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A history of Blackheath Bluecoat School


1700 ~ 2014
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<Back Blackheath Bluecoat School 2002 - 2003

In 2002 the school took the bold step of establishing of the school’s in-house catering service, Café Blue, under the direction of the Catering Manager, Mrs Jackie Wood. For a number of years the school had been forced to use contractors to provide school meals because compulsory



 Café Blue continues to successfully provide a full range of catering services to pupils and staff to the present day and was instrumental in gaining ‘Healthy School’ status for the school.

In the Summer of 2002 electronic gates were installed to improve the security of the school. The number of security cameras were also increased.

competitive tendering legislation. In recent years the standard of service had become unacceptable and when the legislation was relaxed Café Blue became the only in-house catering service in the Greenwich Education Authority.

The school roll in 2003 reached 1038 representing the highest numbers in it’s history. Unfortunately this popularity was torpedoed when an OFStED inspection put the the school into ‘special measures’. Paul Petty, who been on the leadership team at Crown Woods School, was appointed Headmaster and he set about leading a vigorous drive to improve teaching and learning standards and behaviour which successfully brought the school out of special measures in 2005.

Changes were made to the school uniform. Blazers had not been part of the uniform for several years after sweatshirts were introduced. One of the measures to improve the school was to re-introduce blazers and a new striped tie in an effort to give the school a smarter image and encourage pupils to take pride in the school.



A new start . . . . . . a new image

(Picture from the School Prospectus)