The Bright Ideas Challenge at Home

The Bright Ideas Challenge at Home

What will cities look like in 2050? How will they be powered to be vibrant, healthy and clean places to live?

The Bright Ideas Challenge at Home, Shell’s cross-curricular schools’ competition, invites young people aged 11-14 to use their creativity, problem solving and STEM skills to devise innovative solutions that could power cities of the future. With fantastic STEM prizes up for grabs, there’s every reason to think big!

  • The competition deadline has been extended to 5pm on Friday 19th June to give students more time to work on their entries.

Click HERE to download the digital resource pack.

Click HERE to find our more information.

Useful Links for parents needing support during the school closure

Please find below some useful links to provide parents and carers with support during the school closure


Latest guidance about COVID-19 from the Government can be found HERE

  • Free School Meals information can be found HERE
  • Exam information can be found HERE and HERE
  • Self-Isolation information can be found HERE
  • General FAQ’s regarding Covid-19 can be found HERE
  • If you are worried that a child may be at risk of, or being neglected or abused, let the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) know on 024 7678 8555 (or in an emergency, call 999).



Free School Meals (FSM) and Foodbanks

Free School Meal Entitlement Extension – Families with no access to public funds (added 28.04.20)

Coventry Foodbank  Helping local people in crisis


Online Support

Children’s Society

Triple P Parenting


Coventry Aspire Family Hub  – Website and Facebook

The family hub model is an approach to the delivery of early help services centralised around a building, where a number of different services providing information and support to families, children and young people are based.


Mental Heath support links

The tips and advice here are things you can do now to help you keep on top of your mental well-being and cope with how you may feel while staying at home. Make sure you get further support if you feel you need it.


Family Health and Lifestyles Services

South Warwickshire NHS Trust – Letter to parents/carers dated 31st March 2020

Coventry School’s Health Visitor ChatHealth Messaging Service

Parenting Guide – help during school closure

NHS GP AND A&E – still open – click HERE for more information

School Nursing Newsletter May 2020



Government response to SEND Agenda during Covid-19 school closure – letter dated 24th March 2020

Blue Coat School’s advice and information on how to support your child whilst they are learning from home – dated 7th April 2020

Educational Psychology Team service during summer term, SENDIASS and other on-line sessions for Parents and Carers of Children with SEND


Safety Online

THINKUKNOW – online worksheets – useful advice regarding internet safety

Children’s Society – Invite-only online parties



Other useful information

Andy Blair letter to parents (May 2020)

Cat Ballou letter to parents (May 2020)


Blue Coat School Curriculum

Blue Coat School – Key Stage Specific Online Resources

Subject Specific resources can be found in the Curriculum sub-menu on the left-hand side

Careers Latest News

Careers Latest News

Providing excellent careers information and resources for parents and students.



For Careers Top Tips Click Here

Wheel of Strengths: What career is right for me? (For Years 10 to 13)

Thinking about what career options might suit you? Try out this wheel of strength to see where your unique talents could take you.

Visit Barclays Life Skills Here

10 steps to exploring careers in lockdown

Click HERE to find out more!

Careers Enterprise Newsletter
Click HERE to find out more!

Local FE Colleges plans for recruitment and enrolment of students for September 2020.

This document will be relevant to students in Year 11 who are applying or have applied to do courses at college next year.
For any clarification regarding the content please contact Mrs Garland – Careers Advisor

Local FE Colleges plans for recruitment and enrolment of students for September 2020

Still looking for careers ideas?

Want to develop your work related skills? You will find lots of advice, courses and resources in this document.’

Careers Guidance Information Resource – Year11

Careers Guidance Information Resource – Post16


Free Career Planner Workbooks

STEPs are a series of individual student workbooks which take students through the stages of career planning from age 11, right through to planning post-18 options.

The workbooks are progressive and are relevant to each year group. They cover a range of issues to help students to understand more about themselves, find out about careers and the world of work and help them to plan for their future.

Click on the link below to find out more:

Mental Health Matters

Our Mental Health Ambassadors have done a great job in delivering assemblies promoting the simple things that we can all do to improve mental health and well being.


This is a booklet written specifically for Blue Coat which has practical suggestions and who students can be signposted to for support around their mental health.

Elevate Webinar – How to help your child study effectively

Elevate has worked with Blue Coat for a number of years delivering study skills and revision seminars for pupils. They are offering a free webinar on helping your child to study effectively at home. This session is entirely voluntary and may contain some useful insights into supporting your child during lockdown and beyond.  Please note that in order for your to participate in the webinar you will be asked to share information such as your name, email address and the name of the school your child attends. A link to Elevate’s privacy policy has been provided below. Please note as a school we will not be giving any of your personal data with Elevate for this exercise.


The session will contain:

  1. How to manage your child’s mindset while the coronavirus threatens their productivity and motivation
  2. Learn the core ‘motivational dispositions’ that underlie student success
  3. How recent developments in neuro-science and peak performance psychology can be used when helping your child
  4. Learn about Online Private Coaching to understand how Elevate’s young coaches are helping students across the UK find a new way to study amidst these challenging times


Specific details from Elevate can be found below:

Elevate is an award-winning organisation that has been working with Blue Coat for a number of years to help our pupils to become more effective learners. They are hosting an exclusive webinar for parents at schools that they work with across the UK to teach them how to help your child study most effectively. If you think you would find it helpful and would like to attend you can sign up at the link below


Details of the event are as follows:

Title: How to help your child study effectively without becoming the enemy

Date: Tuesday 12th May 2020

Time: 6:00 – 7:00pm

Cost: Free

Sign up link:

Privacy Policy: