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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


1st Prize for R.E. Dept in national award for Innovation in R.E. Teaching

I am delighted to share the exciting news that our R.E. Department has been awarded the national Hockerill NATRE prize for Innovation in RE Teaching. Mrs Melton and Mrs Smith (joint Heads of R.E.) submitted a plan of work dealing with questions around connections between sport and ethical and theological concepts in R.E., which they teach to Y8. It was hailed by the judges as being ‘profound… engaging… innovative and transferable’ and won first prize in the Secondary Education sector. Congratulations and well done to our outstanding R.E. department, who also won £600 for the school, as well as an Education Bursary of £600 for the staff. Please click here for full details.


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