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Head Master's Message w/c 18th September 2017

HEADLINES:  

Reminder: please collect House Drama DVDs from main reception this week.

In whole school assembly this morning senior girls showed a film and photos from their South Africa sports tour which took place in July – what an incredible experience, packed with sport, safari and sightseeing! My thanks to our PE staff for all their organising and fundraising support they give to the students. Senior boys will start fundraising soon for their tour next summer, which will be begin with an auction night in November.  Also this morning I was delighted to officially congratulate members of the Shooting Team and present them with their trophies from summer competitions. For the second year running they won the UK Schools Aggregate, the South West Regions, AND the Gloucestershire Trophies, competing against over 600 schools in the country, including the likes of Charterhouse, Wellington, Victoria College, Cheltenham College, Marlborough College and many more. Congratulations to the team: Sagnik Bose, Alexander Cheetham , Alex Clarke, Matthew Connole, Ben Corbishley, Tom Jaggard, Sam Jones, Peter Kenmir, Laura Lyons, Ryan McGowen, Henry Milner-Benham, Joe Murphy, James Nichols, Pearlin Paudyal, Doug Wescott, Henry Wigston and Alex Woodsford.

Support Staff Vacancy: for the role of Development Assistant, working as part of a small team to provide administrative support on all aspects of the Development Office’s work in its function to deliver the fundraising and alumni relations objectives of the school.  This is a fixed term contract, running until the end of the Summer term 2018 (although it may lead to a longer term role). Hours routinely 9.30-12.30 weekdays, term time (including INSET days), although flexibility in working arrangements will be required. The role will demand evening and weekend work and may require some work during the school holidays. The precise hours can be negotiated for the right candidate. Please follow this link for full job details / requirements and how to apply. Applications close: 4pm, Monday 25th September 2017.

Music Department News:
Music theory lessons: This year we are once again running music theory lessons. These will take place in the Music Department after school on Wednesdays, 4-5pm. There will be thirty lessons across the year, at a cost of £5 per lesson, payable termly. Lessons are mainly aimed at those wanting to take ABRSM Grade 5 theory in June 2018. Please follow this link for Music Theory forms.  Forms should be returned to Louise Turner in the Music Department as soon as possible. Please direct any questions or concerns to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Music Society: Open to everyone, the Pate’s Music Society runs a series of workshops, lectures and concert trips throughout the year, here at Pate’s and further afield. Highlights from previous years include: Baroque cornett workshop; Introduction to Harp; Dvorak, Brahms and Beethoven by the CBSO with exclusive pre-concert talk from Steven Isserlis and Joshua Bell; La Traviata at the Royal Opera House… Sign up on the Music Noticeboard or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive the latest info about upcoming events!

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Music dates for this term: Below is the music calendar for the autumn term. Please ensure you have these dates in your diary, particularly if your child has signed up for a music ensemble, as participation in concerts is part of the commitment. I’d like to draw particular attention to the Cory Band workshop and concert on Sunday 8th October: we are incredibly lucky to have this world famous brass band performing at Pate’s, and both events will be unmissable. Please follow this link to buy tickets.

House Music - Weds & Thurs 27th & 28th September 7pm - MATINEE TICKETS HERE
Brass workshop with Cory Band - Sun 8th October 10am-12pm
(above in conjunction with Gloucestershire Youth Brass Band)
Cory Band Concert - Sun 8th October 3-5.30pm  TICKETS HERE
GCSE solo recordings - Weds 18th October all day
Recital Evening - Tues 17th October 6pm
Autumn Concert - Thurs 16th November 7pm
GCSE ensemble recordings - Mon 11th December all day
Carol Service - Weds 13th December @ Christchurch 7pm

Music ensembles starting w/c 2nd October: Regular rehearsals for music ensembles will kick off after House Music, in the week commencing Monday 2nd October. Please click here to see the timetable.  Please note especially the following ensembles, which are new this year: String Ensemble (Tuesday lunch, G6+), Brass Ensemble (Friday lunch, all welcome). We look forward to seeing lots of faces, new and old, in October!

All parents are invited to the Parents’ Association AGM from 7pm to 8pm on Wednesday, 4th October in the Art Gallery. Tea and cake afterwards! New committee members will be elected and annual reports submitted. In the following year several key committee members (including but not limited to Chair, 100 Club and Stock Manager) will come to the end of their term of office. If you are interested in becoming involved in this rewarding and fun part of Pate’s life please pop in to the AGM or email our current Chair Laurette Thomas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. A few months of shadowing could be really useful.

The Parents’ Association secondhand uniform service is moving up a notch. A PA volunteer will open and man the cupboard on the First and Third Fridays of every month and also by arrangement. A wish-list has also been established so if you are looking for a specific item of uniform and it is not there, just pop it on the list and the PA will be in touch if one is donated. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any requests or queries.

URGENT: Host Families for Chinese Students in September – payment of £150 per week: Unfortunately we are still a touch short of one or two families to host our Chinese visitors from September 28th to October 14th 2017. The students are aged 16-17 and so looking forward to their 2 weeks here, seeing what it's like to be a Pate's student – we don’t want to have to turn anyone away! Hosting forms are available here.  Frequency asked questions here. If you would like to ask any questions please email Mrs Sam Attwood (here) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible. Last year was a real success, and these kinds of opportunities to forge international links and support others is part of what make Pate's special. Thank you for your support.

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DIWALI 2017: We are entering into the third year of Diwali celebrations at Pate’s. Calling for entries for the Diwali show. If you have been involved in previous years you will know what a wonderful celebration of Indian dance, food and culture this is. It is something we are very proud of at Pate’s and it would not be possible without the help of Thrinethra Gowri Shankar (Y11) and her family. We would like as many people as possible to be involved, as follows:
We would like following information of students who would like to perform dances:
Individual / Group Name:
Item: Indian Dance / Musical Instruments/Music
Music associated with the item:
Participants' name:
We would like the following information if you would like to help compere the show:
Name:
Year:
We are planning to include Indian Folk dance for Mums / Dads and if any of the parents would like to take part, please send your interest to the above email address. The practise sessions will be organised during school lunch times or in the evenings. We are also planning to have a group song while lighting the candles at the very beginning of the show. It is a repetition of the verses and maximum of 5 minutes. If you are interested in singing please send your details. Again the practice sessions will be organised during school lunch times or in the evenings. You will get a recorded version to practice at leisure. We are looking for at least 20 – 25 students.
Please send us your details AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to Thrinethra Gowri Shankar, Year 11 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you need any more information, please contact Thrinethra. We are really excited about this year’s show as so many new things will be included and the planning is well underway.

Internet Family Safety Workshop – Wed 25 October 12.30-2.30pm in Gloucester: Gloucestershire County Council are offering a FREE parents’ workshop with advice on all online issues, including parental controls, social media and identity theft. Please follow this link for further details.

Calendar Update:

• Tue 19 Sept 6.30-7.30pm – Duke of Edinburgh BRONZE Award info for parents in Refectory
• Wed 20 Sept 6.30-7.30pm – Duke of Edinburgh SILVER/GOLD Award info for parents in Refectory
• Wed 27 Sept @ 2pm – House Music Matinée Performance
• Wed 27 Sept @ 7pm – House Music Evening Performance
• Thur 28 Sept @ 7pm – House Music Evening Performance + Adjudication
• Wed 4 Oct 7-8pm – Parents’ Association AGM
• Thurs 5 Oct 6.30-8.30pm – Y12 Parents’ Speaker and Social event
• Sun 8 Oct 3-5.30pm – Cory Brass Band Concert
• Thurs 12 Oct 5.30-7.30pm – Y7 Parents’ Social
• Sat 14 Oct 5-7pm – Diwali Celebration

Trips this week:
20 September – Yr12/13 Politics/Geography Students (49 Students) Sherbourne Cinema – 09.00-11.20.

Student Achievements:
Rosanna Crabb-Lahei (Y13) has been awarded a prestigious Army Officer Scholarship award and bursary, enabling her to go to Sandhurst after her degree for army officer training. Rosanna is hoping to study medicine and become an army doctor. Extremely well done to Rosanna, and thanks to the members of staff who have supported her throughout the application process.
Cambridge University competition Special Commendations: Becky Fox (Y13) received a Special Commendation for the Cambridge Robinson College essay competition - for her essay on 'If our ideas about gender are culturally shaped, should children be allowed to watch Disney films?’ Asisa Johal (Y13) received a special commendation for the RA Butler Competition run by Trinity College, Cambridge for her essay on ‘How does the concept of intersectionality affect our understanding of gender inequality?’  Congratulations to Becky and Asisa, who will be collecting their prizes from Cambridge university in a few weeks’ time.

School Transport Update: We have had a lift-Share request from a family living the Worcester area. If you would like to make contact, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the first instance.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Message w/c 11 September 2017

ADLINES: 

  • Welcome to a new year at Pate's
  • House Sponsors
  • House Music - 27th & 28th September
  • Cory Band Concert - Sun 8th October 3-5.30pm
  • Diwali 2017 - Sat 14th October 5-7pm - CALLING DANCERS AND SINGERS
  • House Drama DVDs available
  • House Drama Photos available
  • CCF Update
  • Pate's Sport
  • Calendar Update
  • School Transport Update

It has been a privilege welcoming the students for the start of term, particularly our new students, who have been getting to know each other as part of a fun programme of induction activities. In our first assembly of the year we celebrated the school’s outstanding GCSE and A Level exam results and also talked to students about the latest building improvements which were made over the summer, thanks largely to our successful grant for new windows along the back of school.  In today’s whole school assembly we showed a film we made at the end of last term, in which students talk about how they feel the school meets their individual needs. Based on these interviews with students and staff, we have identified three key features which interviewees tell us they most value about Pate’s. These are: ‘Embracing Challenge’, ‘Supporting Each Other’, and ‘Shaping the Future’, and over the coming months we will be exploring new and innovative ways to do more of the same, even better. Pate’s is an ‘Outstanding’ school in every respect, but I believe that, by collaborating and sharing ideas, we can take it beyond outstanding. I would welcome feedback from parents on this subject – please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I would like to welcome all new Pate’s families and very much look forward to working alongside you in the year ahead.

