Welcome to Co-Curricular
We are able to offer quite a unique opportunity here at Blue Coat. In addition to all of the lunchtime and afterschool clubs, every student in the school from Year 7 to Year 13 has a double period of activities in their timetable every week. The activities we offer are wide varied and will give you the opportunity to try something new and maybe gain a new hobby.
Mr Ed Trelinski, Second Master and Head of Co-Curricular
Years 7 and 8
In Years 7 and 8, boys follow a rotation of activities. Each activity last for five sessions and includes things like climbing, wilderness experience in our woodlands, archery or even Chocology in the Geology department! Pupils also have the opportunity to be a part of our community action group and spend some time lending a helpful hand in a local primary school or doing some gardening here in our own community garden where we grow vegetables to be given to those in need. These are just a few of the activities you will have the opportunity to try – there are many more!
The Aldworth Partnership
The Aldworth Partnership is a cornerstone in our beliefs here at Reading Blue Coat. We believe in serving the community in a transformational way as well as transactional. Opportunities are threaded through pupils' time here at Blue Coat to encourage them to go out and serve. We have strong connections with a large number of primary schools, where we run lunchtime clubs and, more recently, provide online mentoring to students during these uncertain times. We also work with other local projects such as Feeling Fruity, food and gift collections and many more.
Model United Nations
The Model United Nations club has been up and running for three years and is going from strength to strength. The team have attended a number of national conferences and regularly spend time researching and preparing their country's stand points on current issues. They research, debate and try to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems just like the real thing. This is often done in a mock UN setting, competing against other schools. Blue Coat has competed locally, and indeed nationally.
CCF and DofE
When pupils reach Year 9, they have the opportunity to start the Duke of Edinburgh awards or join one of the CCF sections. Between the Army, Navy and RAF sections, pupils could find themselves on the range, sailing at Dinton Pastures or even flying at RAF Benson. In addition to this, we also have students completing Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards. Expeditions are organised at various points of the year and are very well attended by pupils of all ages!
In the Sixth Form, boys and girls have a wide range of activities to choose from in addition to those listed above. Recently these have included kickboxing, yoga, kayaking, mountain biking and Ultimate Frisbee!