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Freya Ireland National Youth Orchestra Project


In assembly this morning Freya Ireland (Y12) spoke to students and staff about her experiences since having been selected to work with the prestigious National Youth Orchestra.  For one of her projects she was asked to compose a piece of music on a fairground theme and her composition entitled ‘Four Horses’ is based upon a carousel, the four horses each having very different personalities – please click here to find out what happens when the carousel begins to break down (as performed within an art installation in the Tate Modern in London).  What an incredibly creative and exciting piece of music!

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Good news from our Amnesteam campaigners

"I want to thank members of Amnesty International all over the world…. Many thanks in particular to the more than 300,000 people that sent letters about my case that were delivered to the Attorney General."

These are the words of Claudia Medina Tamariz, the main focus of Amnesty's Mexican Stop Torture campaign. Many of you will have heard the brilliant news that the Mexican authorities have now dropped all charges against her. We wanted to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to everyone - students and staff - who has supported the Pate's Amnesty Group in any way as a small part in the fight against torture. We think Claudia's case shows how the ordinary people who take part in these campaigns can be really effective and change lives!

Unfortunately, there is still a long way to go. Amnesty is still calling on Mexico to issue an investigation into Claudia's complaints of torture and there are many people all around the world who are still suffering abuse at the hands of the authorities: those meant to protect them.

To find out more about the campaign, please click on this link.

Once again a huge thank you and we look forward to working more with you all in the future - every person really can effect change.


The Amnesteam x



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Economics & Business Success

BASE National Finalists for third year!

Yet again our Year 12 Economics and Business students have become BASE competition regional heat champions and gained a place at the National Final. BASE is ICAEW’s National Business and Accounting competition for students in school or college aged 16-19. It provides a unique and exciting experience, where students are able to engage in a business challenge that enables them to develop key employability skills and understand what it’s like to be an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. The team of six - Sam Cole, Oliver Dudlyke, Sam Fraser, Annabel Manley, Jack Sherer-Clarke and Alisha Wala - successfully fought off 17 other teams at the Bristol heat of BASE held at the University of South West of England on Tuesday this week. They will attend the National Final in Birmingham on 25 June.

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Economics and Business Success!

The Target 2.0 team - Avani Lal, Martin Oliver, Dhruv Satish and Jacquelin Tan (all Y13) - won the area final of the Bank of England's Target 2.0 competition this week. This is a very prestigious competition and Pate's have only managed to be placed as runners up in the last three years! They will be going to the final in London 20th- 21st of March to present to the Bank of England. Fingers crossed! Please follow this link to read all out the team on the Bank of England website.  


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Congratulations to Sam Fraser, Annabel Manley, Hay-Yeung Tang, Paul Wang and Ben Winch (all Y12) on winning through to the National Final of the PwC supported competition called the ‘National Schools Employability Challenge’. They have successfully completed 3 online stages to be selected by PricewaterhouseCoopers to attend the final in London on 10th April.





With the fast and furious rehearsal schedule, it has taken a little longer than usual to get the blog up and running. There is a palpable sense of excitement in the air, though whether that it is to do with the somewhat unconventional stage furniture that has emerged in the performance space in the Hall is up for discussion…

It is not the purpose of this blog to give away spoilers for what should be a different and exciting version of one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays (some scholars consider Hamlet to be the finest play ever written in the English language), but suffice it to say that, after the majority of students voted to attempt this mammoth text and vast philosophical treatise, it was a real challenge to devise a way in which all 60 actors (let alone the wonderful crew of at least ten sixth formers helping with all the vital technical demands) could be included and could bring a fresh take on a play which has become synonymous with the essence of English Literature.

And so we bring a text written 400 years ago forward to our time and, as ever, it appears just as relevant. The treatment of women, deceit, political manoeuvring, the Oedipus complex, and much, more has taken on new life in the guise of 70 sixth formers with a thirst to tell the tale anew. As ever, such enthusiasm and sheer guts are an inspiration, however crazy it actually is to attempt this mother of all plays in a 12-day timeframe from first rehearsal to last performance.

Please come and support the students at 7pm this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tickets can be booked using the ticketsource button on the parent portal page. As furious as Julius Caesar, Hamlet also gives you a three-angled perspective on the story, and although that story is longer (cut down from four hours to two hours and ten minutes of theatre), it leaves us all with just as many questions about the human condition. What could be more telling than to have these shown to us by such talented young actors?

The trailer (trailed by George Penny) is a treat and gives some idea of the violence of the plot: the subtleties of debate, and even the comedic elements, however dark, are kept for performance. 


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Ex-Pate's Student Rebecca Salter - Royal Academician

Rebecca Salter

I was delighted to receive a note out of the blue this week from Rebecca Salter, who left Pate’s in 1973 to go to art school, both here and in Japan, and who has recently had the great honour to be sworn in as a Royal Academician. How wonderful for her and what an inspiration she must be to our students when she says “It’s been a long journey, but it began at Pate’s…”  Do have a look at Rebecca’s website (here) and Instagram (here).

Head Master's Welcome

Welcome to the Pate’s Grammar School website.  Pate’s is a selective state school which was established over 400 years ago to provide free education to the people of Cheltenham and surrounding areas.  Students here achieve the highest academic standards whilst also benefitting from exceptional pastoral care and first-class facilities.  We are proud of our inheritance but at the same time very much focused on the future.

Prospective parents and students are invited to learn more about extra-curricular life at Pate’s, read the students’ School Newspaper and browse examples of their work.  Do take a look at our Ofsted report and examination results and check out our prospectus and Open days. 

