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Blue Coat Federation
Easter Newsletter 2015
Prospectus 2014-2015

Year 11 – Class of 2015

Blue Coat Sixth Form
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Admissions for 2015-2016 inc Courses, Bursary and Career Planning.

Academy Meals
[Academy Information]

Healthy Eating – Advice for Parents

We are delighted to welcome you to our website and academy. We hope that you will take every opportunity to ask questions about our ideals and ways of working.

At Blue Coat we believe education to be an undertaking of supreme importance. We are a dynamic community whose primary aim is to develop and enrich the lives of young adults in order that they can become responsible citizens and active participants and leaders in the wider community.

Blue Coat Academy thrives on positive relationships, ambition and inspiration. Our ethos is essential to how we present ourselves to the world. Our faith informs all that we undertake as a school. Our academic and behavioural  expectations are built upon the same ethical foundations that demand care for oneself and for others.

Our students come from many different backgrounds and faiths and we use the richness that this diversity brings to enhance the learning opportunities which allow children to blossom and develop in a safe environment which has solid spiritual values.

The Blue Coat Foundation has a long history of providing an excellent Christian education for students. 300 years ago this education was provided for orphans and deprived children who wanted the benefits that a good education could bring. 300 years later, our students’ lives are completely different but their desire to be well educated within a caring family, lives on.

Learning and teaching at Blue Coat continues to be inspired by our motto, ‘Respice Prospice’ meaning ‘Look backward. Look forward’. We look back on and learn from our journey and continue it forward into the 21st Century, bringing your child the benefits of a long and distinguished heritage accompanied by a clear vision for the future.

We are confident that our strengths, achievements and commitment to partnership with parents provide a firm foundation upon which to build your child’s future.

Chair of Governing Body
Chair Finance Committee
Mr David Tonks

DAVID TONKS – Chair of Governors

David has been a Governor at Blue Coat for almost 30 years.

He did 2 years National Service (RAOC) posted to Malaya in the Far East and spent the first half of his working life in the Light Engineering Industry.

After 20 years in industry David became a Teacher of Craft Design Technology (CDT) and Careers.

He was a Church Warden at St Matthew’s but is now Warden Emeritus.

David has been a trustee of the Blue Coat Church of England Academy (Walsall) Trust since it became an Academy in 2012 and was elected Chair of Governors in both 2012 and 2013.

Vice Chair of Governing Body
Chair Teaching & Learning Committee
Mrs Susan Bailey

SUSAN BAILEY – Vice Chair of Governors

Susan has worked within the education system for a number of years enjoying a variety of roles and responsibilities. She is currently Assistant Principal at an outstanding school in Birmingham.

She has considerable experience in the use of assessment to support learning, an understanding of data and an insight into how children learn.

Sue says she feels confident that she is able to use the skills gained to offer support and challenge to Blue Coat Academy.

She was elected Vice Chair in 2013 and is also Chair of the Teaching, Learning and Curriculum sub committee.

Clerk to the Governors
Mrs Sheila Perry

Ms Marie-Therese Ayodele : Parent Governor

Mr Richard Everitt : Staff Governor

Mr A Orlik : Governor

Mr Steve Rayner : Foundation Governor

STEVE RAYNER – Foundation Governor


Steve is a qualified architect and is Property Adviser for the Lichfield Diocesan Board of Education. He worked as an architect in private and public practice and for a Black County housing association where he combined the role of architect and development manager. His interest is in helping schools create the best possible built environment in which to learn and teach.

He served for 10 years as Foundation Governor of a Church of England Primary School in Wolverhampton and is a Foundation Governor for Blue Coat Academy.

Steve is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

Mrs Joy Roberts : Parent Governor

Mrs Angela Stephenson : Staff Governor

Rev Jim Trood : St Mathew’s Incumbent

Mrs Jacqeline Walker : Foundation Governor

Mrs Pat Walters : Foundation Governor

Mr A Westerman : Principal


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