I would like to formally welcome and thank our House Sponsors for this academic year. We hugely grateful for the continued support from Montpellier Lodge and Harrison Clark Rickerbys and welcome on-board Zoom, Richmond Villages and Hazlewoods. Their support enables our fabulous house competitions to continue.

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FINAL Its a revolution

Pate’s House Music 2017 tickets are now on sale for performances on Wed 27th September - matinée at 2pm and evening performance at 7pm; and Thursday 28th September at 7pm (with adjudication). The theme this year is ‘Revolution’ and there will be the usual boys and girls massed choirs, orchestra and band competitions and sell-out audiences. Please do, where possible, consider the matinée performance, especially if you are buying more than 2 tickets – it is ideal for grandparents and younger families; there is a lovely atmosphere and it is every bit as good as the evening performances, just a less busy, more relaxing experience! There are record numbers of students taking part this year and tickets will sell out very quickly, especially for the evening performances. Your PA will be running their fabulous bar as usual – show tickets cost £8 (adults) £3 (students) and are available on the school website (here). 

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We are privileged to have the world-famous Cory Band (est. c130 years) performing at Pate’s on Sunday 8 October 3-5.30pm. Tickets cost £10 – or £15 to sit on the balcony – and are available to buy on our website (here). To see The Cory Band perform live is honestly breath-taking, so don’t miss out! Please do spread the word (this event is open to the general public). This band currently holds every single cup in the band world and they will be performing on a specially built-out stage for maximum effect! As well as performing the concert, they will be working with Gloucestershire young musicians during the day, who will then have the incredible opportunity of accompanying the Cory Band on stage for one of their pieces. This event is open to the wider community and there will be a bar serving drinks and snacks. Please do join us for an unforgettably stirring experience. To read more about the band and visit their website and Youtube Channel please follow this link.

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DIWALI 2017: Time flies very quickly and we are entering into the third year of Diwali celebrations at Pate’s. It’s that time of the year to call for entries for the Diwali show. If you have been involved in previous years you will know what a wonderful celebration of Indian dance, food and culture this is. It is something we are very proud of at Pate’s and it would not be possible without the help of Thrinethra Gowri Shankar (Y11) and her family. We would like as many people as possible to be involved, as follows:

We would like following information of students who would like to perform dances:

Individual / Group Name:
Item: Indian Dance / Musical Instruments/Music
Music associated with the item:
Participants' name:
We would like the following information if you would like to help compere the show:
Name:
Year:
We are planning to include Indian Folk dance for Mums / Dads and if any of the parents would like to take part, please send your interest to the above email address. The practise sessions will be organised during school lunch times or in the evenings. We are also planning to have a group song while lighting the candles at the very beginning of the show. It is a repetition of the verses and maximum of 5 minutes. If you are interested in singing please send your details. Again the practice sessions will be organised during school lunch times or in the evenings. You will get a recorded version to practice at leisure. We are looking for at least 20 – 25 students.
Please send us your details AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to Thrinethra Gowri Shankar, Year 11 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you need any more information, please contact Thrinethra. We are really excited about this year’s show as so many new things will be included and the planning is well underway.

House Drama DVDs available: Pre-ordered House Drama DVDs are now available to collect from Reception – if you would like to place a last-minute order please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Most DVDs have been pre-paid on School Gateway, but just a reminder that any extras which have been ordered by email will need to be paid for on collection (£10). My thanks to Tristan Sharman (Y12) who filmed all three shows and spent many hours editing over the summer to produce the film. All proceeds will be reinvested in our tech and media crew, which is great news for our student team and our future productions.
House Drama Photos available: we have some fabulous photos of House Drama – please follow this link to check them out. We are able to send you electronic versions of the images for a small admin charge (details in the link).

CCF Update: Students starting in Year 9 are invited to join CCF and begin training in September 2017. We have migrated to an online joining form which can be found on the website at www.pgsccf.com. The latest newsletter can be found at http://www.pgsccf.com/newsletter

We are always seeking to recruit new volunteers to assist with running the CCF: parents or teachers who have an interest in military matters or have served in the military who would like to assist are invited to get in touch. Our last recruitment drive through the parent community was extremely successful and we now have one of the most highly qualified CCF instructor group in the region. Paid training days are available for supporting events and it is an ideal opportunity to attain new skills and qualifications. There is no minimum commitment required….just give what you can. Higher staff numbers means a higher chance of us being able to offer varied and exciting events to the cadets. If interested please contact the Contingent Commander, Major Cameron Mackay at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pate’s Sport:
OPRO mouth guard fitting – Can all students who have ordered an OPRO mouth guard attend the fitting on Wednesday 13th September in the art gallery from 1.30-3.30pm. If you would like to order a mouth guard visit the OPRO website (full details here).
Pate’s Sport website – A reminder to present students and an introduction to new that all sports fixtures and results can be found on our Pate’s Sport website (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Teams will be selected on line, detailing departure and arrival times for matches.
Pate’s Sport Twitter – Follow all latest Pate’s sports news on @PatesSport
Doctor support wanted: On Saturday 23rd September we are looking for a doctor who is willing to stand in as medical care at the Malvern College rugby matches at Pate’s, 1.50-3.30pm. Malvern College require the home school to supply a doctor on site to allow their games to be played. The 3 senior rugby sides are at home, so a parent of those teams would make a perfect fit. If you feel you can help out please be in touch with Mr Dandy (Head of PE) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you for your support.

Calendar Update:

  • Wed 13 Sept – OPRO Mouthguard fitting 1.30-3.30pm in Art Gallery
  • Thur 14 Sept – School photographs (individuals Year 7-10)
  • Fri 15 Sept - School photographs (individuals Year 12)
  • Tue 19 Sept 6.30-7.30pm – Duke of Edinburgh BRONZE Award info for parents in Refectory
  • Wed 20 Sept 6.30-7.30pm – Duke of Edinburgh SILVER/GOLD Award info for parents in Refectory
  • Wed 27 Sept @ 2pm – House Music Matinée Performance
  • Wed 27 Sept @ 7pm – House Music Evening Performance
  • Thur 28 Sept @ 7pm – House Music Evening Performance + Adjudication

School Transport Update: we have had a lift-share enquiry from a family living out in the Berkeley area. If you would like to pursue this please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Finally, I would like to wish all Pate’s families a happy and exciting Autumn term and I look forward to seeing many of you at House Music in three weeks’ time.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Summer Message 2017

HEADLINES: 

House Drama 2017
Thank you to our House Sponsors
House Drama DVD
Pate's Refugee 6th form Society
Charity Day
DIWALI 2017 - CALL FOR DANCERS, SINGERS AND PARENTS!
Sporting Success
Calendar Update
Back-to-School Photos!

Congratulations to everyone who was involved in House Drama this week – it was a momentous occasion and when York were announced the winners, not having won it ever before, it felt more like the winning goal in Wembley stadium than a school hall! Pembroke received the Director’s special award – the Shakespeare Cup (kindly donated by Edward Derbyshire) - their show ‘The Firebird’ was outstanding, despite only having Y7s in it! What a talented and spirited group! The following awards were made: Beaufort – Choreography; Gloucester – Stagecraft; Richmond – Music; York – Design. The award for good will, organisation and dedication, obviously must go to our amazing five star Parents’ Association! Thank you so much to them for their amazing generosity and hospitality!  My thanks to the staff who gave their all to achieve such a spectacle, and to Edward Derbyshire in particular, who sadly leaves us this summer to follow exciting projects of his own.  His Gloucestershire Youth Players will be on tour performing 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at various locations this week - please visit their website for details www.gyptheatre.org

We were delighted to be supported by our House Sponsors at the Tuesday evening House Drama performance. I would like to express my thanks to Montpellier Lodge (Beaufort), Harrison Clark Rickersbys (Gloucester), Willans (Pembroke), MD2MD (Richmond) and Evans Jones (York) for their sponsorship over the last 12 months. Our House System is reliant on the extra funds provided by these sponsors. We look forward to welcoming some new sponsors on board in September. More on that at the start of next term.

Thanks to Tristan Sharman (Y11), who very kindly filmed this year's House Drama and will be producing a film on DVD over the summer holiday. The DVD costs £10 and copies can be ordered via Schoolcomms until 31st July. However, if you would like to order more than one DVD, then a separate order will need to be placed and paid for separately. Please email us (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to order extra copies. The DVDs will be available to collect in September.  Photos will also be available to order in September.

This week, the Pate's Refugee 6th form Society organised an informative lunchtime talk from Adele Owen, the Director of GARAS, (Gloucestershire Action for Refugees). Adele outlined the current concerns surrounding human rights for refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and the gaps in provision for social care and education. The society were given lots of pointers for pressure group lobbying and ways to raise awareness with the younger years as they take their newly formed society forward next year. Thank you to Ellie Williams (Y12) for organising this valuable opportunity.

Yesterday’s Charity Day was great fun and superbly well-organised by our sixth form team, who managed to raise £1333.58! This will be split between Cancer Research UK and The British Heart Foundation. Well done to them and to everyone who performed on the open mic. Special thanks to Denise Hardy for her support and encouragement.

