Bluecoat has a long and rich history spanning back over 300 years. The school was founded in 1706 as the first charity school in Nottingham. Under the guidance of the then rector of St. Peter's church, Timothy Fenton. Classes were taught in the porch of St. Mary's Church in the Lace Market area of Nottingham In 1706. The school was founded "to train poor children in the knowledge of God and religion, as taught in the Church of England." Starting from a modest number of children it is now a community of over 2,000 learners on two sites in Aspley and Wollaton. In 2014 a new part of the Bluecoat story took place with Bluecoat Beechdale becoming the newest member of the Bluecoat family.
We are a Church of England Academy and our mission is to create a distinctive educational community for all based upon Christian faith and values. Our ethos is based on our mission statement 'believe; in yourself, in others, in God.' This is grounded in the principle from the Bible to "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and love your neighbour as yourself" (Luke 10:27).
Our belief is that every student is unique and valued by God. This is critical to the relationships and personal approach to the curriculum that we take with every young person. We aim to develop confident students that have a strong sense of justice and doing what is right. We encourage students to develop belief in themselves in order to be the best they can be. Our students are resilient, they can work independently and have a good understanding of where they have come from and who they are.
Our belief is that we should value and care for each other. This is reflected in the harmonious community that makes up Bluecoat. Students feel part of a local, national and global community, believing in others and working together towards a common purpose. Students develop into respectful, supportive and considerate members of the community who are passionate about making a difference.