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End of Term Letter from the Principal 

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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

Chair of Governing Body
Rev Huw Bishop

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

LIST OF PAST GOVERNORS

Mrs S Wedgewood : Resigned 31-8-17

Mrs L Nivore : Expired 30-10-17

Mrs C Howard : Resigned 15-5-17

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 K Jones : Foundation Governor

Mrs Pamela Mills : Parent Governor

Mr A Orlik : Co-opted Governor

Mr John Proctor : Foundation Governor

JOHN PROCTOR – Governor

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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

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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

Mr David Tonks : Foundation Governor

DAVID TONKS – Foundation Governor

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 had been Chair of Governors since it became an Academy in 2012.

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

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

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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.

Vacancy : Parent Governor


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