Bishops' Blue Coat Church of England High School

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The Bishops' Blue Coat Church of England High School, Chester
Motto A first choice school for care and achievement[citation needed]
Established 1984
Type Academy
Religion Church of England
Headteacher Justin Blakebrough
Chair Rt. Rev. K. Sinclair
Location Vaughans Lane
England Coordinates: 53°11′03″N 2°51′59″W / 53.18422°N 2.86636°W / 53.18422; -2.86636
Local authority Cheshire West and Chester
DfE URN 111455 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 143
Students 1,080
Gender Co-educational
Ages 11–18
Colours Navy Blue / Mint Green

The Bishops' Blue Coat Church of England High School is a secondary school in Chester, United Kingdom. It is an academy and the current Headteacher is Mr Justin Blakebrough.

It is also an affiliated school of the Woodard Group of Schools.

School history[edit]

The Bishops’ Blue Coat Church of England High School was founded in 1984 after an agreement between Cheshire County Council and the Church of England. The Bishops of Chester and Birkenhead were instrumental in the school’s foundation.

The Bishops’ High School is the only Anglican secondary school in the Cheshire West & Chester Local Authority and at present one of only two within the Chester Diocese. The other, Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School, is in Warrington.

Since 1984 the school has grown in size. Today 1060 attend, including 160 sixth form students. A massive investment in new buildings and facilities has accompanied this growth in numbers.

Academy status[edit]

The results of a consultation between 14 December 2010 and 13 January 2011 indicated a clear majority of parents, staff and the wider community to be in favour of the school applying for Academy Status. The Bishop of Chester, the Diocesan Board of Education and the Blue Coat foundation expressed their support for the change of status, and The Bishops' Blue Coat C of E High School became an Academy on the 1st April 2011.[citation needed]

Exam Results[edit]

In 2011, A level students obtained the schools best results ever. 56% of students attained top grades A*/A and B.

The school also achieved its best ever GCSE results. 83% of its Year 11 students achieved at least 5 A*-C grades, with 68% attaining 5A*-C including English and Mathematics.

In 2010, 79% of pupils achieved 5 or more A* - C grades and 58% achieving 5 or more A*-C grades including English and Maths. In the 6th Form 53% of grades obtained at A Level were A*-B grades.[citation needed]

School Facilities[edit]

The school is set in extensive and landscaped grounds, the largest of any school in Cheshire, close to the River Dee. Each subject has its own suite of specialist rooms and further planned development will provide more facilities in the coming years.

Facilities include:

  • Sports Hall
  • Cricket and Football Pitches
  • Athletics Track and Sand Pit
  • Tennis Courts
  • Library
  • Canteen
  • Resources Room
  • Assembly Hall and Theatre Stage
  • Medical Room
  • Drama Studio and Amphitheatre
  • 9 Science Laboratories
  • 3 Workshops and 3 Art Classrooms
  • Sixth Form Social and Study Areas
  • 7 Computer Suites and study areas with over 400 PCs and laptops for use by students
  • 31 classrooms with ICT projectors and/or interactive whiteboards


Sports at the school Handball, Rock Climbing, Cheerleading, Volleyball and Fencing. Besides sports, the school has a Concert and Training Band.

Notable pupils and teachers[edit]