Birmingham Blue Coat School

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The Blue Coat School Birmingham Limited
Motto Grow In Grace
Established 1722
Type Independent School
Headmaster Mr Noel Neeson
Location Birmingham
West Midlands
B17 0HR
Coordinates: 52°27′38″N 1°56′24″W / 52.460435°N 1.94013°W / 52.460435; -1.94013
DfE number 330/6070
DfE URN 103580 Tables
Students c.580
Gender Co-educational
Ages 2–11

The Blue Coat School is a preparatory school in Birmingham, England for children aged 2 to 11. The school was founded in 1722.[1] In 1930,[2] it moved from the northeast corner of St. Philip's Square to its current location on Somerset Road, on the border between Edgbaston and Harborne. It has 15 acres of gardens and playing fields. There are three sections to the school - Buttons Nursery, Pre-Prep and Prep.


Blue plaque on the site of the original Blue Coat School

The school was founded as a charity school under the guidance of Reverend William Higgs, Rector of St Philip's Church, now Birmingham Cathedral.[3] At its outset, it provided food, clothing and education to 32 boys and 20 girls from poor families, aged between nine and 14.[4] 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.[5]


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]


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  2. ^[permanent dead link] Inspection report
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-03-29. Retrieved 2012-05-10.  Blue Coat School History
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-06-08. Retrieved 2012-05-10.  Dargue's History of Birmingham, p. 294
  5. ^ Open Plaques website