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As a state-maintained, non-fee paying, Church of England School, we have a fully inclusive admissions policy. Students attending The Blue come from the City of Wells and surrounding communities across a wide area of Somerset, including the Levels and Mendip Hills.

If you have an enquiry regarding admissions, please contact Mrs Jo Stitch, Headteacher's PA, at the school on 01749 836251. Mrs Stitch will be able to advise on the admission process.

Tours of the school are currently limited due to “Covid-19 Secure” restrictions to visitors on-site.  However, Mrs Stitch will arrange a tour with a member of the school’s Leadership Team as soon as we are able to do so safely.

From September 2021 our admission numbers will be as follows:

Year 7  270
Year 8  250
Year 9  260
Year 10 240
Year 11 270
Sixth Form Unlimited, subject to entry requirements

The fully inclusive admissions policy of The Blue School is set out in our Funding Agreement with the DfE. The school will be required to admit a child with an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) if it names the school before the following criteria are applied:

  • Looked After Children - children in the care of the Local Authority, or have been previously and are now formally adopted.
  • Children living in the catchment area, with an older sibling at the school at the time of admission, and who live at the same address.
  • Children living in the catchment area.
  • Children living outside the catchment area, with an older sibling at the school at the time of admission, and who live at the same address.
  • Children who themselves, or whose parent(s)/carer(s) are practising members of the founding religious body of the school (Anglican, Methodist).
  • Children who themselves, or whose parent(s)/carer(s) are practising members of other churches or religious denominations.
  • Children of permanent staff employed at the school for 2 years prior to application.
  • Children outside the catchment area, but nearest the school by straight line measurement.

Prospective students and/or their parents/carers do not have to be regular attendees of the Church of England to attend The Blue School. Similarly, no fees are required to attend The Blue School, although as with many state maintained schools, parents/carers can be asked to make voluntary contributions towards the cost of their child's participation in extra curricular or other non-core activities.

Year 7

Although independent of local authority control, The Blue School continues to follow the admissions protocols agreed with Somerset County Council.

Details of the countywide procedures for Year 7 admissions can be found here.

In the autumn term, prior to the 31st October deadline, the school would usually hold an Open Evening for prospective parents/carers and students to view the school and speak to staff.  This year, in the light of the ongoing Covid-19 situation, we are offering guided tours of the school on the afternoon and evening of 7th October.  Further details, including booking arrangements, can be found here.  Additionally, we will be publishing an updated virtual Open Evening on our website prior to the 7th October.

The deadline for admissions for entry in September 2022 is 31st October 2021.   Please use the Somerset County Council link above to make an application.

In-Year Admissions

Parents/carers of prospective students who wish to be considered for admission to The Blue during the school year in any year group should contact Mrs Stitch at the school in the first instance. The Blue School administers its own in year admissions.

We would encourage all parents/carers to discuss any issues or concerns they have with their child's current secondary school, before considering a transfer to The Blue School. This is particularly important at Key Stage 4, years 10 and 11, where GCSE option choices/syllabuses may not be able to continue as in the previous secondary school.

Application forms can be downloaded either as a pdf or word document and returned as signed paper copies to Mrs Stitch or electronically to jstitch@educ.somerset.gov.uk

Sixth Form

We do not limit applications to our Sixth Form, either from year 11 students who decide to continue their studies with us or from external applicants. We have experienced a substantial increase in interest from external applicants in recent years and have found that, with a very few exceptions, external applicants settle into our sixth form well, quickly making new friends and getting to know teaching staff.

All prospective students (and their parents/carers) interested in joining the Sixth Form are invited to meet with a member of the school's Leadership Team. This meeting is focused on discussing option choices, making sure that the best decision is taken reflecting an individual's strengths and career/life aspirations.

For more details about joining our Sixth Form

View our Sixth Form SectionNo fees are required to attend The Blue School's Sixth Form, although as with many state maintained school sixth forms, students can be asked to make voluntary contributions towards the cost of their participation in extra-curricular activities.