DIWALI 2017:  Time flies very quickly and we are entering into the third year of Diwali celebrations at Pate’s. It’s that time of the year to call for entries for the Diwali show. If you have been involved in previous years you will know what a wonderful celebration of Indian dance, food and culture this is. It is something we are very proud of at Pate’s and it would not be possible without the help of Thrinethra Gowri Shankar (Y11) and her family. We would like as many people as possible to be involved, as follows:

We would like following information of students who would like to perform dances:

Individual / Group Name:
Item: Indian Dance / Musical Instruments/Music
Music associated with the item:
Participants' name:

We would like the following information if you would like to help compere the show:
Name:
Year:

We are planning to include Indian Folk dance for Mums / Dads and if any of the parents would like to take part, please send your interest to the above email address. The practice sessions will be organised during school lunch times or in the evenings.  We are also planning to have a group song while lighting the candles at the very beginning of the show. It is a repetition of the verses and maximum of 5 minutes. If you are interested in singing please send your details. Again the practice sessions will be organised during school lunch times or in the evenings. You will get a recorded version to practice at leisure. We are looking for at least 20 – 25 students.

The closing date for entries are 25th August 2017. Please send us your details to Thrinethra Gowri Shankar, Year 11 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  If you need any more information, please contact Thrinethra. We are really excited about this year’s show as so many new things will be included and the planning is well underway.

Sporting Success:
District cricket success: Both the U13 and U15 cricket teams played in the Cheltenham and District Cricket Finals last week. The U13s chased Bournside's total hard but came up short, however the U15s scored freely to score the 130 to win with a few overs to spare. Congratulations to both teams and to Sarosh Khan who scored 51 not out in the winning U15 team.

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Shooting Success: Pate's have won the UK Schools Aggregate for the second year against some of the wealthiest independent schools in the country, such as Charterhouse, Wellington and many more. We've also won the trophies for the Gloucestershire and South West regions. We won silver in the 'falling plate' competition, a race to hit down 10 small targets with the GP assault rifle. Four cadets made the GP 20, meaning they are some of the best GP shooters in the country, and similarly we had four cadets in the CTR Cadet 100 (cadet target rifle). In shotgun, we also attained a bronze medal for the school. This has been an outstanding year for the team, building on last year's success. Congratulations to them on this really incredible achievement, and thanks in particular to our Head of Outdoor Education, Jane Jowett, for making it possible for our students to compete at this level.

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Congratulations to Dhruthi Harish (Y7), who won the Avon County Road to Wimbledon Tournament last weekend, which qualifies her to represent Avon County and compete in the National finals which will be held next month on the grass courts at Wimbledon.

Calendar Update:
Pre-season rugby training: With everyone excited about next season’s rugby, pre-season training has been organised for Friday 1st September, as detailed in the attached letter. Please make every effort to attend. Thank you.
Mon 4th September – INSET DAY – NO STUDENTS IN SCHOOL
Tues 5th September – New Y7 and new Y12 students only in school
Wed 6th September – School restarts for all

As promised, here are some photos from last week’s fun Back-to-School day, organised for parents by our fun-loving PA – enjoy!

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It only remains for me to thank parents and students for your support throughout this year, for following our news and for all your invaluable contributions to school life. I wish everyone a great summer.

Yours sincerely

REL Signature

Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Message w/c 17th July 2017

HEADLINES:

  • Back-to-School Day Report and Grazes!
  • House Drama Tickets and Further Information
  • House Drama HELP NEEDED!
  • Second-hand school uniform needed – especially sports kit and girls’ uniform
  • Charity Day – Thurs 20th July – Rides / Stalls / Mufti
  • House Polo Shirts – please order by Tuesday
  • Host Families Needed for Chinese Students in September
  • Netflix warning!
  • OPRO Mouthguard – book your child’s fitting
  • Summer Sports Team Photos available to order
  • Pre-season Rugby Training – Fri 1st September
  • Calendar and Trips Update
  • GYP ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ tour 2017
  • Sports Success

The Parents’ Association ‘Back-to-School Day’ and school disco was great fun on Monday and raised over £3,000! I would like to thank those daring parents who signed themselves up for a day in lessons, including school lunch, choir practise and PE! All had managed to dress up in full uniform, complete with kit bag, and they blended right in! It is fair to say that a Pate’s school day is a full-on experience (as any student will tell you), and by the end of the day our high flyers were tired, but happy (I am excluding PE injuries and I do hope that the swelling is going down by now). Thanks to our fun-loving PA / parents / staff and thanks to all the students who were so welcoming and polite. Particular thanks to Shirley Park for organising and running (literally!) the event so perfectly. Here are some of the comments we received afterwards (photos to follow next week):

“It would be impossible to sum up just how impressive every aspect of the school was but, for me, the quality of the people we came into contact with I found very inspiring...”
“The students around the school were ALL models of good-manners and respect...”
“It's basically a shopping list of everything you would ever wish for in a teacher...”
“Thanks once again for an unforgettable day...”
“The whole experience almost made me wish I could repeat my school days! I do hope the current pupils appreciate how lucky they are to attend PGS!”

Looking ahead to next week, just a few practical details about House Drama: On Monday: students involved will be off timetable all day to rehearse. Those involved may again wear their House T Shirts. Year 12 not involved will have lessons as usual, years 7- 10 not involved will have a separate programme based over in Cookery with Mr Guichonet. On Tuesday: students should be back in full uniform - although they will need to remember their costumes here appropriate! Lessons 1 - 4 will happen as usual, although each House will miss one lesson in the morning and then take part in a medley rehearsal in the afternoon. On Tuesday evening pupils need to be back in school by 6:00 p.m. ready for the evening performance, and we would encourage pupils to go home between the end of school and the performance. However, if this is not possible, pupils may stay in school in the Refectory. Students opting to stay in school will need to stay in the Refectory from 3.45 – 6.30 pm and will need to bring a packed tea. They will not be allowed off site for any reason. PLEASE ALSO NOTE: Food will only be served in the Refectory at BREAK TIME on Tuesday - NOT AT LUNCH. On Wednesday: the House Drama matinée performance will finish at approximately 5.15 pm. Pupils may then either go home or again stay in school in the Refectory. On Wednesday evening the Parents Association will be serving Hot Dogs to pupils between performances - £1.50 (cash or 'finger') or again pupils can opt to bring a packed tea. Take Away Food (e.g. MacDonalds) may not be brought onto the school site by pupils in any year group on either night. Thank you in anticipation of your help with this. Any questions about the practical arrangements for House Drama next week should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We are all looking forward to three great performances!  Pate’s House Drama 2017 tickets are still available for the matinée performance (here).

House Drama - PARENT HELP NEEDED! The PA needs more volunteers to help serve refreshments at next week’s House Drama. Specifically they are short of help for the intervals in all three shows and to help serve food to all the students taking part from 4pm and 5.30pm on Wednesday (19th July). If you have some time or are coming to a performance please consider clicking on http://doodle.com/poll/iiyy7kga7mmbuxys, popping your name down and ticking the time slot when you can help. Thank you.

PA's second-hand uniform needed! The PA's second-hand uniform sale was so successful at the Year 7s evening that is has been almost completely stripped of stock! Please, please, they beg, could you check through cupboards and donate any uniform you no longer need in particular sports kit and girls uniform. Please hand in to Reception. Thank you!

Charity Day Rides and Stalls! Please note that next Thursday 20th July – the penultimate day of term – is our annual Charity Day at school, organised by a team of sixth formers to raise money for their chosen charities: Cancer Research UK and British Heart Foundation. Students will pay £1 to dress in red, blue and pink (£1.50 for normal mufti). There will be wet inflatable rides, so students will need to bring a spare pair of clothes and towel for this. We also advise sun cream, a hat and plenty of water. Students will need to bring spending money so that they can go on the rides and take part in other activities and stalls. Small snacks will also be available to buy.

ORDER YOU HOUSE POLO SHIRTS FOR SEPTEMBER HERE: We are opening the ordering window for the optional House Polo shirts with an option to order and make payment via Schoolgateway. The order window will be open until Tuesday 18th July so that the bulk order can be placed before the summer holiday and the shirts available at the start of the new term in September. The polo shirts cost £10 each and are a classic polycotton polo shirt with collar, flat knit cuffs and three button neck opening. They also feature the school logo and relevant house name. The House Polo shirt is an OPTIONAL purchase but many students like to wear them for the various House Events that take place throughout the school year. If you would like to order one please do so via Schoolgateway (here). There is no need to indicate colour as this will come through against your son/daughter’s name when you place an order but it is ESSENTIAL THAT YOU INDICATE IN THE COMMENTS BOX THE SIZE YOU WANT. The 9-10 and 11-12 sizes are in the children’s range and the XS – L sizing are in the adult range, so the cuff diameter is more generous. Please follow this link to see a table of measurements / sizes.

Host Families for Chinese Students in September: We are pleased to announce that as part of continued friendship with HaiLiang School in China, we are offering students the chance to host a Chinese young person this coming September. Hosting forms are available here. To ensure that you are in with a chance and don't miss out, forms must be returned by Friday 7th July. Please follow this link for further information and answers to frequently asked questions attached.

As we approach the summer holidays I wanted to draw your attention to a new Netflix film which is being released on Friday called ‘To The Bone’. Eating disorder charities are divided on the show, with some worrying it will glamorise eating disorders. A useful link about the film can be found here http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/40553260/new-netflix-film-about-anorexia-divides-eating-disorder-activists . Our recommendation is that you watch the show yourselves first of all and if you deem it appropriate then watch it together with your son or daughter before having a discussion of the characterisation and portrayal of eating disorders. As always we will continue to support students to make healthy choices and lead healthy lifestyles through the pastoral system, PDC curriculum and academic lessons. We just felt it prudent to draw your attention to it before the holiday. Andrew Jones, Deputy Head.

