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

Vice Chair of Governing Body
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 has been Vice Chair since 2013.

Clerk to the Governors
Ms Joanne Cowles

Past Governors


Mrs M Ayodele : Disqualified 29-3-16

Mr R Everitt : Resigned 30-8-16

Mr P Hearne : Resigned 11-4-16

Mr J Power : Resigned 30-8-16

Mrs A Stephenson : Resigned 30-8-16

Mrs P Walters: Resigned 11-4-16

Mr A Westerman : Resigned 31-12-15

Mr Richard Everitt : Staff Governor

Mrs Carole Howard : Foundation Governor

CAROLE HOWARD – Foundation Governor


Carole worked for District Audit when she first left university; her academic background is in Occupational Psychology and Vocational Guidance, having a BSC from the University of Surrey and a Post Graduate Qualification from the Birmingham Polytechnic.

She has had a long association with the school as her daughter progressed through the Blue Coat Schools from 1985 to 1999, culminating in being Head Girl in her final year. Carole is proud to be part of the Bluecoat Family and as a local resident is committed to the development of school community links.

Mrs Pamela Mills : Parent Governor

Mrs Latoya Nivore : Parent Governor

Mr A Orlik : Co-opted Governor

Mr John Proctor : Foundation Governor



John is a regular worshipper at St. Martin’s Church Walsall where he has been a member for over thirty five years. He has served as a member of the DCC and PCC and as Church Warden

John was a teacher for 37 years serving in Staffordshire, Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Dudley. He spent the last part of his teaching career as a Deputy Head teacher in a successful Dudley school. In that capacity he worked with the governing body over many years.

He has special interest in Child protection (Safeguarding) and in School improvement. He also serves as a governor at another Walsall School and a School unit.

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.

Mrs Joy Roberts : Co-opted Governor

Mr J Sohal : Foundation Governor

Mr D Smith : Principal

Rev Jim Trood : St Matthew’s (Ex-officio)

Rev JIM TROOD – St Matthew’s (Ex-officio)


Jim was ordained in 2002 having been a Maths and PE teacher prior to that. He taught in Scarborough and Burnley and loved being a teacher. Jim left teaching because he believed God was calling him to be a minister in the Church of England. After training at St John’s, Nottingham, he served as a curate at a church in North Blackpool before moving to be a vicar at St George’s Church, Tamworth in 2006 where he was also the Rural Dean for 5 years and Vice Chair of Governors at a local school.

In January 2015 Jim moved to take up the post of Rector of St Matthew’s, Walsall.

Mrs Sue Wedgewood : Foundation Governor


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