Bishops' Blue Coat Church of England High School

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The Bishops' Blue Coat Church of England High School, Chester
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Motto Know. Nurtured. Inspired
Established 1984
Type Academy
Religion Church of England
Headteacher Ian Wilson BA, PGCE, MA, NPQH
Chair Rt Revd Keith Sinclair, Bishop of Birkenhead
Location Vaughans Lane
53°11′03″N 2°51′59″W / 53.18422°N 2.86636°W / 53.18422; -2.86636Coordinates: 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 144
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 Ian Wilson. The School is 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 around 1,060 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 1 April 2011.

2015 Exam Results[edit]

In 2015, 68% of A Level students did not obtain any A* to C grades. 76% of GCSE students achieved 5+ A* to C grades.

School Buildings[edit]

The School Reception and the "W" Block

The school has 5 main buildings.

These buildings include:

  • "C" - Centre block - used for History, Music, Religious Studies among numerous others. It also homes the main entrance to the school, as well as a sports hall, public library, school canteen and a sixth form common room.
  • "S" - Science block - as the school specialises in science, it holds vast resources for all science practical lessons.
  • "W" - Named honoring The Reverend Canon Andrew White - used for Maths and English, as well as an ICT suite.
  • "D" - Design block - used for Design and Technology, Art and Home Economics.
  • "N" - New block - an unconventional "block" with different buildings both permanent and temporary scattered around the school, used for Geography and Modern Foreign Languages

The school also possesses a building solely used as an assembly hall, and is currently constructing a new "humanities" block. A £1.6 million sixth form building is currently under construction.

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
  • Canteen
  • Resources Room
  • Medical Room
  • 9 Science Laboratories
  • Workshops (3) and Art Classrooms (3)
  • English and Media Studies classrooms
  • Wide variety of Sport equipment
  • Library
  • Assembly Hall and Theatre Stage
  • Drama Studio and Amphitheatre
  • 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 include handball, rock climbing, cheerleading, volleyball and fencing. In addition, the school has a Concert and Training Band.