OPRO Mouth guard fitting:  As in previous years, we have organised for OPRO to visit school with 2 dental teams to professionally fit mouth guards. As a school we highly recommend mouth guards for rugby and hockey to protect from impact injuries and potential concussion. The mouth guards are of excellent quality, designed individually and are always named. Please see the attached information and contact OPRO directly if you are interested in booking your child in for a fitting. The fitting will take place in the Art Gallery on Wednesday 13th September from 1.30pm. 

Summer sports team photos:  A reminder that our summer team photos are now available from Academy Portraits by using the following link and access code: www.academyorder.co.uk. Access code: 4MQGF54L.
Pre-season rugby training:  With everyone excited about next season’s rugby, pre-season training has been organised for Friday 1st September, as detailed in the attached letter. Please make every effort to attend.  Thank you.

Calendar Update:
• Tues 18 July – House Drama Performance @ 7pm
• Wed 19 July – House Drama Matinée Performance @ 2pm
• Wed 19 July – House Drama Performance & Adjudication @ 7pm
• Thurs 20 July – Summer Charity Day student entertainments from 1pm
• Fri 21 July – School finishes for summer at 12:00 – buses will arrive early

Trip this week: Prague Music Tour: 21st July – 27th July 2017

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Year 7 Rounders District Tournament: The Y7 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! Congratulations and very well done to them.

You may have previously read about the unprecedented individual 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

Rehearsals are going very well for next week’s House Drama and the excitement is building. Our independent judges very kindly came into school to see how rehearsals are progressing, ready for their very difficult adjudication on Wednesday evening after the final performance. It has been great to hear music and singing all around school and I know that House Drama will be a spectacular finale to mark end of another year at Pate’s. I wish everyone a restful weekend to recharge those batteries for a very tiring last week of term, and I look forward to welcome many of you to the performances on Tuesday and Wednesday, when we can marvel at one of the most special events in the school year.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master 

Head Master's Message w/c 10th July 2017

HEADLINES:

  • Pate’s House Drama tickets now on sale
  • Lower School Music Competition results
  • Sports Celebration Evening Awards
  • CCF Update
  • PA Back to School 80s & 90s Disco – Monday 10 July 7-9.30pm
  • Second-hand uniform needed
  • Pate’s Aprons for sale
  • Summer Sports Teams – photos available to order
  • Staff Vacancy for Science Support Worker
  • Mobile Phones / Devices in school
  • Snapchat Dangers!
  • 2017-18 Calendar / 2018-19 Term Dates Published
  • Unprecedented Success in Cambridge Chemistry Challenge 2017
  • National Enterprise Competition news
  • Rounders Tournament Success
  • GYP ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ tour 2017
  • Cory Band concert – Sun 8 October 5-7.30pm
  • Calendar and Trips Update
  • Tewkesbury Medieval Festival this weekend

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Pate’s House Drama 2017 tickets are now on sale! There are record numbers of students taking part this year and tickets will sell out very quickly, especially for the evening performances. Please do, where possible, consider the matinée performance, especially if you are buying more than 2 tickets – it is ideal for grandparents and younger families; there is a lovely atmosphere and it is every bit as good as the evening performances, just a less busy, more relaxing experience! Tickets are available on the school website (here).

It has been an exciting week of activities and events. It was great to hear so many performances on a wide range of instruments and from beginners up to diploma level in Tuesday’s Lower School Music Competition! The results for each class are attached here.  Many thanks to Oliver Parker (CLC), Helen McNaught and Charlotte Lapham for adjudicating. Over 200 parents and students enjoyed the Sports Celebration Evening on Tuesday, hearing speeches from team captains about the highs and lows of their season. Please follow this link for full details. Players’ Player of the Year awards were presented by the staff following a student vote (click here for details). The highlight of the evening was an inspirational speech from ex-student Holly Hill - as well as studying at Cambridge University, she was also a member of the successful Varisty boat race team this year. We were lucky she could squeeze us into her busy schedule before flying to Switzerland the following morning to compete for the first time for GB seniors with her target of Tokyo 2020 in her sights.

The CCF return to Pate's today after a busy week at Okehampton Battle Camp. The contingent came away with prizes as winner of the Wyvern Challenge with an outstanding performance at competition events which included shooting, command tasks and military skills. In addition, the contingent was awarded the prize for best overall contingent. Individual prizes included: Best shot of basic cadets - Tom Stevens; Best shot of advanced cadets - James Nicholls; Best basic phase cadet - Alice Folkard; Best advanced phase cadet - Harry Folkard. Contingent prizes awarded were: Best overall cadet - Ollie Karn; Most improved cadet - Poppy Romback; Cadet showing best leadership potential - Dolores Fawcett-Till. The camp had many varied and exciting activities, including a day of adventure training where the cadets were able to conquer any fear of heights on the high ropes and display their planning and construction skills with a raft race. Military skills were taught and practised and all basic cadets received their signals qualification. The military activities were very popular and the cadets applied themselves to the training, returning with no injuries and in high spirits! It was a pleasure to accompany them; their behaviour and their initiative were exemplary and they very much deserved their Best Contingent Award - congratulations and well done to them. Commander Cameron MacKay

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JOINING CCF 2017-2018: The CCF website now has details of joining CCF for the academic year 2017-2018 (here). Current Y8 Students: Applications are accepted for those who are entering Y9 in September 2017 (application form below). New joiners to 6th Form: In addition, those who attend 6th form can now also join the CCF as late joiners and will need to complete the same form (below). Credit is given for previous cadet experience and rank from other cadet units when you join Pate’s CCF. Direct link to application form here.

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We look forward to another week of end of term activities and trips and if you would like to join me for an end-of-term bop then please come to the PA's Back To School 80s and 90s disco this Monday (10th July) from 7pm to 9.30pm in the hall. Old Pate's boy and professional DJ Pete French will be putting us through our paces. Hope to see you there. Tickets adults £5, children £1 (pay on the door). Refreshments available in the Gallery. Any queries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PA's second-hand uniform needed! The PA's second-hand uniform sale was so successful at last week's new Year 7s evening that is has been almost completely stripped of stock! Please, please, they beg, could you check through cupboards and donate any uniform you no longer need. Please hand in to Reception. Thank you!

We have a small number of Pate’s aprons for sale at £8 each – they are black and decorated / embroidered with Pate’s in red stitching. If you would like to buy one please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before Friday, so that payment options via Schoolcomms Gateway can be set up for you.

Summer Sports Team Photos:  our summer team photos are now available from Academy Portraits by using the following link and access code: Link: www.academyorder.co.uk.  Access code: 4MQGF54L.

Staff Vacancy for a Science Support Worker: would you, or someone you know, be able to support and tutor GCSE and A level students (one to one and small group settings) in at least 2 of Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics? Available 2 -3 days per week (term time only) between 8:40 a.m. and 3:40 p.m? Pate's Grammar School is looking to recruit somebody for the above part time role starting in September 2017, initially on a one year contract. Please contact Rachel Thorpe (Assistant Head) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested or would like to understand more about this post. The closing date for applications is Monday 17th July 2017.

Mobile phones / devices in School: schools have long been divided on the use of mobile devices during the school day and many have recently reviewed their policies, with a number of schools choosing to ask students to leave them at home, and others removing all guidance on their use, giving unfettered access to them. During the Christmas term we undertook a digital detox and the feedback from you as parents was supportive of this. As a school we have reached a decision on how we would like to proceed with a trial mobile phone policy for the next academic year. Please follow this link for further details. If you have any queries please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

CAUTION: Snapchat dangers! We have been made aware that, following a recent Snapchat update (these are usually automatic), standard settings allow others to see the location (or last known online location) of users. More alarmingly, this also means that if a student (or any Snapchat user) posts to a public story then anyone can see what they've photographed or videoed. This shows up on the map and, by zooming in or out, can bring it down to a local view pinpointing buildings, thus seeing where people live or spend their time. However, it is possible to turn this feature off by clicking 'settings' and going to 'ghost mode' but this must be done manually. Please follow this link to the BBC website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-40509281) for further information.

The 2017-18 school calendar is now published on the school website (here). A list of term dates for 2017-18 and 2018-19 (INSET days as yet unpublished) is also available on the school website. Please note that the online calendar will continue to be updated with latest events and trips, and may occasionally be subject to alterations due to unforeseen circumstances. If you have any queries regarding the school calendar please email enquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Outstanding Success in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge 2017: Congratulations to Michael Brownlie, Ned Flewitt and Tom Hodgkinson, Y12 students who achieved highest honours in this year’s challenge. It is worth adding some background information so that we can appreciate this incredible achievement: 7058 students in the country sit the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge; of these, 55 students achieve the amazing heights of a Roentgenium award - higher than the traditional gold award - of these, 5 students in the country achieved 60/68 or above; of these, Tom, Michael and Ned are 3 of them. This is unprecedented in the history of sitting this challenge. Congratulations to them and all the rest of the Year 12s who sat the paper.

National Enterprise Competition final: well done to our team of Y9 students: Ryan Eccles, Isaac Fee, Emilia Miller, Aayush Mohta, Matthew Robyns-Landricombe and Eleanor Stiles, who, although pipped at the post this time, clearly impressed the judges in this exciting final, hosted by CBBC’s Sam & Mark and key backer Theo Paphitis. Here is the team photographed with Olympic gold medallist Joe Clarke.

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Pate's U14's Rounders Tournament – gripping report! After a successful afternoon of House Rounders, the Y9 team were excited going into the tournament on 27 June. 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 won, putting them top of the group, with 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. Hurray! 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.

Forthcoming Events:
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PA's Back To School 80s and 90s disco this Monday (10th July) from 7pm to 9.30pm in the hall. Old Pate's boy and professional DJ Pete French will be putting us through our paces. Hope to see you there. Tickets adults £5, children £1 (pay on the door). Refreshments available in the Gallery. Any queries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


GYP ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ tour 2017:  GYP is a youth theatre company made up of Pate’s students past and present – a perfect summer’s evening entertainment!

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We are privileged to have the world-famous Cory Band performing at Pate’s on Sunday 8 October 3-5.30pm. Please following this link for full details. Tickets cost £10 – or £15 to sit on the balcony – and are available to buy on our website (here). To see The Cory Band perform live is honestly breath-taking, so don’t miss out! Please do spread the word (this event is open to the general public).

Calendar Update:

  • Mon 10 July – Back to School 80s & 90s School Disco 7-9.30pm (hall) Family event
  • Tues 18 July – House Drama Performance @ 7pm 
  • Wed 19 July – House Drama Matinée Performance @ 2pm
  • Wed 19 July – House Drama Performance & Adjudication @ 7pm
  • Thurs 20 July – Summer Charity Day student entertainments from 1pm
  • Fri 21 July – School finishes for summer at 12:00 – buses will arrive early

Trips this week:

  • 10 July – Yr9 Warner Brothers Trip
  • 10 July – Yr7 History Trip
  • 12 July – Yr12 STEM Dyson Trip
  • 16 July – South Africa Hockey/Netball Girls Tour sets off

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A reminder to those who bring cars onto the school site – please keep speed right down and drive carefully on site. Thank you.


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Well done to Y7 who produced these huge gargoyles for the Tewkesbury Medieval Festival this weekend. They will be on display as part of the Carnival Parade on Sunday at 11.15am (from the High Street, down Church Street to Lower Lode Lane). For full details and programmes for Saturday and Sunday events you can visit their website: www.tewkesburymedievalfestival.org.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

Head Master's Message w/c 3 July 2017

 HEADLINES:

  • Athletics Update
  • UK Team Maths Challenge
  • Joining CCF 2017-18
  • BBC Micro:Bit computing / coding competition
  • Upcoming Events
  • Sports Celebration Evening – Tues 4 July @ 7pm in the hall
  • Junior Concert – Wed 5 July @ 7pm in the hall
  • Summer Art Exhibition Private View – Thurs 6 July 4.30-7pm in Gallery
  • Family School Disco – Mon 10 July 7-9.30pm in the hall
  • Cory Band Concert – Sun 8 October 3-5.30pm in the hall
  • Calendar & Trips Update
  • School Transport Update
  • Piano & Music Recital raises over £1,000 for charity

Exams are officially over for another year and we are into the final three weeks of summer activities, including massed orchestra and choir workshops, climbing wall, cookery, bushcraft, archery, orienteering and a Philosothon, as well as exciting trips and activities being organised in departments around school. House Drama rehearsals begin this week, in preparation for three performances over the last week of term. The theme this year is Myths and Legends from Around the World and posters are beginning to go up around school advertising the various productions. This is a lovely time of year in school, when the students have been able to choose what they would like to do from an array of exciting activities, and my thanks to Rachel Thorpe and Rob Swan for their hard work in making it possible to produce individual timetables for all students.  Quite a feat!

Athletics Update:  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 and 4x100m relay
  • Holly Bankes (Y12) Senior Girls 400m
  • Melissa Bird (Y13) Senior Girls Discus

UK Team Maths Challenge: A team of four pupils, Katy Daly (8G), Sophie O’Riordan (8Y), Rish Fulmali (9R) and Rushil Raina (9R) competed against teams from across the UK in this year’s UK Team Maths Challenge trophy on Monday 19th June at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London. Over 1750 schools entered the competition and Pate’s were crowned the winners in the regional finals held at Wycliffe College in April. As winners they won the opportunity to compete as one of the 88 teams to have qualified to take part in the national final. The competition at the final was very strong but Pate’s finished in the top half of the schools in the country, a great achievement! These pupils were chosen following a selection process which was open to all year 8 and 9 pupils. They had then been attending regular practise sessions in their lunch times to prepare and had to work together on a number of different mathematical rounds. Thanks to Sophie Dodds in the Maths Department, who ran all the training sessions and accompanied the students to London for the national finals on one of the hottest days of the year!

JOINING CCF 2017-2018: The CCF website now has details of joining CCF for the academic year 2017-2018 (here). Current Y8 Students: Applications are accepted for those who are entering Y9 in September 2017 (application form below). New joiners to 6th Form: In addition, those who attend 6th form can now also join the CCF as late joiners and will need to complete the same form (below). Credit is given for previous cadet experience and rank from other cadet units when you join Pate’s CCF.  Direct link to application form here.

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BBC Micro:Bit @Pate’s: I pleased to announce that all of the current Year 7 students have been given their own BBC Micro:Bit. It is theirs to keep forever! This is a powerful minicomputer that has been provided by the BBC, in conjunction with other sponsor companies. The aim is to inspire students to get involved in computing, specifically coding! The students have just completed a unit in their computing lessons that gave them an introduction into how to program the Micro:Bit and they now have the summer holidays to prepare for next term, when there will be a competition running (details will be announced at the beginning of the Autumn Term). There are excellent resources to inspire students on the Micro:Bit website (here), including Coding with Dr Who and Robot Wars!

Upcoming Events:

School Sport Celebration Evening – Years 7-10 - Tuesday 4th July 7-9.30pm in the main hall: We would like to invite all pupils and parents with any connection to sport at Pate’s in Years 7 to 10 to our “Sports Celebration Evening”. The event will begin at 7pm in the main hall at Pate’s on Tuesday 4th July and finish by about 9.30pm. The PA will be serving drinks and snacks during the evening. The captains and players of our teams will present a review of their season, with players’ player of the year presentations and any trophies celebrated. Our special guest will be former student Holly Hill, who is a GB U23 rower as well as being a member of the winning Cambridge Varsity boat race this year. Please follow this link to book your free places for this event. Here’s looking forward to a sporty evening, from Mr Dandy and the PE Department.

Junior Concert – Wednesday 5th July 7pm in the hall: Tickets are now available for this, the final concert of the school year. Do join us to celebrate the talent and dedication of our young musicians and choirs - it is such a pleasure to see how they have developed over the year. It is always a warm relaxed evening and there will be a bar provided by the Parents’ Association – a lovely way to celebrate the end of another musical year at Pate’s. Tickets cost £6 (adults) and £4 (students) and are available from Ticketsource (here).

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Pate’s Art Department invites you to join them at their Summer Exhibition Private View in the Gallery on Thursday 6th July between 4.30 & 7pm. Do pop in for drinks and nibbles and enjoy the breath-taking artwork produced by our sixth formers this year.

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Parents let your hair down at the end of term!  With so many opportunities for the students to celebrate the end of another school year, the PA thought it would be a great idea for parents to be able to celebrate the end of another school year too, and I would like to invite you to join me at their 80s & 90s school disco on Monday 10 July 7-9.30pm in the hall. Refreshments will be on sale in the gallery and tickets cost £5 on the door. Bring the children along – it’s a family disco and they won’t be embarrassed at all. 
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We are privileged to have the world-famous Cory Band performing at Pate’s on Sunday 8 October 3-5.30pm. Please following this link for full details. Tickets cost £10 – or £15 to sit on the balcony – and are available to buy on our website (here). Cory Band concerts are incredible – so don’t miss out, and please do spread the word (this event is open to the general public).

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Calendar Update:

  • w/c 3 July – Activities Fortnight – personalised student timetables
  • Mon 3 July - Sports Tour - Parents Information Evening @ 6pm (Gallery)
  • Tue 4 July – Sports Celebration Evening @ 7pm (hall)
  • Wed 5 July – Junior Concert @ 7pm (hall)
  • Wed 5 July – Prague Music Tour - Parents Information Evening @ 6pm (hall, immediately before concert)
  • Thur 6 July – Summer Art Exhibition Private View 4.30-7pm (Gallery)
  • Mon 10 July – 80s & 90s School Disco 7-9.30pm (hall)  Family event
  • Tues 18 July – House Drama Performance @ 7pm (tickets available soon)
  • Wed 19 July – House Drama Matinée Performance @ 2pm
  • Wed 19 July – House Drama Performance & Adjudication @ 7pm
  • Thurs 20 July – Summer Charity Day Entertainments from 1pm
  • Fri 21 July – School finishes for summer at 12:00 – buses will arrive early

Trips info for this week:

  • 4/7 - Yr12 Maths Conference Bath University (15 students)
  • 4/7 - Rymans National Enterprise Challenge Final - (6 Yr9 students)
  • 5/7 – English Trip – Romeo & Juliet – The Everyman – 19.45
  • 5/7 – Yr9 Wimbledon Trip (10 Girls) – All Day
  • 7/7 – Yr12 Girls Get Set Finals Day at GE – All Day
  • 7/7 – Yr12 Cambridge University Trip (37 students)
  • 7/7-9/7– Yr 12 Biology Nettlecombe Trip
  • Girls South Africa Tour – Parents Information Evening - 3/7 – 6pm
  • Prague Music Tour – Parents Information Evening - 5/7 – 6pm

Minibus Service to North West Gloucestershire: GL18 & GL19 Areas: A parent group is attempting to organise a minibus service serving the area to the North-West of Gloucester, as far out as Dymock, Redmarley, and Pendock. The intention is that pupils would be picked up from their front doors. The actual cost would be dependent on the route dictated by those using the service, but they have obtained an indicative price for a minibus driven by a CRB checked driver, travelling out from Gloucester and travelling in a clockwise direction around the periphery of the intended area, and into Pate’s via Tirley: with fifteen users the approximate cost would be of the order of £6 per day, for mornings only. If there is sufficient interest in the concept, they will obtain a composite price for a morning and an afternoon run. If you would like to pursue this please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the first instance and we will pass your details on.

