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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 2016, Jesse Elzinga, previously director of studies at Harrow. BA in comparative religion from Harvard and MSt (as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar) 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 assistant head of sixth form, before moving to St Edward's Oxford as head of RS, later becoming director of studies.

Suave, erudite and philanthropic (see Money Matters); staff say he is also consultative and efficient. ‘Listening is imperative, but I don’t like to waste time so once I’ve got the picture, I say, “Ok, I understand, let’s do this",’ he told us. Parents like his ‘inclusive approach’...

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