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HEADLINES:

  • Welcome back - new year, new term … new build!
  • Parking on school site
  • Pate’s Partners – Business Breakfast 25 Jan @ 8am (book here)
  • National Council of Young Women visiting speakers
  • Pate’s “Obble” Hats have arrived (order yours here)
  • Calendar Update
  • Y10 & Y11 Girls South Africa Sports Tour LAUNCH – sign up by 29 Jan
  • Lost Property on display
  • Extra-Curricular Achievements

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Welcome back to a new year and a new term … and a new build! New Sixth Form Centre Building work begins this week!  Building contractors (E G Carters) will be setting up their compound in the bungalow car park immediately to the left of the main entrance this coming week. This means we will lose some car parking spaces and, once construction commences (22nd January), we will lose further on-site parking spaces. Builders will be on site for most of this calendar year and we ask for your consideration and patience during this time. We apologise for the inevitable disruption to parking and site movement but this will be kept to an absolute minimum, however we ask for your forbearance during these works. Just to confirm, contractors and students will be segregated throughout. Buses will operate as normal and our site team will be on hand at the end of the school day to direct traffic. For access on site during the day, please follow any signage. The gates to the left of the main entrance (by the caretaker’s house) will be open throughout the day as an additional exit. We will keep you updated throughout each exciting phase of development, but if you have any questions in the meantime, please contact the Bursar on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pate’s Partners: This building work is being funded by bid money granted by the Education & Skills Funding Agency, but we need to raise additional money for furniture and IT. We would like to call on our parent community to help us make contacts with businesses who might be interested in partnering with us to support or sponsor an element of the new build / refurbishment programme. We are launching our Pate’s Partners at a business breakfast on Thursday 25th January at 8am. Places can be booked here, or for more details of the project, updates and our sponsorship opportunities brochure, please visit the new build section of our website here, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

On the fifth of January, Pate’s was lucky enough to host two speakers from the National Council of Women: Barbara Maddison and Jenny Raw. The event, which took place during lunchtime, in association with the Amnesty International Group and the Feminist Society, attracted a diverse range of like-minded individuals. Barbara Maddison introduced the non-governmental organisation, outlining the history of the National Council of Women, which spans over one hundred years. It was founded in 1895 in response to the poor working conditions faced by British women. Different groups from around the country unified to form what would later be known as the National Council of Women. Jenny Raw then spoke about her experiences with the National Council of Young Women – formed more recently – and the amazing opportunities this had afforded her. Though only eighteen, she has already addressed the organisation’s national conference, and the Commission on the Status of Women’s UN conference. As students, this was truly inspiring to hear, and helped many of us to realise that age is not a limiting factor to activism. We hope that the talk will help more people to get involved with the work that this fantastic organisation does, and we cannot emphasise enough our gratitude for this wonderful opportunity.  Ellie Cheslin Y12

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The “Obble” hats have arrived and are available for collection, once purchased via school gateway (here). As part of the fundraising for South Africa 2018 tour, also supporting The Oddballs charity to raising awareness of Testicular Cancer, our rugby tourists would like you to play your part by purchasing your own Pate’s Obble Hat for only £15. Just pay via School Gateway (here) and we will do the rest! Thank you.

Calendar Update:

  • Y11 Mock exams until 11 Jan incl.
  • Y13 Mock exams 9-19 Jan incl.
  • Thur 11 Jan – Y9 Options Evening 7-8.30pm
  • Mon 22 Jan – Y11 Grade Cards published
  • Tues 23 Jan – EARLY FINISH – BUSES ARRIVE EARLY @ 2PM (no cooked lunch service)
  • Tues 23 Jan – 6th Form Open Evening 5-8pm

Y10 & Y11 Girls South Africa sports tour 2019 LAUNCH – Please sign up and pay £250 deposit by 29th January.

Lost Property: There is a large collection of watches, jewellery, memory sticks, glasses and other belonging currently on display in Reception. Parents are welcome to come in and browse - please encourage students to check through it as well. Thank you.

Extra-Curricular Achievements: Huge congratulations to our two sixth formers - Kiran Chakraborty, who has been selected for the Gloucestershire cricket tour to Sri Lanka in February, and James Nicholls, who has been selected for the British Cadet Rifle Team, travelling to Canada this summer. These are incredible achievements, and a great testament to the years of hard work both boys have put into to their respective sports. Well done to them!

 I am very much looking forward to the completion of our new sixth form centre and senior library, plus the subsequent refurbishment and transformation of the existing sixth form areas and common rooms. The new facilities will be hugely beneficial for the whole school community – we will keep you updated with progress over the coming months.  Finally, my thanks to parents supporting Y11 and Y13 students throughout thier revision and exam periods.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

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