Finally, thanks to Edward Derbyshire and all those who attended his recent Piano and Poetry Concert, which raised over £1,000. This money will be divided between Making £nds Meet and Arthritis Research.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master 

Head Master's Message w/c 26th June 2017

HEADLINES: 

  • Activities Fortnight arrangements
  • Girls Athletics Success
  • Upcoming Events:
  • Sports Celebration Evening Tues 4th July @ 7pm
  • Junior Concert Wed 5th July @ 7pm
  • The Cory Band Sun 8th October 3-5.30pm
  • Hosts needed for Chinese students in September
  • Calendar & Trips Update
  • School Transport requests
  • School Gateway Update
  • Anyone for Croquet...?

We are now into the final week of sixth form exams and the countdown begins to the end of term, when I look forward to welcoming many of you into school to enjoy our summer events, including our Sports Presentation Evening, Junior Concert, Summer Art Exhibition (breath taking by the way!), and of course House Drama at the end of term! Staff have been brilliant, organising end of exam celebrations, trips and days out and I must say a very big thank you to Ruth Harding and Fiona Hutton-Potts in particular, for all the hard work and thoughtfulness that went into making the Y11 Prom such a special event and something to remember.

One more week of lessons and then the students will go off timetable for ‘Activities Fortnight’, the fortnight beginning 3rd July, which is crammed with activities, trips, rehearsals and events. Your son or daughter will receive their final personalised timetable by email over the weekend. Please do take time to look through this with them - it tells them not only which activities they are involved in, but also what they need to bring/wear each day etc. Any queries should be directed to Miss Thorpe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Orchestra & Choir Workshops: For parents of all students involved in the orchestra and choir workshops on day one of Activities Fortnight (July 3rd) there is a special message from Ellie Lane our Director of Music, which can be found by clicking here.

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 in the overall competition - twice as many points as 2nd place! 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 and thanks to Mrs Dandy and Miss Jones.

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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 (Y12) who won the senior girls’ 400m (a South West champion, against girls in the year above!). Here is an amazing set of results: Tim Andrew (100m 7th), Holly Bankes (400m 1st), Mel Bird Y13 (Shot 5th and Discus 5th), Rory Cawkwell Y12 (100m 2nd in heat and 200m 4th), Emma Clarke Y10 (300m 7th in heat), Will Crisp Y12 (800m 1st), Amelia Errington Y12 (800m 3rd), Oliver Keitley Y9 (200m 7th in heat and Triple Jump 6th), Grace Knapp Y12 (1500m 2nd), Inca Padfield Y10 (800m 2nd in heat), Molly Powlesland Y9 (1500m 6th) and Jamie Worman Y12 (Hurdles 3rd and Long Jump 5th).  Congratulations to everyone.

Sports Team Photos:  We are taking the summer team sports photos on Tuesday 27th June. Please see the attached timetable and be sure to arrive on time wearing the correct kit.

NB:  Students who ordered a winter team photo can collect from the refectory at break times or the PE office.

Upcoming Events:
School Sport Celebration Evening – Years 7-10 - Tuesday 4th July 7-9.30pm in the main hall: We would like to invite all pupils and parents with any connection to sport at Pate’s in Years 7 to 10 to our “Sports Celebration Evening”. The event will begin at 7pm in the main hall at Pate’s on Tuesday 4th July and finish by about 9.30pm. The PA will be serving drinks and snacks during the evening. The captains and players of our teams will present a review of their season, with players’ player of the year presentations and any trophies celebrated. Our special guest will be former student Holly Hill, who is a GB U23 rower as well as being a member of the winning Cambridge Varsity boat race this year. Please follow this link to book your free places for this event.  Here’s looking forward to a sporty evening, from Mr Dandy and the PE Department.

Junior Concert – Wednesday 5th July 7pm in the hall: Tickets are now available for this, the final concert of the school year. Do join us to celebrate the talent and dedication of our young musicians and choirs - it is such a pleasure to see how they have developed over the year. It is always a warm relaxed evening and there will be a bar provided by the Parents’ Association – a lovely way to celebrate the end of another musical year at Pate’s. Tickets cost £6 (adults) and £4 (students) and are available from Ticketsource (here).

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We are thrilled to announce that the world-famous Cory Band will be holding a concert at Pate’s on Sunday 8 October 3-5.30pm. Cory regularly wins both domestic and international brass band competitions and performs a widely varied repertoire of music at home and abroad to a professional standard. The band seeks to grow its art form with powerful and inspiring experiences for its artists and its audiences. Proud of its roots, this ensemble also dares to step out of the traditional brass band genre to deliver a tantalising mixture of both blockbusting and beautiful music that amazes and captivates its audiences wherever it performs. Cory Band, whose home is in Treorchy in the Welsh Valleys, comprises both male and female performers of mixed ages and backgrounds, hailing from near and far, but with one thing in common – the drive to do whatever it takes to keep Cory at the top of its game. Performances are wonderfully entertaining and offer music that everyone can enjoy. Don’t miss a fantastic opportunity to discover the brass band sound that is breaking new ground! Tickets cost £10 – or £15 to sit on the balcony – and are available to buy on our website (here). There will be a bar provided by our Parents’ Association.  Cory Band concerts are incredible – so don’t miss out, and please do spread the word (this event is open to the general public). Please take a look at the Cory Band homepage and the Cory Band Youtube channel.

Host Families for Chinese Students in September: We are pleased to announce that as part of continued friendship with HaiLiang School in China, we are offering students the chance to host a Chinese young person this coming September. Hosting forms are available here. To ensure that you are in with a chance and don't miss out, forms must be returned by Friday 7th July. Please follow this link for further information and answers to frequently asked questions attached.

Calendar Update:

  • Tue 27 June – Summer Sports Team photos (timings here)
  • Fri 30 June – INSET DAY NO STUDENTS IN SCHOOL
  • Sat 1 July – CCP Annual Camp (returns 7 July)
  • w/c 3 July – Activities Fortnight
  • Tue 4 July – Sports Celebration Evening @ 7pm (hall)
  • Wed 5 July – Junior Concert @ 7pm (hall)
  • Wed 5 July – Prague Music Tour - Parents Information Evening @ 6pm (hall, immediately before concert)
  • Thur 6 July – Summer Art Exhibition Private View 4.30-7pm (Gallery)

Trips this week: Y12 - Oxford University on 29 June

School Transport Update:

  • Travel-share enquiry from a family living in the Forest of Dean area (travelling from near Mitcheldean to Cheltenham daily ) – they would ideally like to provide transport home at the end of the school day, in exchange for providing transport into Pate’s in the mornings.
  • Travel-share enquiry from a family travelling in from Westbury On Trym, Bristol – to possibly share travel to the train station.
  • If you would like to pursue either of these enquiries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

School Gateway (our on-line payment system): Please note that the minimum student account top-up for next academic year will be increased to £25. Also, just a reminder that Refectory tokens can be purchased from the school’s Revel machine, using cash at any time.

Finally, anyone for croquet?! A family has generously donated a brand new Croquet set to the PA which they are selling to raise funds for Making £nds Meet. It is a great value, entry level complete croquet set, and includes mallets of all different sizes to suit even the smallest members of the family. It retails for about £95 but they would like £50. If you are interested please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. First come first served!

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master 

Head Master's Message w/c 19 June 2017

HEADLINES: 

  • Cricket Festival Week
  • ANNOUNCEMENT – Cory Band Concert @ Pate’s Sun 8 October @ 3pm
  • Host families needed for Chinese students visiting from HaiLiang School in September
  • County Music Auditions at Pate’s – Wed 28 June
  • Cheltenham Music Festival events
  • Pate’s Atheletics
  • Winter Sports Photos available to order
  • Calendar & Trips Update

Cricket Festival week: The sun shone for our annual cricket festival week with 6 competitive games played. The week started with the 1st XI battling against a strong group of former students in the Headmasters XI. School were chasing 205 to win with Innes Gardener ending on 97 not out after the 20 overs. Unfortunately the 1st XI fell 6 short of the run chase.

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The U13s and U15s both beat All Saints and Balcarras respectively in their leagues on the Tuesday with the U14s beating Balcarras in a friendly. The U15s game was a County Cup double header, which means they play Sir Thomas Rich’s in the final next week. The U15 girls XI played a game on the grass square against Kings, Gloucester. They really enjoyed the experience but were 23 runs short of the Kings total.

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The highlight of the week was the visit of the famous MCC men’s team to Pate’s on the Thursday. The young 1st XI did exceptionally well to limit the experienced MCC team to 123-7 at lunch. Unfortunately revived after some food the MCC pushed onto 246-8 before they declared. The 1st XI pushed hard with the bat with the talented Year 10s of Tim Andrew (49) and Oli Heaton-Jones (23) scoring freely. The highlight was Matt Long’s unbeaten 82 in a run chase that fell 35 short. Matt Long received the MCC Spirit of Cricket award for his top batting performance and attitude throughout the game.

