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HEADLINES:

  • Development & Alumni Committee – New Sixth Form Block
  • School Council Elections
  • House Art launch – ‘Relationships’
  • Pate’s STEM subjects exceptional ranking in National awards
  • PA Update
  • CCF Update
  • Stanger Danger Alert – Stroud area
  • Large collection of vinyl discs free to good home
  • School photos have been sent home
  • Diwali Celebration – tickets here
  • Calendar Update
  • Sports Success
  • Cory brass band on Sunday! Tickets here.

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The Development and Alumni Committee were very excited to present to the whole school in assembly this morning further details about our new sixth form and library block and the associated refurbishment of the vacated spaces. The building (designed by architect and former Pate’s pupil, Joyce Clifford of Quattro, who joined us for assembly) will be at the front of school on the site of the existing caretakers’ garages. The new build is as a result of a grant for nearly £3m won earlier this year. The committee shared pictures of the planned building and the construction and refurbishment timeline, showing works commencing in January 2018, explaining that these funds cannot be spent on anything else other than the build.  Therefore, our Making £nds Meet appeal continues to be vital, especially since we were unable to include furniture and IT in our bid for the grant, and we need to commence an additional fundraising stream to equip the building.

I would like to invite parents to join us for a presentation here in school on Tuesday 7th November at 6pm, during which we will share:

  • further plans of the new building and the construction timeline;
  • how the funding works and our continued need to Make £nds Meet in the short term;
  • further details regarding the recent news on education funding.

Further details will be sent in due course but places can be reserved here

The School Council launched this year’s elections of Y7-13 representatives in assembly this morning. Last year’s representatives did a great job and have had a very positive impact on school life. Not only do we now have a new bike shed and picnic table, plus recycling bins and vegan fayre the refectory - the art of bottle-flipping Pate’s-style has become legendary, following BF Tournament last year (hot on the tail of the Rock Paper Scissors Tournament the year before). The School Council goes from strength to strength and I know this year’s elections will be hard fought, with ambitious manifestoes and colourful hustings delivered in the year group assemblies. The deadline for manifesto applications is Friday 13th October, with hustings / voting the following week. Two representatives for each of Years 7-11 and three from each of Years 12-13 will be elected on 3rd November, ready for the first meeting of the School Council on 8th November. This is an exciting opportunity for students to bring others on board with their ideas and make things happen, as well as becoming ambassadors for the school, so I hope homes will be full of manifesto writing and hustings rehearsals this weekend!

Launch of House Art - ‘Relationships’ theme: Heads of Year, together with the Art Department, have launched the next House competition. The deadline for entries is 2nd November and, as always, judges will look for the creative interpretation of the theme and the skill demonstrated in using the chosen media. The only limitations are scale (no bigger than A1), students can work in any media they choose, but the work must be produced at home - the Art Department can’t supply any materials, however they are on hand to offer advice! The theme ‘Relationships’ links in with the 40th anniversary of our partnership with Lina-Hilger Gymnasium in Germany (German Exchange) and students are invited to enter their House Art piece for this too, the deadline for this is slightly earlier - Monday 30th October (so that the art can be displayed as part of the celebration on 4th November).

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We are very proud of the outcomes of all of the subjects on offer at Pate’s and we are delighted that one area has been recognised nationally. Pate’s has just been ranked 18th nationally for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects across all schools (including independent schools). This is confirmation of the outstanding outcomes our students made last summer. ‘Your Life’, the campaign to boost A Level Maths and Physics take-up has analysed School Performance Table Data from the Department for Education on England’s 2500 secondary schools. In doing so it has provided the first in-depth analysis of schools’ performance in terms of both STEM subject and grade performance. Please follow this link for further details.

