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Connected Economists Magazine (download here)

‘Connected Economists’ is a free magazine written by students for students; it has a truly global perspective with articles have been contributed from around the world, and Henry Mitchell (Y13) was selected to join the editorial team over a year ago along with two students from Eton College and one from Denstone College. The team have faced many hurdles, involving legal teams, graphic designers and printers; and working with two editors living in the United States has presented a unique challenge for them. Their magazine is now published and distributed across the UK, as well as being launched in the United States, Dubai, Australia and Hong Kong. Please click here to download your free copy.  Copies can also be found in the library and Economics Department and, if any students are interested in contributing to future editions, they should please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Henry direct.

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National Schools Employability Challenge

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On 10th April 2015, five Year 12 students (Annabel Manley, Paul Wang, Sam Fraser, Hay-Yeung Tang and Ben Winch) spent a day at the PwC London office to take part in the National Schools Employability Challenge (NSEC) final, run by RateMyApprenticeship and supported by PwC.

To qualify for the final, they first had to go through two online stages composed of various multiple choice questions designed to test aptitude, psychometric tests and two longer written answers, one about their view of an ideal customer for PwC and the other about their experiences of working in a team. There were nearly 3000 applications from 16-18 year olds across the UK, 40 of which were chosen for the final.

The final consisted of three stages; more numerical and verbal psychometric tests, an interview clinic and a group activity where they had to brainstorm and present ideas of how they would get more students to apply for apprenticeships at companies like PwC. The day was rounded off with a refreshing talk from Tim Campbell, the first winner of The Apprentice, about his experiences in life before the winner’s presentation.

Congratulations to Hay-Yeung who was declared as the overall winner of the national competition and is officially the most employable student in Britain. He was awarded a week of paid work experience at PwC, as well as a brand new iPad and a trophy. Overall, the day was very insightful and everyone gained valuable skills and experience.


Pate's Target 2.0 team finalists 2015

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The Pate's Target 2.0 team - Avani Lal, Martin Oliver, Dhruv Satish and Jacquelin Tan (all Y13) - had a fantastic time at the recent finals in London. Reaching the final 6 teams from a field of 288 other schools was an incredible achievement. They spent two days in London as guests of the Bank of England. They were shown the parts of the Bank that few ever get to visit, such as the Monetary Policy Committee's meeting room and the gold vaults. They got to lift gold bars and touch £10m in freshly printed notes. They stayed at a hotel in the City and saw Billy Elliot the musical. However it was no leisure trip; the students had to present their case for monetary policy to three members of the Monetary Policy Committee and the Economics Editor at the Times Newspaper, who subjected them to rigorous questioning, in the very room that the Monetary Policy present their findings to the press. The extremely impressive team from the Perse School, Cambridge, ultimately won the competition but our team were superb. They showed incredibly accomplished economic understanding in very uncertain economic times and the judges congratulated them on their presentation skills, in particular.

Rugby 7s ends in a CUP WIN

Both the U13s and U18s finished their 7s season on a high during their final tournaments.

The 1st VII were determined to win the Dean Close 7s the tournament after losing their last two as runners up. In glorious conditions Pate's beat Dean Close and Wycliffe College convincingly before beating Tewkesbury in the semi-final. The final was a tough game against Prior Park from Bath. Pate's struggled to hold onto possession and were beaten by an athletic and skilful Prior Park outfit. In the school's first season of senior 7s in 25 years the players and coaches have been very proud of the 3 finals they have reached out of their 4 tournaments.

The U13s played at Reeves Fields, Cheltenham College against local sides and the international squad of Kenya U13s. The first international rugby match played by a Pate's team inspired the boys into an outstanding performance to beat Kenya 27-7. The team went confidently into their next matches beating Rendcomb College and Bournside. The final 2 games were tough challenges against Cheltenham Junior College and Wycliffe College. The players tackled outstandingly, worked really hard for each other and scored some great tries to finish the tournament undefeated and winners. Many congratulations!

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Pate's Rugby Goes Global


After the success of the season the 1st XV have made the global selling Rugby World magazine for April 2015. A deserved accolade for a super season of rugby.

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More success for U13 netball squads

Pates U13A built on their recent PGL success at the district tournament. They started confidently with an 11-0 win over Balcarras. A close game with Tewkesbury saw both teams battling for a lead. Turnovers from Thrinethra Gowri-Shankar and Jemima Jones in mid court provided further shooting opportunities. Pates won 5-4. Convincing victories over Winchcombe and Chosen Hill allowed the team to work in various combinations. Izzy Osude using her speed to successfully convert centre passes into circle feeds,, Annie Scott at WD consistently marked her WA out of the centre pass. The final round game v Cheltenham Ladies College saw Pates step up their game as Maddie Roper and Helena Cox moved around the shooting circle effectively, putting themselves into a safe shooting position. Alice Cooper at WA provided some accurate feeds towards the post. Connie Trendell at GK denied CLC further shooting opportunities with some committed defending, linking well with Jemima Jones at GD to minimise the CLC shooters.

Pates U13B played in section B. Following their third place at PGL they were keen to continue that success, starting with a 3-2 win over The Cotswold School. Bournside was even closer in a low scoring game but still resulting in a 2-1 victory. The next game v All saints Academy saw the team converting goals accurately, Evie Davies, Nina Raghuram and Maddie Dalgliesh finding the net. Captain Millie Davies pressured the centre court, assisted by Emma Clarke at centre, both players turning the ball with tips and interceptions.

