Private Education Awards 2022 Page 21 LUX 2022 Private Education Awards The Blue Coat School greets pupils, staff, and families with an expanse of lush greenery and a beautifully manicured front lawn. This encompasses the School’s fields, used by pupils during breaktimes and Games lessons, as well as other activities in lessons that require interacting with the outside world such as Science and Personal, Social and Healthcare Education (PSHE). Thus, it encourages active, energetic young people in tune with the world around them. Moreover, whilst its exterior may look like it belongs on a postcard, it prides itself on the constant activity that characterises a school day, happily caring for its diverse and enthusiastic student body. Its architecture is also stunning. With a historical campus and iconic buildings, the school’s 15 acres are surrounded by culture and steeped in Birmingham’s vibrant history; The Blue Coat Chapel was consecrated in 1932 after the school moved to Harborne, still used as an active place of worship, central to school life. Furthermore, the statues of the Blue Coat Boy and the Blue Coat Girl stand below the Viney building’s prestigious The Blue Coat School is celebrating its 300th birthday this year and it continues to offer the highest standards of education. We live in fastchanging times. This means that providing an outstanding, progressive and traditional Prep school education is more important than ever. Our pupils consistently achieve excellent results, allowing them to gain places at the top Independent and Grammar Schools locally and nationally. But this is just one aspect of a multifaceted Blue Coat education. Pupils are supported to show ambition both within and beyond the classroom. May22252 The Blue Coat School Best Independent Day School and Nursery - West Midlands clocktower in homage to the old façade, one that stood prior to the school’s move near the St. Philip’s churchyard in Birmingham’s city centre. Alongside all this history, however, it also prizes its modernity and the way in which it provides a safe and contemporary environment for a pupil who will be stepping out into a diverse and dynamic world. The Prep Day Houses are similarly built to mirror this mentality of tradition living in tandem with the future. Holding memories of the School’s boarding days, the pupils of today continue to think of it as a ‘home away from home’, and The Blue Coat School certainly seeks to foster this with its continued tradition of care, enthusiasm, and excellence. Consequently, in the early morning and at the end of the day, pupils can partake in any manner of leisure activities to wind down after a long day of hard work and learning, relaxing by way of table tennis or football, or just chatting in spaces provided for them to build long lasting friendships that will follow them throughout their lives. With the city centre just 3 miles away, it’s sometimes hard to imagine that the hustle and bustle is that close; The Blue Coat School is a haven away from it all, with a garden, Astro-Turf pitch, Swimming Pool,cricket area, and forest school, as well as many more outstanding facilities and elements that allow it to provide exemplary resources. All of these elements combine to create opportunities for the children to connect with the environment even in such an urbanised area as Birmingham. Additionally, it hopes to promote learning without limits, preparing its pupils for happiness, success, and well-rounded lives. Our Year 6 pupils have again excelled in their Independent and Grammar school entrance assessments. The class of 2022 have received an impressive 204 offers to Independent Senior Schools as well as an outstanding 82 offers for Grammar Schools. In addition, 69 children were awarded 79 scholarships to independent schools both within the region and beyond. Scholarships for academic achievement were in abundance and there were also numerous awards recognising the talents of BCS pupils in sport, music and the performing arts. BCS pupils will be embarking on their senior school studies at leading independent institutions including King Edward’s School, King Edward VI High School for Girls, Edgbaston High School for Girls, Solihull School, St George’s School, Priory School, Bromsgrove School, Eton College, Cheltenham Ladies College, Wells Cathedral School, Ipswich School and Winchester College. Company: The Blue Coat School Contact: Rachel Kearney, Admissions Registrar Website: Jun22509