
  • Open days: See website for virtual events
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

Lower school curriculum currently being overhauled ‘so it suits both boys and girls.’ Finer details still being ironed out but expect slightly longer lessons and greater presence of female role models appearing in lesson content. Academic but not overly pressurised, say parents. ‘The school takes education to a whole new level in terms of engaging the children in learning,’ said one. Involvement in music is compulsory – all students are auditioned for the choir and learn a musical instrument for the first two years. Seems to pay off, with plenty continuing and good take up for the orchestra and all the usual ensembles. Not too highbrow, with…

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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


Since September 2020, Peter Thomas, previously second master. Born and raised in Horsham, West Sussex; studied geology at Durham. An ex-copper, he worked for five years as a response officer for Sussex Police - and if you’re worried that means he’s a law, order and punishment fanatic, you should meet his brother who is an ex-prison-governor-turned-head. Seriously, though, they both left their previous lives for a reason – in our protagonist’s case, ‘to have a more positive impact,’ which fits with his sunny demeanour. And perhaps the writing was on the wall all along, given that their mum was a primary school teacher. He has only worked at two other schools - The Judd School in Tonbridge, where he taught for two years before joining Dauntsey’s School geography department. Was housemaster of both day...

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