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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

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