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Visit and Talk from Clare Moody - Labour MEP

On 31st March we were delighted to welcome, Clare Moody Labour MEP for the South West and Gibraltar who delivered an inspiring and insightful talk to our 6th formers. Clare is a member of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats and sits on the Budget Committee, Industry and Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee. Having previously worked in Downing Street liaising between Trade Unions and the Labour Government, she gave first hand knowledge of developing employment legislation through the European Union. A multitude of current political issues were discussed regarding the triggering of Article 50, from the impact on workers' rights, the environment, the UK's relationship with the US, current Labour stance on Brexit along with the complexities of future negotiations with the EU and the Brexit legislative 'unravelling' process. We are hugely grateful for Clare's time this afternoon at an especially busy week in UK and EU politics. 

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Amnesty International Youth Conference

Last Friday, eight members of the 6th Form Pate’s Amnesty Society visited the Amnesty International UK Human Rights Action Centre for their 2017 Youth Conference. They were given talks by members of the Amnesty International UK team and guest speaker Amal Azzudin (well known as one of the Glasgow Girls, who campaigned for better treatment of people seeking asylum in the UK), surrounding the subject of refugees and the Amnesty ‘I Welcome’ refugee campaign. The Pate’s students also took part in workshops addressing subjects such as campaigning creatively and effectively, campaigning with MPs and running Amnesty youth groups. It was a thoroughly inspiring trip and provided insight into the great work Amnesty do.


Under 13’s Girls Hockey win CLC Tournament

 A huge congratulations to our Year 8 Hockey Girls team this week, winning the Cheltenham Ladies College Tournament.

The fixture list comprised of schools such as Balcarras, Bournside, Winchcombe, Cleeve, Cotswold and of course Cheltenham Ladies College A + B teams.

Cleeve proved to be very strong opponents going 1-0 up against the Pate’s girls, however with true determination and a superb team hockey performance Pate’s managed to get two goals back to win 2-1!!

The intelligent Pate’s squad won every single fixture, winning one game 6-0 which is quite an accomplishment as the games are only 10minutes long!

Squad: Katy Daly, Sophie Casey (C), Verity Khor, Naomi Layzell, Rachel Smith, Jennifer Duffield, Maryam Boulkenafet, Phobe Bradford, Maddy Wilce. 

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Pate's win County Golf Championships

Congratulations to Harrison Ottley-Woodd, Louis D'Ambrosio and Enrico Green who, as a team won the Gloucestershire Schools Golf Championships at Tewkesbury Park Golf Club. Harrison was also placed first overall during the day.

They will now represent Gloucestershire at the National Championships at Woodhall Spa Golf Club, Lincolnshire on 12th July. The best of luck!

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Biathlon bronze for Year 12 Jess Telford

Congratulations to Jess Telford on achieving a bronze medal at the U19 British Schools Biathlon at Crystal Palace over the weekend. A top achievement considering Jess is really a pentathlete!


Year 7 District Tournament 15/3/17

Pate’s won their first three group matches convincingly, beating Balcarras 9-1, Pittville 10-0, Winchcombe 13-2. The fourth game v Cheltenham Ladies College started well but we struggled to convert opportunities into goals. The second half was closely matched as we brought the score level, CLC scoring in the last 30 seconds of the game. Final score 3-2 to CLC.

Going into the semi-final as runners up saw Pate’s play Chipping Campden. The first half was goal for goal as each team converted their centre pass. Pate’s stepped up in the second half to take a 5 goal lead, earning themselves a place in the final.

Changes in attack saw Ella Dandy to GA to contest with CLC's athletic GD, Megan Hire at WA taking 3 clean intercepts as the ball came out of CLC's defence to allow us more shooting opportunities. Half time and Pate’s were trailing 2-0. A much tidier second half saw the shooters find their spot in the circle and convert, bringing the game level to 4-4. Extra time of 2 minutes followed and the team was instructed to keep possession because after two minutes we were into Golden Goal. Both teams scored from their centres and as we went into Golden Goal Pate’s had possession. Ella Dandy cleanly converted a mid range shot to win the game.

A well deserved win for a team who performed with control under pressure. There were lots of turnovers in defence and some well timed flow through mid court. Safe circle edge feeds to consistent shooters provided the opportunity to convert. District Champions!

Squad: Bea Kenny- Mcrea, Erin Peshkin, Erin Trendle, Felicity Dye, Ali Hall, Genny Morris, Megan Hire, Ella Dandy (C), Alex Crane.

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May Dent Tournament 18/3/2017

This County tournament for U15 teams was divided into two sections, each team playing 5 matches of 8 minutes each way.

Pate's had a difficult start playing a strong High School side. It was a fantastic match with High School just stealing the victory 7-6.

The next game was a very tentative win v CLC by one goal despite Pate's having most of the possession.

Good wins v Cleeve (13-3), KLB (9-4), and Chosen Hill (13-1) followed, despite Pate’s not always playing their best netball. This placed the U15’s 2nd in the section behind High School.

It was great to get to the finals and even better when the team recaptured their best netball against Ribston in the semi's winning convincingly 7-1 and then a re-match with High School in the final!

This time Pate's made the most of their chances in a tense match to win 5-3 and take the May Dent trophy!

Well done to the whole squad-County Champions!!


‘In what will be my final year coaching U15’s at Pate’s I wanted to say how very proud I am of the performance and achievements of the four U15 netball teams I have coached since retiring full time teaching at Pate’s. Thank you all the girl’s in those four years for some very rewarding and fun experiences. In particular, to the girls this year for making it 3 May Dent trophies in a row!!’ I hope to see you all playing netball for the years to come!

Caroline Mackenzie



John James Newman Fundraising Gig at Pate's 9th March 7-9pm



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All proceeds of this show are in aid of Making £nds Meet - so huge thanks to John James Newman for supporting Pate's Grammar School and thanks also to Pate’s parent Barry Chandler of Montpellier Lodge, Cheltenham, for organising this event. There will be a bar and refreshments. Tickets cost £10 (adults) and £5 (students) – please click here to buy.

Singer/songwriter John James Newman has written songs for Joe Cocker, Kylie, Chesney Hawkes, Megan Henwood (BBC Folk Award winner) and X-Factor finalists in Europe. His own works include the solo album 'Little Whispers' and 'The Velvet Hearts'. John has opened for the likes of Natasha Bedingfield, The Sugababes, Elkie Brooks, Dexy's Midnight Runners, Jools Holland and Alabama 3 and notably supported Bon Jovi at the O2 Arena in London with his band 'The Velvet Hearts'. John appeared on the first ever BBC ‘The Voice UK’ after being talent scouted for the show. Click here for John James Newman’s website.