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We are thrilled to announce that the world-famous Cory Band will be holding a concert at Pate’s on Sunday 8 October 3-5.30pm. Cory regularly wins both domestic and international brass band competitions and performs a widely varied repertoire of music at home and abroad to a professional standard. The band seeks to grow its art form with powerful and inspiring experiences for its artists and its audiences. Proud of its roots, this ensemble also dares to step out of the traditional brass band genre to deliver a tantalising mixture of both blockbusting and beautiful music that amazes and captivates its audiences wherever it performs.  Cory Band, whose home is in Treorchy in the Welsh Valleys, comprises both male and female performers of mixed ages and backgrounds, hailing from near and far, but with one thing in common – the drive to do whatever it takes to keep Cory at the top of its game. Performances are wonderfully entertaining and offer music that everyone can enjoy. Don’t miss a fantastic opportunity to discover the brass band sound that is breaking new ground!  Tickets cost £10 – or £15 to sit on the balcony – and are available to buy on our website (here).  There will be a bar provided by our Parents’ Association.
Cory Band concerts are incredible – so don’t miss out, and please do spread the word (this event is open to the general public). Please take a look at the Cory Band homepage  and the Cory Band Youtube channel

We are pleased to announce that as part of continued friendship with HaiLiang School in China, we are offering students the chance to host a Chinese young person this coming September.  Hosting forms are available here.  To ensure that you are in with a chance and don't miss out, forms must be returned by Friday 7th July. Please follow this link for further information and answers to frequently asked questions attached

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County Music Auditions at Pate’s: On Wednesday 28th June the Music Department will be hosting Gloucestershire Music auditions. This will give pupils the chance to audition for one of the county ensembles in school. If pupils would like an audition slot they should sign up at the music office by next Friday at the latest. There are several ensembles:

  • Gloucestershire County Youth Choir - open to keen singers in Years 7 - 13
  • Intermediate County String Orchestra for players grade 5 and above
  • Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Academy
  • Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra grade 5+
  • Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra grade 7+

If any pupils are unsure and would like to talk about it, please contact Miss Lane. Please follow this link for full details.

Cheltenham Music Festival - under 18s £5 only!!  Cheltenham's very own Music Festival, featuring top musicians from all over the world, starts on July 5th. We are incredibly lucky to live in or near a town with such a vibrant cultural scene! Even better news is that under 18s can access each concert for only £5, which is amazing value. I strongly encourage everyone to explore some new music and support part of what makes Cheltenham such a great place to live in. Full listings can be found here http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/music/whats-on/grid

Pate’s Athletics:
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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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).

  • Tim Andrew Y10 (100m 3rd)
  • Mel Bird Y13 (Shot 1st and Discus 1st)
  • Rory Cawkwell (100m 1st - Championship Record! - and 200m 1st)
  • Emma Clarke Y10 (800m 3rd and 300m 2nd)
  • Will Crisp Y12 (800m 1st)
  • Amelia Errington Y12 (800m 1st)
  • Luke Goddard Y10 (High Jump 1st)
  • Oliver Keitley Y9 (200m 1st and Triple Jump 1st)
  • Inca Padfield Y10 (800m 2nd and Triple Jump 3rd)
  • Babajide Popoola Y10 (100m 8th)
  • Molly Powlesland Y8 (1500m 3rd)
  • Jamie Worman Y12 (Hurdles 1st, 400m 1st and Long Jump 2nd)

The majority of these athletes have now been selected to represent Gloucestershire at the South West Championships in Exeter on Saturday – we wish them the best of luck. It is thanks to the dedication and enthusiasm of Pate’s PE staff that our students have so many opportunities to shine at top level sport – so congratulations to Simon Dandy and the team as well!

Winter Sports Photos: Our winter sports photos look great and are available for purchase from the Academy Portraits website (here) using the access code H48D8X8R. They will also be displayed in our sports photo boards in the main hall corridor. We are having all our summer sports teams photographed on Tuesday 27th June.

Calendar Update:

  • w/c 19th June – internal exams for Y7, 8 & 9 and mock exams for Y12
  • 21-23 June – 8B & 8G Camp
  • 23-25 June – 8R & 8Y Camp
  • Tue 27 June – Summer Sports Team photos (timings tbc)
  • Fri 30 June – INSET DAY NO STUDENTS IN SCHOOL
  • Sat 1 July – CCP Annual Camp (returns 7 July)
  • w/c 3 July – Activities Fortnight
  • Tue 4 July – Sports Celebration Evening @ 7pm (hall)
  • Wed 5 July – Junior Concert @ 7pm (hall)
  • Wed 5 July – Prague Music Tour - Parents Information Evening @ 6pm (hall, immediately before concert)
  • Thur 6 July – Summer Art Exhibition Private View 4.30-7pm (Gallery)

Trips for this week:
19 June - UKMT Maths Final, London
22 June – Yr 11 Trip to Thorpe Park
22 June - Yr 7 Trip to Drayton Manor

Congratulations to Y11 who have now finished their GCSEs and are off to Alton Towers next week to celebrate! Internal exams begin this week and I would like to wish the best of luck with those.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Message w/c 12th June 2017

HEADLINES:

  • Cricket Week Programme
  • Science in the Community
  • Science Technician Staff Vacancy
  • Sporting Excellence
  • Important reminder for unreturned rugby and football tops!
  • Winter Sports Team photos available
  • Y11 & Y13 photos - reminder that these are still available to buy online
  • Calendar Update
  • New Bus Route proposed - from Bourton-on-the-Water area
  • Lost Property Valuables
  • Golf Success

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It is Pate’s Cricket Week this week and I am looking forward to Monday’s match - Headmaster’s XI vs ex-Students from 2.15pm - as well as MCC vs Pate’s match on Thursday from 11.30am. Please follow this clink to see the full programme of events – everyone is welcome to drop onto the back field to watch some cricket.  My thanks to Brian Hamilton (parent) for the loan of the cricket marquee.

Last week our Science Faculty hosted the whole of Years 3,4,5 and 6 from Rowanfield Primary School, for two days of exciting hands-on Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The children had a great time and I am sure the excitement of those multi-coloured flames will live long in the memory! My thanks to Geoff Worth and all of our Science teachers for organising this really valuable event on the fringes of Cheltenham Science week.

Staff Vacancy: There is still time to apply for the Science Technician vacancy from September, based in the Physics Department, to work 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday term time only. Please follow this link to our website for full details and an application form. Applications should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., along with a covering letter explaining why the job appeals to you and what skills and qualities you could bring to the role. The deadline for applications is midday on Monday 12th June 2017 and interviews will take place during week commencing 19th June. If you have any queries about what is involved please email Liz Robertson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Sporting Excellence:
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 65 points. 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. Congratulations and very well done to everyone!

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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 as 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 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 - 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. Oil 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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IMPORTANT REMINDER – PLEASE CHECK YOUR CUPBOARDS! We are still awaiting the following unreturned items:

  • Rugby shirts
  • Rugby warm-up tops
  • Football shirts

It is really important that these are returned to the school office. Thank you for your help.

Winter Sports Photos: Our winter sports photos look great and are available for purchase from the Academy Portraits website (here) using the access code H48D8X8R. They will also be displayed in our sports photo boards in the main hall corridor. We are having all our summer sports teams photographed on Tuesday 27th June - details to follow after half term.

Reminder that the Year 7 & 11 class photos and Year 11 & 13 Whole Year Group photos are still available to order from www.tempest-groups.co.uk. Search for Pate’s Grammar school, password pgs1574. The time Lapse video for the large group photos can be found by following the link: https://youtu.be/KJQhzAxnYtw .

Calendar Update:
• Mon 12th June – Pate’s Cricket Week - Headmaster vs students from 2.15pm – all welcome
• Thurs 15th June from 11.30am – Pate’s vs MCC cricket match – all welcome
• w/c 19th June – internal exams for Y7, 8 & 9 and mock exams for Y12
• 21-23 June – 8B & 8G Camp
• 23-25 June – 8R & 8Y Camp
• Tue 27 June – Summer Sports Team photos
• Fri 30 June – INSET DAY NO STUDENTS IN SCHOOL
• Sat 1 July – CCP Annual Camp (returns 7 July)

School Transport Update: We have had an enquiry from a family living close to Bourton-on-the-Water, who would like to make contact with other families in the same area. If you would like to be put in touch please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., so that your details can be forwarded on.

New Proposed Bus Route from Bourton-on-the-Water area (from September 2017): Calling at Stow On The Wold Village Centre | Bourton On The Water Village Centre | Possibly Northleach Village Centre | Andoversford Village Centre.  If you would like to register an interest in this route please contact Craig Rob at A1 Connect Travel on 01242 699099.

We have a number of small, valuable items in Lost Property – including jewellery, watches, earphones, keys, memory sticks etc – and many pairs of glasses/glasses cases. These will be on display in main reception during the day – please encourage students to come and have a look, it may be that we can reunite a large proportion of items with their owners.  Here is a small selection:

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Congratulations to Harrison Ottley-Woodd (Y12), who won the South West Schools Golf Championship last week. He shot an impressive 6 under par for round 1 and 3 over par round 2, giving him a winning score of -3 Total for both rounds. Harrison will now be representing Pate’s at the English Schools' National Finals Championships later this month at The Kendleshire Golf Club.

