General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
From 25 May 2018 there are new regulations governing how we use your personal data. A letter explaining how the school is responding to the changes has been sent to all parents.
Sometimes pupils may ask for pain relief at school e.g. paracetamol. Generally, school staff should not give non-prescribed medication to pupils. This is because they may not know whether the pupil has taken a previous dose or whether the medication may interact with other medication being taken. Therefore as a school we will NO LONGER be providing paracetamol to our students upon request. (This does not affect other prescription medicines).
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“A friendly atmosphere is evident, including in how pupils treat one another in lessons and at social times. Positive relationships are also seen between pupils and staff. Pupils are polite to visitors and speak highly of their school community”
Ofsted January 2018
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.
As a Church of England school our ethos and values are based in Christian traditions but our students come from many different backgrounds and faiths and we use the richness that this diversity brings to enhance the learning opportunities.At Blue Coat we are committed to supporting young people through their journey through secondary education in a community which cares for each pupil as an individual. As a parent, I understand that a secondary school needs to balance the demands of nurturing individuals to fulfil their academic potential with ensuring that children feel happy and safe in school. We are also committed to developing young people as caring, responsible and active citizens within the wider community.
The Christian ethos within our school is central to all we do and as a community we thrive on developing positive relationships and building mutual respect. We set high aspirations for all students and encourage pupils to make the most of their talents, while also enjoying the challenge of mastering new skills. The Christian values on which the school is founded, underpin all aspects of our work and form the basis of our academic and behavioural expectations. We have high expectations of everyone at Blue Coat and we strive to continually enhance the Academy as a learning community, looking for ways to develop and improve, embracing new technology and adapting to the demands of the modern world. We are always looking for ways to learn from past experience to build a better future, which is the basis of our motto “Respice, Prospice” meaning “Look backward. Look forward”.
We are very proud of our links with St. Matthew’s Church and are in the very fortunate position to be able to hold a weekly assembly in church, where the whole Academy gathers together to enjoy reflection delivered by a wide range of people from the school and the wider community. The Academy benefits greatly from the support The Rector of Ts. Matthew’s, Rev. Jim Trood and the wider church family from St Matthew’s and beyond. We are also fortunate to have a youth worker who works both in the school and across the parish.
The Blue Coat Foundation has along history of providing excellent Christian education for students. This began hundreds of years ago where education was provided for orphans and deprived children who wanted the benefits that a good education could bring. In the modern world, the lives of young people are completely different but the desire to be well educated with a caring family lives on.
As a Church of England secondary school, Blue Coat Academy is in a unique position in Walsall, we are confident that the Christian ethos and values on which the school was founded provide the foundations on which success and fulfillment are based. We would warmly welcome you to visit the Academy to see us at work and answer any questions which you may have.
Mr D Smith – Principal