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  • School Funding – Government Consultation
  • Spring Fair raised over £8,800
  • Library Update
  • GCSE Drama practical exam performances (Confusions by Alan Ayckbourn) this week – Tues & Wed 4-5.30pm in PAB
  • Rugby Tour dinner and after dinner speaker Terry Fanolua - Fri 22nd April @ 7pm
  • Calendar & Events
  • Trips Update
  • Sporting Success
  • Making £nds Meet Update

National Schools Funding Formula – Important Consultation:  Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has announced the first of two consultations on vital funding reform for schools. Critics have long argued for a review of the disparities in school funding and hopefully through this consultation there may now be some light at the end of the tunnel. The results of these consultations will strongly influence what new funding arrangements will be phased in from 2017-18. The first of these proposes a national school funding formula which will include a basic per-pupil amount; and factors reflecting pupil characteristics, school and areas costs. The precise composition of the formula, and weighting given to the different factors, will be the subject of a further consultation expected later in 2016. If you would like further information please contact Stephen Locke (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
The fact is that Gloucestershire is a poorly funded county and Grammar schools in particular are badly affected. It is critical that we lobby hard to try and bring about much needed change. If you are able to spare a few minutes please follow the link to the online consultation below. Two of the 25 questions are really key, these are: 

  • Qu. 2 - Do you agree with our proposal to move to a school-level national funding formula in 2019-20, removing the requirement for local authorities to set a local formula? Yes, we believe this is an absolute prerequisite of truly fairer funding.
  • Qu. 20 - Do you agree with our proposal to require local authorities to distribute all of their schools block allocation to schools from 2017-18? Yes, we believe this is absolutely essential.

Please click here to take part in the consultation. Thank you. 
Just as we strongly encourage our students to be politically active within our democratic system, I urge parents now to get involved in this very important consultation; the implications for our children are huge. However, I am determined that in the meantime we continue to do everything we can to ensure that our own students are not disadvantaged as we wait for this to be resolved. 

I was absolutely delighted with the amazing success of last Saturday’s Spring Fair. Our Parents’ Association raised in excess of £8,800 – a truly staggering total. I would like to express my sincere thanks to everyone who supported this event in any way, whether by selling/buying raffle tickets, providing prizes, helping during the run up to the fair or on the day itself. I would like to add specific thanks to our Year 7 & 8 stall holders and young buskers. The fair provided a wonderful social atmosphere and I was delighted that families who are due to join us in September also came along. The funds raised are so important to our Making £nds Meet appeal and will provide our library budget for next year and help towards a much needed refit of one our IT suites. Thank you all.

The Scholastic Book Fair has been a great success. We sold £427 worth of books to students over the four days the fair was in the Junior Library. This means we receive a commission of £213 to spend on books from the Scholastic range for the Library. It has been a great opportunity for students to browse new books and to discuss choices with friends. A display of some of the new books chosen will be in the Library next week. Thank you to everyone who came along. A prize draw was held at the end and three names were selected to receive a free book from the fair. Our winners were Sophia Bursey (7B) , Shiva Tamil Kumaran (8R) and Henry Netting (7B). We hope to run another book fair next year and thank all our students for taking such good care of the books. We look forward to sharing the new books with you soon!

Well done to our students who will set off on their trip to Ghana this weekend with £2144 which they have raised through various means themselves. Thanks to everyone who has brought in football shirts – we know these will be hugely appreciated by the children in Ghana! Anyone can follow their progress whilst they are away by ‘liking’ the African Adventures Facebook page, or following them on Twitter @TripsInAfrica.  We wish them the best of luck.