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Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Half-Term Message May 2017

HEADLINES:

  • Cricket Week w/c 12th June – please join us and enjoy some cricket
  • Enigma machine comes to Pate’s
  • Staff Vacancy – Science Technician
  • Winter Sports Photos now available to buy
  • Calendar & Trips update
  • PQA Performing Arts Summer Schools @ Pate’s

GCSE and A Level exams are well underway now and there is a quiet determination about the school. My thanks to Mrs Dickinson and Mrs Graves in the exams office, who are doing a brilliant job of making sure everyone is happy and that all goes according to plan. Half term will be a good break for everyone and time to recharge the batteries. I am looking forward to Pate’s Cricket Week w/c 12th June – all are welcome to join us on the field watch some cricket – Monday 12th Headmaster’s XI vs Students from 1pm and on Thurs 15th Pate’s vs MCC.

Enigma machine comes to Pate's: Y7 & Y10 were treated to a lecture by Dr Mark Baldwin yesterday. Dr Baldwin is one of the countries most experienced speakers on WWII intelligence with a particular expertise in code breaking and the enigma machine. He spoke on the subject of cyphering from the early Caesar cypher through to coding during World War II, and bought in his own Enigma machine and demonstrated how it worked. The Enigma machines were used to encrypt data during World War II. Combining three rotors from a set of five, the rotor settings with 26 positions, and the plugboard with ten pairs of letters connected there were an amazing 3 x 10^114 (3 followed be 114 zeros!) different settings, given that there are 4 x 10^80 atoms in the observable universe it is a wonder that it was ever deciphered!

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Dr Baldwin was hugely generous with his time, after speaking to both Year 7 & 10 he stayed for an hour after school to talk to the many staff members that had sat in on the presentation. Some of the Y13 computer studies group also took advantage of his knowledge on encoding. Dr Baldwin is speaking at the Pittville Pump Room on 21st July, more information can be found here. A special thank you to Dr Tomasetto and Mr Swan for organising the event and to Dr Baldwin for giving his time and expertise on the Enigma machine.

Staff Vacancy: We have a vacancy in school for a Science Technician from September, based in the Physics Department, to work 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday term time only. The job includes organising practical work in the labs, assembling apparatus, maintaining equipment, ordering stock and liaising with teaching staff. Whilst a science background would be an advantage, it is more important to us that applicants are very organised, practical, forward thinking, flexible and able to use their own initiative whilst working as part of a team. Please follow this link to our website for full details and an application form. Applications should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., along with a covering letter explaining why the job appeals to you and what skills and qualities you could bring to the role. The deadline for applications is midday on Monday 12th June 2017 and interviews will take place during week commencing 19th June. If you have any queries about what is involved please email Liz Robertson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Winter Sports Photos:  Our winter sports photos look great and are available for purchase from the Academy Portraits website (here) using the access code H48D8X8R. They will also be displayed in our sports photo boards in the main hall corridor.  We are having all our summer sports teams photographed on Tuesday 27th June - details to follow after half term.

Calendar Update:

  • Fri 26th May – SCHOOL FINISHES FOR HALF TERM
  • Mon 5th June – School Restarts
  • Mon 12th June – Pate’s Cricket Week - Headmaster vs students from 1pm – all welcome
  • Thurs 15th June from 11am – Pate’s vs MCC cricket match – all welcome
  • w/c 19th June – internal exams for Y7, 8 & 9 and mock exams for Y12
  • 21-23 June – 8B & 8G Camp
  • 23-25 June – 8R & 8Y Camp

Trips for w/c 5th June:

  • 9th June – Yr8 Science Fair – Cheltenham Town Hall
  • 9-12th June – Yr7 Normandy Trip (50 Students)

The Pauline Quirke Academy, which operates from Pate’s, has a choice of fabulous summer schools (31st July – 4th August - 10am til 4pm) now available for booking:

  • Practical Film-making Masterclass with Film Director Omid Nooshin Musical Theatre
  • Acting Masterclass with Helena Devereux
  • Musical Theatre Masterclass led by professional choreographer and singer Leanne Verey
  • Junior Music Theatre Summer School (ages 8 and under) led by Emily-Rose Cluderay
  • Courses cost £220 (payable by instalments) There is also a discount for friends or siblings attending together - reducing the price to £185.
  • Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details. PQA website.

I would like to wish Pate’s families a happy half term.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

Head Master's Message w/c 22 May 2017

HEADLINES: 

An Evening of Music and Poetry – Fri 26th May @ 7pm in the hall
Performing Arts Summer Schools – Pauline Quirke Academy @ Pate’s
Sports News
Calendar / Trips Update
PA Back to School Day – Mon 10th July
New Bus Route from Moreton-in-Marsh / Blockley
Student Achievements

External exams officially started this week and school is quiet with our Y11s and Y13s on study leave.  However, auditions are well underway for this year’s biggest ever House Drama competition (Y7-10) – Legends from Around the World - and the students are looking forward to getting stuck into rehearsals once their exams are out of the way.  

Forthcoming Events:

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Edward Derbyshire invites you to an evening of music and poetry this Friday 26th May @ 7pm in the hall, "to celebrate what we all do so well as a community of staff and students and of the friendships and happy moments we share here at this incredible school. This will be a light-hearted evening’s entertainment - I shall be playing a selection of my favourite piano pieces, and introducing pieces from my favourite playwright. There will be refreshments throughout the evening, and participation from some of the Theatre Studies students, who will perform short monologues and duologues. Tickets cost £10 and are available on our website (here) – all proceeds in aid of Arthritis Research and to Making £nds Meet. I do hope you will be able to join us.” Edward Derbyshire, Head of Drama.

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The Pauline Quirke Academy, which operates from Pate’s, has a choice of fabulous summer schools (31st July – 4th August - 10am til 4pm) now available for booking:

  • Practical Film-making Masterclass with Film Director Omid Nooshin Musical Theatre
  • Acting Masterclass with Helena Devereux
  • Musical Theatre Masterclass led by professional choreographer and singer Leanne Verey
  • Junior Music Theatre Summer School (ages 8 and under) led by Emily-Rose Cluderay
  • Courses cost £220 (payable by instalments) There is also a discount for friends or siblings attending together - reducing the price to £185.  
  • Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.  PQA website.

English Schools Track and Field Cup – Gloucestershire round:  The 4 Pate’s teams competed exceptionally well against larger schools from all over the County, and should have qualified for the Regional Round in Exeter Arena on Tuesday 6th June.  The results were: Junior boys – 1st; Junior girls – 1st; Inter boys – 2nd; Inter girls – 2nd.
District Athletics Trials:  Pate’s had the most athletes from any other Cheltenham School competing for a place at the County trials on Saturday 10th June.  Congratulations to the following athletes on their outstanding performances:
U19s – Holly Bankes (1st 800m), Mel Bird (1st shot and discus with a new District record), Rory Cawkwell (1st 100m equalling the District record), Will Crisp (1st 800m), Amelia Harrington (1st 800m), Grace Knapp (1st 1500m), Jamie Worman (1st long jump and 400m);
U17s – Tim Andrew (2nd 100m), Emma Clarke (2nd 300m and 800m), Luke Goddard (1st high jump), Jade Gough (2nd 3000m), Inca Padfield (1st 800m), Jack Musselwhite (2nd 400m);
U15s – Nathan Acero (2nd discus), Daksh Bagi (1st long jump and 2nd 100m), Oliver Keitley (1st 200m and triple jump), Naomi Layzell (1st high jump), Molly Powlesland (2nd 1500m), Hannah Seakins (2nd 200m). 

Swimming success – Congratulations to Joseph Giles who achieved a silver medal in 100m backstroke (1:06.05) and a gold medal in the 50m backstroke (30.55), at the South West Regionals in Hengrove last weekend.  This qualifies him to swim at The English Nationals this summer in Sheffield.   We wish him the best of luck!

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Calendar Update:

  • Tues 23 May - School finishes early at 2pm (buses arrive early)
  • Wed 24 May @ 6pm in Refectory - Parents' Info Meeting re Y7 Normandy trip
  • Fri 26th May – SCHOOL FINISHES FOR HALF TERM
  • Mon 5th June – School Restarts
  • w/c 12th June – Pate’s Cricket Week
  • Thurs 15th June from 11am – Pate’s vs MCC cricket match – all welcome
  • w/c 19th June – internal exams for Y7, 8 & 9 and mock exams for Y12

Trips Update for this week:

  • Yr8 German Trip – 49 Students 22-26th May 2017
  • Yr7 Normandy Parents Information evening – 6pm in Refectory on 24th May

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Back to School Day for grown-ups (Monday, July 10th) is booking up quickly.  If you would like to book your place in class (a full timetable of lessons, school lunch, choir practice and PE) please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Tickets cost £50 for the entire day including Disco, or £5 for the ‘80s/’90s disco only – all in aid of school funds. For a reminder of the itinerary details please follow this link.

New bus route from September 2017 – Enrights of Cheltenham is planning to run a new route from Moreton-in-Marsh, through Blockley, Broadway, Alderton and Winchcombe.  Please follow this link for details of all pick-ups and timings.  If you would like to discuss this further please contact Paul Farrell on 07989 688221 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Congratulations to Junaid Hameed (Y12) who competed as a finalist in the International Public Speaking Competition 2017 in London last week.   Junaid sailed through the heats with his prepared and impromptu speeches and managed to get through the Grand Final, along with representatives from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Mexico, China and Sri Lanka. Please follow this link to watch the Grand Final and hear Junaid’s speech "Spoils of War".  Voting was very close, but the final winner was Australia and the runner-up Canada.  We are extremely proud of Junaid – to be able to speak at this level, writing speeches off the cuff and answering questions in an international arena is something most of us could not imagine having the courage to do.  Thanks also to our Head of English, Mrs Reid, for all her support and encouragement.

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Finally, just a reminder that school finishes early at 2pm on Tuesday for teaching training.  (Buses will arrive early.)

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

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