Reading Blue Coat School (RBCS) is a leading independent day school for 480 boys aged 11 – 16 and a further 260 students in the co-educational sixth form. The School was founded in 1646 by Richard Aldworth, a merchant of The Skinners’ Company and a Governor of Christ’s Hospital. The School was established near St Mary’s Minster Church in Reading and was originally known by its historic name of Aldworth’s Hospital.
In 1947, Reading Blue Coat School moved to the magnificent estate of Holme Park in the Berkshire village of Sonning where it remains today. The ethos of the School derives from its Christian foundation and traditions, fostering care and consideration within the community. The School aims to provide a stimulating and friendly atmosphere in which each pupil can realise his or her full intellectual, physical and creative potential. Pupils are encouraged to be self-reliant and adaptable, and the School intends that they will learn the basis of good citizenship, founded on honesty, fairness and understanding of the needs of others. The curriculum provides a balanced blend of academic and non-academic activities that combine to meet these objectives.
The School has recently been listed by the Telegraph and the Good Schools Guide as one of the Ten Best Value Private Schools in the UK. The School employs in excess of 160 salaried staff, of whom about 50% are academic staff. It is located four miles from the centre of Reading in the Thames-side village of Sonning. Set in 46 acres of grounds and woodlands for pupils to enjoy, the facilities are excellent and the School continues to invest in the site.
Key developments over the past decade include the Richard Aldworth Building, a 25-classroom block that provides first-class teaching facilities for a number of major departments including English, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Classics, Geography, Art and a common room for Middle School pupils with views over the sports pitches. In addition the Sixth Form Centre, a Psychology and Geology Centre, a new boathouse and various other amenities have been completed.
A new IT Centre in a fully refurbished section of the historic School House and a Swimming Pool changing room have recently been opened. A new Design & Technology Centre will open in late 2016.
The new buildings add to an already impressive list of facilities including the Sports Complex, the Science Centre, Reception and the Messer administration Building. The exciting campus investment plan is ongoing with a new Grounds, Maintenance and Activities Centre; and a new Performing Arts Centre planned.