PPA logo CopyYour Parents’ Association Update:  More than 60 volunteers from the Parents’ Association worked tirelessly during House Music to cater for 1,000 students and 1,200 audience members. A huge thanks to those who helped and those who shopped. In the process a fabulous refreshment facility was provided and more than £5,500 was raised for Making £nds Meet.  This is a huge amount of money which will be incredibly beneficial to our students - I can't thank the PA enough for all that they do, both in terms of raising money and also bringing heart and soul to all Pate's events.

The Second-hand Uniform cupboard is desperately short of supplies – especially small sizes and sports kits of all descriptions. Please clear out your cupboards and hand in any donations to the reception desk. If you have any questions or requests for specific items please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you to those parents who attended Wednesday’s PA AGM. Laurette Thomas (Chair) presented her annual report (download here – it is well worth a read) and it encapsulated a truly remarkable year. The committee proudly revealed that in the year to July 31st a record-breaking, phenomenal £40,542.75 profit was raised for school funds. However not only was an incredible sum raised, for the benefit of all of our students, including support for the library budget, PE department, IT, furniture for the newly refurbished OED classrooms, school planners, bike racks and picnic benches - a total of 23 events were supported with their legendary refreshment service. Huge thanks must go to the whole committee for their incredible energy, imagination and phenomenal drive to do whatever they can to support the school. We are so very fortunate to have such a fabulous Parents’ Association - we simply can’t do without them. They are always looking for new people to join them. If you would like to know more, not matter how much or little you would like to be involved, please join them for their next committee meeting at 6.45pm on 8th November, in the Development Office Bungalow, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CCF Update:
CCF Exercise Dragons Claw 2017: 43 Cadets across Years 10-13, have just returned from a soggy weekend’s training at Nesscliffe army camp. For Y11’s this was their first taste of leadership as Section commanders and 2i/c's leading the Y10's throughout all the exercises, as well as their section welfare. The seniors acted as Training Staff, enemy, Special Forces AND admin roles. Without exception, our cadets were exemplary. All objectives were met and exceeded during a very wet and physically demanding weekend. I apologise for the smelly boots and the extra loads of washing but you can all be very proud of your children, as am I. Thank you parents for your continued support.
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Skill At Arms (SAA) Training weekend 4-5 Nov 17: PGSCCF will conduct a skill at arms training weekend for the recruits section over the weekend 4-5 Nov 2017. The aim is to complete the weapon training syllabus over an intensive weekend of training for the Y9 cadets. Cadets will undertake the Weapons Handling Test at the completion of training and will thus be able to progress to the shooting phase of training with an opportunity to join the extremely successful Pate’s Shooting team. Any senior cadets present will be able to re-qualify on the weapon system at the same time. The weekend is Non Residential on school grounds at Pate’s CCF. Cadets will be required to bring a packed lunch and refreshments for each training day. Dress will be MTP PCS… Cadets from recruit troop (Y9) will be issued their uniform and boots during the SAA weekend. Full details are available on the website at http://www.pgsccf.com/saawe

Lord Lieutenant's Certificate for Meritorious Service: The Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet Award marks the achievement of outstanding service by an individual to their Cadet movement and is recognised by their appointment as a Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadet for the following year. This year, Cadet Staff Sergeant Ben North was invested to the position on Sunday 1 Oct 17 at the Lord Lieutenant’s awards at Imjin Barracks Officers Mess. Ben will have the opportunity to accompany the Lord Lieutenant, Dame Janet Trotter DBE, to events around the county as she represents Her Majesty the queen and carries out her civic duties. He will have the opportunity to meet with members of the royal family and other dignitaries whilst representing Pate’s and the Combined Cadet Force.  Congratulations to Ben.

