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Athletics report

You may have previously read about the unprecedented individuals athletics success this season. As a reminder, a record six Pate’s athletes were selected to represent Gloucestershire at the English Schools National Athletics Championships. The results are below but it would be wrong not to single out Will Crisp who was 2nd in the whole of England AND he can compete again next year as a Y13! Also very noteworthy is Mel Bird, who competed in her 5th(!) and final championships- that will be some record to beat! 

Oliver Keitley (Y9) Junior Boys Triple jump- 14th

Rory Cawkwell (Y12) Senior Boys 200m- 4th in heat

Will Crisp (Y12) Senior Boys 800- Silver medal

Jamie Worman (Y12) Senior Boys Long Jump- 10th

Holly Bankes (Y12) Senior Girls 400m- 4th in final 

Melissa Bird (Y13) Senior Girls Discus- 10th

Year 7 Rounders District Tournament

They Year 7 team played in the district tournament with little opposition in the pool stages but kept their focus to progress to the semi-final beating all the schools convincingly by 10 rounders. They played Balcarras in the semi-final continuing the winning streak, ending the match 12 - 7.5. During the final they came across a fast bowler from Tewkesbury which caused them to change their batting position in the box to allow them time to place the hit. Also taking no balls enabled the team to have more scoring opportunities ending with a rounders total of 8. The team displayed some excellent fielding  putting their tactical knowledge to the test and Tewksbury only managed to score 5.5 making Year 7 district champions!

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Pate's U14's Rounders Tournament. Tuesday 27th June.

After a successful afternoon of House Rounders, the Year 9 team were excited going into the tournament. With the rather daunting prospect of opposition schools ahead of them, each player was aware of their position and role to play within the squad. The team worked really hard and deservedly gained three wins in their first three games, against Cleeve, Chosen Hill and Bournside. The last game in the group stages was against Cheltenham Ladies College, this proved to be a tough fixture which the Ladies College became the successor to then put them top of the group, Pate's still qualifying in 2nd place.

The Pate's team was then drawn against the winner from the other group, Balcarras, with Cheltenham Ladies College playing Tewkesbury in the other Semi-Final. Pate's restricted Balcarras to a score of 3.5 rounders, to then bat for 6 rounders, the score-line not really showing how close the game was. Tewkesbury beat CLC after a 5 good ball play off.

The final then consisted of Pate's vs Tewkesbury.

Pate's fielding first, were sharp and on their toes, they managed to dismiss several batters putting lots of pressure onto the Tewkesbury side, however they still managed to score a strong 6 rounders. It was then Pate's turn to bat, they started convincingly reaching 3 rounders within the first few balls, however this slowed. It was not until the very last 'good ball' at which point Pate's were tied 6-6 with the Tewkesbury team. Saloni Rai was facing the final ball and with a huge hit she impressively scored a whole rounder, very nearly being dismissed at 4th base, the final score 7-6 to Pate's.

The girls played very intelligently throughout supporting each other on the pitch through sophisticated decision making and a great display of tactical awareness. A huge thank you must go out to Mrs Dandy for organising and running the tournament which just about avoided the rain, also to all of the teams who participated and demonstrated a great level of rounders throughout. 

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Individual Athletics Success

Not only has it been a record year for athletics team success, there is also unprecedented success for individuals. Six Pate’s athletes have been chosen to represent Gloucestershire at the English Schools National Athletics Championships. There are only 32 athletes from all ages and all events, boys and girls. This is the most athletes from one school in the County team EVER and we are rightly very proud of our students. They travel with our best wishes and full support. 

Oliver Keitley (Y9) Junior Boys Triple jump

Rory Cawkwell (Y12) Senior Boys 200m

Will Crisp (Y12) Senior Boys 800

Jamie Worman (Y12) Senior Boys Long Jump

Holly Bankes (Y12) Senior Girls 400m

Melissa Bird (Y13) Senior Girls Discus 

South West Athletics Championships

Following the success of Pate’s athletes at the County Championships, many athletes from Pate’s represented Gloucestershire at the South West Championships in Exeter. This is an exceptionally high standard of performance and the results below will result in a record number of Pate’s students travelling in the county squad for the National Championships. A special mention must go to Holly Bankes who won the senior girls’ 400m (a South West champion, against girls in the year above!).

Oliver Keitley- Y9 (200m 7th in heat and Triple Jump 6th) Molly Powlesland- Y9 (1500m 6th) Inca Padfield- Y10 (800m 2nd in heat) Emma Clarke- Y10 (300m 7th in heat) Tim Andrew (100m 7th) Will Crisp- Y12 (800m 1st) Jamie Worman- Y12 (Hurdles 3rd and Long Jump 5th) Rory Cawkwell- (100m 2nd in heat and 200m 4th) Amelia Errington- Y12 (800m 3rd) Holly Bankes (400m 1st) Grace Knapp- Y12 (1500m 2nd) Mel Bird- Y13 (Shot 5th and Discus 5th)

Girls’ Minors Athletics Championships

This week was the turn of the Y7 and Y8 girls to represent Pate’s in athletics against the rest of the Cheltenham District. Last week saw the boys win in emphatic style and this week the girls continued our unprecedented success with big wins in the Y7 and Y8 competitions which allowed a huge winning total (twice as many points as 2nd place!) in the overall competition. Amongst this group of outstanding athletes, Naomi Layzell (Y8) was probably the most impressive with 1st places in High Jump, Long Jump and 800m from her maximum three events.

