Blackheath Bluecoat Church of England School

Blackheath Bluecoat Church of England School was a secondary school and sixth form located in the Blackheath Standard area of Blackheath, in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Its closure was announced in January 2012 and the school formally closed at the end of August 2014.

Blackheath Bluecoat Church of England School
Old Dover Road

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Coordinates51°28′37″N 0°01′41″E / 51.477°N 0.028°E / 51.477; 0.028Coordinates: 51°28′37″N 0°01′41″E / 51.477°N 0.028°E / 51.477; 0.028
TypeVoluntary aided school
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
Local authorityGreenwich
Department for Education URN100195 Tables
Age11 to 18


The Greenwich Blue Coat Girls' School in Greenwich was founded in 1700 by "several charitable ladies of this town".[1] It is also mentioned by Dorothy George in her book about London life in the 18th Century.[2] One of these ladies was Mrs Margaret Flamsteed, wife of the first Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed, who was appointed by King Charles II in 1675. The school began with 30 poor girls who were taken in for four years to be trained in household matters as well as reading, writing and the church catechism. The girls were found positions in service in local houses.[3]

The school rented a building in London Street (later Greenwich High Road) and was closely associated with the Parish Church of St Alfege. It moved to Lime Kiln Lane (later South Street) in 1756 and then in 1825 to a site at the top of Royal Hill, later Point Hill, Greenwich. The school remained there until 1959.

On the other side of Blackheath, the St John's Church of England National School was founded in 1854 as the first Church of England school in Blackheath for boys, girls and infants. The girls and infants were on a site in Russell Place (now Reynolds Place) and the boys in a local Mission Hall. In 1907 the London County Council withdrew its support from the Boys' School and an appeal was launched to build a new school. The result was the Blackheath and Kidbrooke National Church of England School, built on a site adjoining the old school in Old Dover Road. The school became a secondary mixed school.

In 1945 the London County Council felt that the Greenwich Girls' Blue Coat School, which by then was a technical school providing tuition in housecraft, catering and needlework to 60 girls aged 14–16, was too small. In 1959 the school amalgamated with the Blackheath and Kidbrooke School to form the Blackheath & Bluecoat School. The old buildings in Point Hill were used as an annexe until 1963 when extensions were completed on the Old Dover Road site. In 1965 the school became known as Blackheath Bluecoat School.

A scheme to expand the school came to fruition in 1972 when building began on land adjoining the school. The new school was fully comprehensive with a target role of 1050 pupils including Sixth Form.

The school was awarded specialist status in September 2008 and specialised in the learning and teaching of mathematics and computing.


In 2009 the school became part of a federation with Saint Cecilia's Church of England School in south-west London. However, in September 2011, it was announced that London Borough of Greenwich was considering closing the school and a public consultation process began to decide the school's fate.[4] Closure was confirmed at a council meeting on 17 January 2012.[5][6][7] Phased closure started from July 2012, with final closure of the school in August 2014.

The Old Dover Road buildings were later (2017–18) used to accommodate the secondary stage of Saint Mary Magdalene Church of England All Through School prior to its move to a new purpose-built school on Greenwich Peninsula.[8] The school was then demolished and the site used for construction of another secondary school, Leigh Academy Blackheath.

Notable former pupilsEdit


  1. ^ 'An Account of Several Work-Houses for Employing and Maintaining the Poor. Pub 1725 & 1732'
  2. ^ M. Dorothy George (1925) London Life in the Eighteenth Century
  3. ^ Blue Coat History:Greenwich Blue Coat School 1700
  4. ^ The future of Blackheath Bluecoat Church of England School, letter to parents and carers, 13 September 2011,[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Chandler, Mark (2012) Greenwich Council approves Blackheath Bluecoat school closure This is Local London, 17 January 2012
  6. ^ Declining pupil numbers prompt decision to close Blackheath Bluecoat school - Greenwich Council press release, 18 January 2012
  7. ^ Little, Mandy (2012) Final curtain for Blackheath Bluecoats? Mercury Today[permanent dead link], 18 January 2012
  8. ^ "Directory: Secondary schools: St Mary Magdalene Church of England School". Royal Greenwich. Archived from the original on 9 May 2018. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  9. ^ Simpson, Fiona (15 June 2018). "Lewisham East by-election result: Who is Labour's Janet Daby?". London Evening Standard.
  10. ^ Cathcart, Brian (8 January 2012). "The life and legacy of Stephen Lawrence". The Independent. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
  11. ^ "Meet the philanthropic musician and media mogul from Greenwich". Readers Digest.

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