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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
  • 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