You will find easy access to the school calendar, trips information (including our School Gateway parent pay system) and sports fixtures.  Click on the Parents’ Portal to read my weekly bulletin to parents and students.  Take a look at our vibrant Parents’ Association page, full of opportunities to get involved.  See how we are able to provide valuable state-of-the-art educational resources through our Annual Fund.  By any measure Pate’s is an outstanding school.

Pate’s has a leading role within the Odyssey Teaching School Alliance, working with a range of schools providing support and opportunities for collaboration.  For full details of professional development opportunities and teacher training events please follow the Odyssey Teaching School link.

I hope that your visit to our website, whatever its purpose, will give you a good feel for our school and its remarkable students and teachers, as well as its achievements, values and ambitions.  I very much hope that we will have the opportunity of welcoming you to Pate’s in person, but in the meantime please feel free to contact either myself or the school office on any matter.

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Head Master Russel Ellicott


Wizard Of Oz Production Blog

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Friday 7th November

This rehearsal, like yesterday’s, got off to a  riproaring start with a full rendition of Somewhere over the Rainbow and, importantly, a run through of the ending of the show and the dismissal of the large company of actors. Beginnings and endings…but then we concentrated on the first half of the show, with some detailed work not just on the complex musical entries, but the joyous complexities of choreography (brilliantly handled with the younger year groups the day before by Carys Gerard) with more actors on stage, fiddlers, friends, haunted forests, and strange creatures of all types. The students are working tremendously hard, with real vim, and we’d love everyone to have chance to see the show next week. So many memorable songs, so much colour and enjoyment, 75 years on from the release of the famous film starring Judy Garland. Tickets can be booked online on the school homepage as well as at the office; and the delicious Oz banquet looks mouthwatering, too.

Monday 10th November

This was the first time we had everyone together, and what an air of anticipation there was. It was very good to see everyone with a common purpose and to have the wonders of the Band with us on the journey. The music is fabulous, if complex, and the musicians gave everyone else a real sense of meaning and purpose with both the timed delivery of the dialogue and the musical numbers. The cymbals helped with the jokes, and the jokes began to emerge from the shrubbery. Sunflowers became trees became poppies, and although there is a tremendous amount to do in a very short time, we are already beginning to run the first half of the show. The team effort is also beginning to emerge, and that esprit de corps (perhaps Scarecrow would say esprit de crops) is what it is all about. Much hard work is going on behind the scenes, as well, with some designer sets being produced and costume preparations building up to the big unveiling at the Technical Rehearsal next Monday.

Tuesday 11th November

The focus today was rehearsal of Act Two, with some fancy choreographing to cover with Carys and some pretty complex blocking. We started the rehearsal with a run through all the music from beginning to end around the piano, adding in some dances and tricky rhythms as we went along – and a splattering of lame jokes, too. The band worked very hard with Miss Lane and covered a huge range of the repertoire and underscoring. The actors then completed the first part of Act Two onstage as far as the entrance of the jitterbugs (a fabulous song we all enjoyed learning). So, no jitters allowed at this stage! Looking forward to what we can accomplish tomorrow.

Wednesday 12th November

We completed the whole show today! Although not in one run…but we are working hard to be able to achieve this by the end of the week. Dialogue is beginning to pick up, and there are certainly one or two surprises in store for our audiences. It is very exciting to be able to welcome everyone, and to be able to have 450 local schoolchildren to come and see the first show on Thursday morning. Working hard at the score, the script, the on and offstage activities, and being great ambassadors for the school. So, the end was reached, some fairly complex logistical challenges hopefully overcome, and the band joined us at the end for the extremely demanding ‘Poppies’ scene and some scary witch moments – along with some angelic singing from the Fiddlers and Optimistic Voices. The plan is to run as much as we possibly can straight through tomorrow. In the meantime, the huge tree takes shape…

Thursday 13th November

The challenge today was to get through as much of the show as we could by six o’clock, with a prompt start. Whilst the latter was a challenge, we did get some way toward achieving the former, and the show began to take real shape. The tech crew worked very hard to get their lighting plot and machines ready for the off, and the band enjoyed some extra-score moments, too. The company were able to support one another well and to help one another mould the show into what we are all working hard to make it, ready for our audiences next week. There is still a great deal to do, but the build-up this week has been very positive, and with an extra push over the last few days, we are aiming to skip joyously down the Yellow Brick Road.

Friday 14th November

We were able to get to the end of the show today with the band, and then recommence with some new ideas and new faces! We worked hard to try to lay down some challenging choreography and to establish exactly when and how winkies, flying monkeys, jitterbugs, munchkins and people of Oz were on stage – and still managed to do so and remain happy and sane! Each time we rehearse, the standard improves, and the ideas flow more fluently. The challenge is to speak in American accents (although the Ozians are ever so terribly RP) all day long, just to reinforce the different vowels and vocabulary (American English is different from British English by roughly 20% nowadays). The cyclone was beginning to look really good; we now need more things hurtling through the air, and not just ideas!

Monday 17th November

Show time approaches and today we had the chance to begin to run a good deal of the complicated tech decisions and plots within the show. It was luxurious to be able to run the entire show and even to have time for some notes at the end. The costumes began to make their entrance, with some fabulous revelations from Tsvetana and Abigail. We have a task on our hands, but in true Pate’s fashion, are grasping it with enthusiasm and verve. It’ll be great to welcome our audiences starting this Thursday with 480 local primary schoolchildren.

Tuesday 18th November

The last blog before the show…what a day! We managed to run the show twice with the band, tech, stage management and costume teams all at once. The company really picked up with great enthusiasm and commitment throughout, and the sense of excitement and buzz around the space, spilling into the corridors, grew palpably. We have had a great journey to Oz, fast and furious, but fun, and we really look forward to showing you what we have later in the week. Thank you for following us and for reading!


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