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The Greenwich Blue Coat Foundation (also known as “The Blue Coat Trust”) is a Charitable Trust established from the original Blue Coat School for Girls which was founded in 1700 by “some charitable ladies”, who were associated with St Alphege’s Church, Greenwich. They were led by Mrs Margaret Flamsteed, wife of Sir John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal. For many years the school operated from buildings in Point Hill, Greenwich. In 1959 it was amalgamated with the Blackheath and Kidbrooke National Church of England School to form Blackheath Bluecoat School on a site in Old Dover Road.The school was finally closed in July 2014.

The trustees administer a modest fund which is used to make awards to young people who apply for assistance to pursue their education and who meet the criteria set out in the founding trust deed. (For qualifying criteria see below). The Foundation has a relatively small sum of money available annually and does not therefore usually make large individual awards. Awards are usually in the region of £500.  

Applying for an award from the trust

Who can apply?

Applicants must:

Be under 25 years of age


For not less than two years previous to their application been resident or attending an educational institution in the Royal Borough of Greenwich        

Please note that the conditions laid down in the trust’s foundation deed mean that:

The trustees are only able to make awards to INDIVIDUALS who qualify under the above criteria. Applicants who do not meet these criteria cannot be considered.

Awards cannot be made to any other institution, group or body.

There can be no exceptions to these conditions.

Trustees are particularly interested in supporting young people with limited means from the Royal Borough of Greenwich in furthering their educational or life skills or to assist their entry to a chosen career path. They will consider awards for course fees, essential equipment or other course related expenses.  

If applying for support to study a second degree please give details of how funds will be raised to support the total cost, including any plans to work.

Application Forms

All applicants will be required to complete an Application Form, which may be downloaded from the link below, and will be required to provide evidence of their financial status.  The Trustees usually meet four times a year in January, April, July and November

All awards are made solely at the discretion of the Trustees and applicants may be interviewed.

Application Forms should be completed in full. The Trustees will not be able to consider forms that are incomplete and it is important that all questions are answered.

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You may download copies of the Award Application Form and the Notes for Applicants here:

Award Application Form                            Notes for Applicants

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Completed forms should be returned to:

Greenwich Blue Coat Foundation

The Clerk to the Trustees

M.I. Baker LLB MTh

136 Charlton Lane


London SE7 8AB


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Further information about the history of the Greenwich Girls Blue Coat School may be found found here

Greenwich Blue Coat Foundation Trustees

The Greenwich Blue Coat Foundation is a registered charity no. 312407. Further information about the charity may be found by going to the Charity Commission Website.

The current Trustees are:

Mr M. Leader (Chair)

Mrs G. Page (Vice Chair)

Mrs S. Bloomfield

Mr L. Fletcher

Mr D. Newsome

Mr C. Powell

Mrs C. Stanley

All correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk to the Trustees (details above)

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