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Captain Jane Jowett (Pate’s CCF and Outdoor Education Dept): HM Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificates for Meritorious Service were instituted to give public recognition to members of the Reserve Forces and Cadets whose efforts are not recognised by the twice yearly Honours Lists. The Lord-Lieutenant’s Certificate ranks second to the Queen’s Honours Lists. Over the past 3 years, Captain Jowett has significantly increased the availability of the DofE award scheme to include many more cadets and students. Through the Cadet Expansion Programme, she has also brought the DofE award scheme and shooting success to the cadets of Gloucester Academy CCF. Captain Jowett gives very little of her free time to herself and instead dedicates her spare capacity towards the development of the cadets in her charge and has made it her personal aim to ensure that her cadets and students achieve excellence and that they are supported and coached throughout. For outstanding personal commitment to the development and achievement of cadets, Captain Jane Jowett was awarded HM Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate of Meritorious Service on 1 Oct 17 at a ceremony at Imjin Barracks Officers Mess.

Stranger Danger alert (Stroud area on Thursday afternoon): 'A student was walking home alone from school through an alleyway when an older male, walking in the opposite direction, lent in towards the boy and said something to him in his ear which made him feel very uncomfortable. The boy immediately ran away and the incident has been reported to the Police. Anyone with any further information should contact the Police quoting incident number 132.

The Music Department has a large collection of vinyl - several hundred discs of assorted classical music - perhaps even some rare recordings? No vinyl dealer has been interested in taking them, so they are free to a good home. If anyone is interested, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss.

School Photos: Students in Years 7,8,9,10 & 12 should now have received their Academy portraits photograph order forms. Please note that all orders are to be placed on-line direct with the photography company.

Diwali celebration 2017 – tickets cost £8 (adult), £3 (students) and £20 (family of 4) and are now on sale (here). Please join us for an evening of Indian culture, music and dance on Saturday 14th October. Doors open at 4pm and the show starts at 5pm. There will be Indian food on sale, traditional Chaat Indian street food and market stalls, mehndi and face painting. This year there will also be an exhibition of Indian dolls (Navarathiri). Do join us to share this incredibly colourful and joyful event, which is organised once again by the Gowri Shanker family. All proceeds to the school’s Making £nds Meet fundraising appeal.  

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BBC Radio Gloucestershire will be featuring Pate's Diwali Celebration live this Sunday evening between 6 and 8 pm, featuring interviews with Thrinethra Gowri Shankar and Russel Ellicott.

Calendar Update:

  • Sun 8 Oct 3-5.30pm – Cory Brass Band Concert - tickets available here (and on the door)
  • Tues 10 Oct - school finishes early at 2pm (buses arrive early) due to staff training
  • Tues 10 Oct – please note that there will be no school lunch due to the early finish
  • Thurs 12 Oct 6.30-7.30pm – Y7 Parents’ Social
  • Sat 14 Oct 5-7pm – Diwali Celebration – tickets available here
  • Tues 17 Oct – India Trip Parents’ Information Evening 4-5.30pm in Refectory
  • Tues 17 Oct – Music Recital 6-7.30pm (more details to follow)
  • Wed 18 Oct – School finishes for half term at 3.40pm
  • Mon 30 Oct – School restarts
  • Wed 1 Nov – Careers & Higher Education Fair (Hall & Gym) + Alumni Networking event for students (Refectory) both 6-7.30pm (drop-in)
  • Thur 2 Nov – Y11 Parents’ Evening 4-7pm

Trips for this week – Yr12 Art Trip to Woodchester (15 Students) – Mon 9 Oct @ 9.00am-3.30pm

Sports Success: Last Wednesday our brilliant U16 netballers managed to get through to the final of the county tournament, thereby sealing a place at the regional finals in Bournemouth in January. This was something they narrowly missed out on as U14s and they have been focussed on achieving ever since.... and they did it!!! Please follow this link to read the Captain’s match report by Helena Cox.

Finally, I would like to thank all the students who volunteered to help out at our open evening this week, and to all the parents who took the trouble to arrange lifts etc. The students were a credit to the school and to their families and helped to make the evening a huge success. Thanks again to everyone who helped.

If you have tickets to see the Cory brass band on Sunday then you are in for such a treat – tickets are available here, or can be bought on the door. This is a large-scale event and seating is allocated on a first-come-first-served basis (the balcony is sold out). 

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master 

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