Equally impressive were the Y7 team who won every single event apart from two. Well done Mrs Dandy and Miss Jones.


Athletics County Championships


Following the success of Pate’s athletes at the District Championships, many athletes from Pate’s represented Cheltenham at the County Championships. Despite there being a few athletes selected who couldn’t perform, the following did themselves, the school and Cheltenham proud. In total, our students were crowned County Champions in 11 out of the 18 events entered with many now double County Champions and most competing with the year group above them.

Oliver Keitley- Y9 (200m 1st and Triple Jump 1st)
Molly Powlesland- Y9 (1500m 3rd)

Tim Andrew- Y10 (100m 3rd)
Luke Goddard- Y10 (High Jump 1st )
Babajide Popoola- Y10 (100m 8th)
Inca Padfeild- Y10 (800m 2nd and Triple Jump 3rd)
Emma Clarke- Y10 (800m 3rd and 300m 2nd)

Will Crisp- Y12 (800m 1st)
Jamie Worman- Y12 (Hurdles 1st, 400m 1st and Long Jump 2nd)
Rory Cawkwell- (100m 1st - Championship Record! - and 200m 1st)Amelia Errington- Y12 (800m 1st)
Mel Bird- Y13 (Shot 1st and Discus 1st)

The majority of these athletes have now been selected to represent Gloucestershire at the South West Championships in Exeter on Saturday- best of luck. 


Boys’ Minors Athletics Championships

This week is was the turn of the Y7 and Y8 boys to represent Pate’s in athletics against the rest of the Cheltenham District. The aim was to retain the Minors’ Shield for the 19th consecutive year and this was achieved with unprecedented success. Amongst this group of outstanding athletes, Joe Coley (Y7) was possibly the most impressive with two 1st places (High Jump and Long Jump) and a 2nd place (100m) from his maximum three events. Max Liu (Y8) also broke the hurdles record which was set in 1984! In total, there were 13 1st place finishes and we scored points (top 6 finish) in 42 of the 48 performances! It is this strength in depth and utter commitment to the team which led to emphatic wins in both year groups and the shield returning to Pate’s. Well done all. Mr Stoneman and Mr Dandy.

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Year 9s Boys fly out the blocks to win Cheltenham Championships

It was a fantastic result for Pate's Y9 boys at the Cheltenham District Y9 Championships on Wednesday night at the Prince of Wales Stadium. The boys won the competition, which included teams from all across the Cheltenham District area, with 65points. Despite some fierce competition, this group have now won their age group events for the last three years. From such a talented group, Oli Keitley was the most outstanding. The competition allows athletes to enter into three events but it doesn't expect victory in all three! Well done Oli, a triple champion (Long Jump, Triple Jump and 300m). It was a much tougher day for the girls who competed admirably. The stand out performance celebrated by the girls was Scarlett Knight who won the 800m B Final. 

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English Schools Athletics Cup Regional Round

After the success of the County Round of the English Schools Athletics Cup competition, all four teams from Pate's headed to Exeter for the Regional Rounds. We were the only school apart from Millfield (often recognised at the best sporting school in the world!) from the South West to have all four teams in the regional rounds. As if this achievement wasn't enough, we came away with the some of best results in memory. The day provided the highest level of competition some of our athletes will compete at with top sporting schools from across the South West of England, with many schools having huge number of students to pick from! The junior girls' team finished in 2nd with Naomi Layzell being the top scorer with 41 individual points. The intermediate girls' team were pushed into 4th with Inca Padfield and Piper Holmes both picking up 38 individual point totals.

It was a fantastic day for the boys' teams with both the intermediate boys' beating all the other teams in their group to win their competitions. Although the junior boys were also announced as winners on the night, a further interrogation of the points put them into second. Oli Hepburn racked up 41 individual points for the juniors with Babajide Popoola gaining 40 points for the intermediate team. Well done to all involved.

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Hana Kapadia - Future Legal Mind Winner of 2017

Pate's former student Hana Kapadia has been named the overall winner of Future Legal Mind 2017. Hana, currently studying at the University of Law, has been named ‘Future Legal Mind 2017’, winning £5,000 and a placement at law firm Simpson Millar. When asked what inspired Hana to study law, she said: "My undergraduate degree in International Relations kick-started my interest in law, as it pervaded many aspects of the course, which led me to write my dissertation on international law and transitional justice. My decision to get into law was cemented by the work experience I've taken in Cheltenham, which showed me how so many areas of the law are interconnected, and inspired me through the exciting, dynamic and intellectually challenging nature of the work lawyers take on." Here are some words from the Chair of judges, Simon Trott: “We were extremely impressed with Hana's essay. It was thoroughly researched, lively, and showed a deep understanding of the UK legal system. Hana's perception of the development of society and how this affects the legal profession was profound.” 

To find out more about Future Legal Mind, and for details on entering the 2018 award, visit:

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