This coming week GCSE Drama students will be performing Confusions by Alan Ayckbourn after school in PAB on Tues 22nd March and Wed 23rd March 4 til 5.30pm. Please do come along to support them and get a feel for what is happening in the exciting world of GCSE Drama. Please follow this link to book your FREE tickets

Calendar & Events:
Rugby Tour dinner and after dinner speaker Terry Fanolua on Fri 22nd April @ 7pm - PE staff have been lucky enough to secure former Gloucester and Samoan international player, Terry Fanolua as the after-dinner speaker for the Rugby Tour dinner on Fri 22nd April @ 7pm in the refectory. Join us for a curry supper with bar and a thoroughly enjoyable evening’s entertainment – tickets cost £15, all in aid of the Goedgedacht Trust in South Africa (providing vital health education to local children). Please click on the poster below for a booking form.

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Just a reminder if you are feeling energetic this weekend there is an 80’s themed Zumbathon in the sports hall on Saturday @ 12:30-15:30 in aid of local charities. All are welcome - £10 on the door.
School Finishes for Easter – Thurs 24 March @ 3.35pm
Students return to school – Mon 11 April
Jazz Night – Tues 12 April @ 7pm – Tickets cost £6 (adults) £4 (students) – available on the door.

A reminder of trips this week:

  • Ghana Trip 21st March – 2nd April
  • UK Space Competition – London – 18-20th March
  • Bank of England Target 2.0 Finals – London – 21st-22nd March
  • EDF Barnwood Famelab Finals - 24th March
  • North Wales 2016 – 11-13th April

Sporting Success!
Netball Champions
- There was great cause for celebration when the U15 girls netball team competed in the May Dent Tournament held at CLC last weekend. Pate’s had to play six games in their section and managed to win 5 of them, only losing to CLC. This meant they came 2nd in their group to go through to the semi-finals, where they played Wycliffe in a tense game that went goal for goal most of the match. Pate’s emerged winners scoring a penalty goal after the final whistle had gone to win the game. Pate’s had to meet CLC again in the final and this time managed to raise their game and in a nail biting finish they won that match 10-9, to become Gloucestershire county schools U15 champions! Here is a quote from captain Ella Devlin: “We've had a fantastic season and I would like to thank the whole team for coming to all our extra practises whatever the weather. It payed off in the end as everyone played incredibly. I'd also like to thank Mrs Mackenzie for being a great coach and giving us loads of really helpful advice. I'm already looking forward to next season.” 

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Basketball Champions - The boys U14 and U18 basketball seasons finished this week with both sides finishing off in style. The U14s beat all teams to win the Cheltenham and District League, scoring an average of 56 points a game. This means they will represent Cheltenham at the County Championships next year. After qualifying for the U18 County Finals the squad beat Crypt in the semi-final meaning they had to face the previously unbeaten Wycliffe side in the final. In a very tense final when the lead changed a number of times, Pate's held their nerve to win 37-35 and become U18 County Champions. Well done! 

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Gloucestershire Cross-County - After qualifying from the regional schools cross country in Cheltenham, Libby Cherry, Tom Davies, Jade Gough, Laura McPeake, Bethan Moor and Jacob Pickering all raced at the national schools cross country championships in Nottingham last weekend. They all performed well for the Gloucestershire team despite the tough course with Jade (Y10) and Laura (Y10) placing 143rd and 230th respectively out of the 343 competitors in the inter girls race; Bethan (Y12) and Libby (Y12) placing 72nd and 179th respectively out of 307 competitors in the senior girls race; and Jacob (Y13) and Tom (Y12) placing 125th and 237th respectively out of 310 competitors in the senior boys race. Congratulations and well done to them on their brilliant individual performances. 

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Gloucestershire U20s Rugby - Two current 1st XV players successfully represented Gloucestershire U20s Rugby during their 26-22 victory over Berkshire. They were up against Tom Head, former 1st XV fly half who now studies at Reading University. A great achievement for current and former students. 

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Finally, you will shortly be receiving in the post a leaflet about our Making £nds Meet appeal; I would be extremely grateful if you could spare a few minutes to read through it, when it arrives. I would welcome your feedback, as always (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). My thanks to Shirley Park and Alex Gregory in our Development Office for all their invaluable work supporting the school, its students and its staff.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master