Eve Knowles Jackson, Coco Heppner and Eva Macdonald had to work closely to minimise the St Edwards shooters in the next game. Each team scoring from their centres meant that it was down to a turnover to provide the win. Lucy Day took 2 clean intercepts at GK , converted by Evie Davies to win 7-5. A 6-3 victory over Cleeve School resulted in first place for PatesU13B.

Pates U13A met Bournside in the semi final, working hard for a 10-0 win. Pates U13B met Tewkesbury in a well contested game, losing 7-4.

The final saw Pates U13A play Tewkesbury again. A change in tactics was necessary and it immediately paid off, Pates taking the lead in the first half. Tewkesbury tried to reply in the second half but some determined and composed netball from the A team saw a 7-4 win for Pates. A combined team effort, these girls work so hard and should be very proud of their performance.

Pates B have progressed throughout the season and have shown a lot of improvement. They have a  positive team spirit and really enjoy competing at a high level. Both teams are a joy to coach and I can only applaud their commitment and enthusiasm. 

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Under 13 PGL Trip

On Friday 6th March 27 year 8 girls headed on their netball tour to the PGL site at Liddington. The weekend consisted of playing lots of netball as well as trying out the activities that PGL had to offer.

The netball tournament ran over two days and Pate’s were represented well with 3 teams entered across the two pools of competition. The A team played very well on the first day with convincing wins over the other teams and went in to day two at the top of their pool but had two tough games still to play on the second day. They again played really well to get them in to the semi-finals without a loss.

The second team had many strong wins on day one, losing only one match to the eventual winners of their pool by just one goal. They managed to keep this good form going into the second day and qualified in second place for the semi-finals.

The third team gained lots of invaluable match play and were competitive in all of their matches, winning two of them against Therfield School and The Grange School.

The semi-finals saw Pates A and B team competing against each other for a place in the final. Both teams played well but the A team came out on top and went through to the final against Langley Grammar School. In the final the whole team played very strongly and turned over a lot of ball with some fantastic defending allowing Maddie Roper and Helena Cox to score. They won the match 11-6. Over the whole tournament the A team scored 110 goals which showed their strength throughout.

It was an enjoyable and successful weekend with all of the girls working well as a team in their activities and in their matches. Jemima Jones got player of the tournament for the A team, Eve Knowles-Jackson for the second team and Jasmine Meaden for the third team. Well done.


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National Cross Country Success

Congratulations to Laura McPeake and Jade Gough from Year 9 and Jacob Pickering from Year 12 who after have the South West  Championships have been selected to run for Gloucestershire at the National Cross Country Championships in Blackburn on Saturday 14th March. A fantastic achievement and good luck!

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First senior 7s for 20 years


In a busy term Pate’s have re-introduced senior rugby 7s and entered 4 tournaments to match themselves against the best in the Midlands and South West.

On Sunday 1st March at the Marches 7s at Hereford Cathedral School the squad were set a daunting first game against Millfield but pushed them all the way to lose 12-22 in a pulsating opener. The squad entered the Plate semi-final after beating Adams Grammar School, KES Stratford and Worcester 6th Form College before being knocked out of the competition by Barnard Castle School from Durham.

The squad travelled to Solihull School for their next tournament confident they could cause an upset. The played some outstanding 7s rugby, developing their understanding of the game during the day. They beat King Henry VIII Coventry, Shrewsbury, Malvern College, Bablake and Old Swinford Hospital to top their group and enter the CUP competition semi-final. They played the host school Solihull and ran away comfortable winners 26-14. In the final they were matched against a strong and skilful Warwick side that proved a game to far. The squad were rightly very proud of the performance of coming runners up and are looking forward to the Gloucestershire 7s and dean Close 7s over the next couple of weeks.

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U15 Netball Success


On Saturday the 7th of March, the U15 netball team played in the May Dent Tournament held at Cheltenham Ladies College. After arriving with an early 8:30 start, we got into a good warm-up preparing themselves for a challenging day ahead.

The day started off with a game against Balcarras which was to be followed by Wycliffe. Balcarras gave a strong effort but we came away with a very convincing win. After discovering Wycliffe had not turned up, we played the B team from CLC. After a slow start, we got into the game and came away with the best win of our day.

Then, we had 3 games in a row; Dean Close, Bournside, and finally Chosen Hill. Dean Close and Chosen Hill both put out very strong teams but we all rose to the challenge and won. Bournside, a team we had previously beaten, were no match for the speed that we had down the court.

Our final group game was against Stroud High. The whole team were very pumped for this game and after a draw at half-time, we rectified a bad start and beat them by 5.

This lead us into the semi-finals where we were to play Farmors who had come second in their group. A good start encouraged a great game which again, we won, to a score of 8-4.

Being the only team to have won all of their games, we then faced Chosen Hill again in the final. The team were confident in our ability across the court and determined to win the tournament. With a half time score of 3-3, we set out for a victory.

A final score of 8-4 named us winners of the tournament.

I'd like to say thanks to Mrs Mackenzie for her amazing coaching and even more thanks to my team, who all stepped up to the challenge and made me extremely proud to have captained them throughout the years!

Alice Bradley, U15 netball captain.

Winners of the May Dent Tournament 2015.

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