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The Blue Coat School Birmingham

Somerset Road
West Midlands
B17 0HR

+44 (0)121 410 6800

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ISC associations: IAPS, AGBIS, ISBA

Religious affiliation: Church of England

Day/boarding type: Day

Gender profile: Coeducational

Size: 622

The Blue Coat School Birmingham fees:

Day fees per term:
£2,223 to £4,492

Scholarships & bursaries:

ISC reference number:

DfE reference number:
330 / 6070

Boys - age range & pupil numbers:

Day: 3 to 11 (316)

Girls - age range & pupil numbers:

Day: 3 to 11 (306)

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At Blue Coat we offer several 7+ scholarships to children joining Year 3 each year, awarding both academic and musical excellence.

Four Academic Scholarships are awarded to children joining Year 3 each September who perform particularly well in the 7+ Entrance Test. Both internal and external pupils are eligible for an award. These cover up to 25% of the school fees. There is no need to make a separate application for an academic scholarship – all children who would like to join Year 3 and sit our Entrance Test are automatically considered.

Two Music Scholarships worth up to 25% of the school fees are awarded to children entering Year 3 each September who show musical promise. In addition, up to two Music Exhibitions may be awarded to cover the cost of instrumental tuition on one instrument.

Scholarships are only awarded if the child has also met the academic entry requirements of the 7+ Entrance Test. Children who would like to apply are expected to be working at Grade 2 level or equivalent (either to have already taken the Grade 2 exam, be working towards doing so, or be the equivalent standard if they do not take formal music exams). They must have been learning their instrument for a minimum of 12 months.

The Music Scholarship Audition will comprise of a performance of one piece on the candidate’s first instrument or the performance of two shorter pieces on two instruments. Following this, the Director of Music will hold a sight-reading test of an appropriate standard on the candidate’s first instrument, a series of short aural tests and a discussion of the candidate’s musical interests and experience to date. Please complete a Music Scholarship Application Form if you would like to be considered.

A written report will also be required from the child’s music teacher. The content of written instrumental reports remains confidential to the School and will be requested directly by the School from the teacher.



The Blue Coat School has a generous Assisted Places scheme that has seen numerous children attend the School that would otherwise have been unable to benefit from a Blue Coat education.

Indeed, the origins of The Blue Coat School began with all its pupils funded through subscription. The School is committed to continuing this tradition of support, and today, offers a number of means-tested Assisted Places to children entering Year 3 or 4. These may be children transferring from Pre-Prep or joining from another school. Depending on the financial circumstances of parents or guardians, children may qualify for a part-award or a full bursary.

If you would like to know if your child is eligible for an Assisted Place, please contact Mrs Wilkinson in the Finance Office:

T: 0121 410 6805
E: wilkinsonmj@thebluecoatschool.com


Scholarships & Bursaries offered

  • Academic scholarships
  • Music scholarships
  • Sibling discounts
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils

Disclaimer: Data is provided by the school, ISC is not responsible for inaccuracies