Birmingham Blue Coat School

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The Blue Coat School Birmingham Limited
Somerset Road

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B17 0HR

Coordinates52°27′38″N 1°56′24″W / 52.460435°N 1.94013°W / 52.460435; -1.94013Coordinates: 52°27′38″N 1°56′24″W / 52.460435°N 1.94013°W / 52.460435; -1.94013
TypeIndependent School
MottoGrow In Grace
Established1722; 299 years ago (1722)
Department for Education URN103580 Tables
HeadmasterNoel Neeson
Age3 to 11
Enrolmentc. 580

The Blue Coat School is a preparatory school in Birmingham, England for children aged 3 to 11. It has 15 acres of gardens and playing fields. There are two sections to the school - Pre-Prep (including Nursery) and Prep.


Blue plaque on the site of the original Blue Coat School

The school was founded in 1722[1] as a charity school under the guidance of Reverend William Higgs, Rector of St Philip's Church, now Birmingham Cathedral.[2] At its outset, it provided food, clothing and education to 32 boys and 20 girls from poor families, aged between nine and 14.[3] The school was originally located at 5 St Philip's Place (formerly the Prudential Assurance building). The old school site is now commemorated by a blue plaque.[4]

In 1930,[5] it moved from the northeast corner of St. Philip's Square to new buildings designed by Henry Walter Simister at its current location on Somerset Road, on the border between Edgbaston and Harborne.


During the 1880s, the older boys were instructed in phonology by Marie Bethell Beauclerc, a pioneer in the teaching of shorthand.[citation needed]

Further reading[edit]

John D Myhill. Blue Coat: A History of the Blue Coat School, Birmingham, 1722-1990. Meridian Books, 1991.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "History". The Blue Coast School. The Blue Coat School. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 March 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Blue Coat School History
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 June 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Dargue's History of Birmingham, p. 294
  4. ^ "Blue Coat School, Birmingham". Open Plaques. Open Plaques community-based project. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  5. ^[permanent dead link] Inspection report