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  • Welcome
  • Notices
  • Trips
  • Bus and Lift Share Update

It has been a pleasure to welcome students at the start of a new school year, particularly our Y7s and Y12s who have now experienced their first few days as Pate’s students. In our first assembly of the year staff and students congratulated each other on the outstanding results achieved over the summer in the GCSEs and A Levels. I look forward to the year ahead with excitement and optimism and have encouraged our students to continue to intellectually challenge us and to ‘break the mould’.

Students have now seen for themselves the initial (ongoing) improvements to the school hall made possible by parents’ donations to the Annual Fund; as well as our fabulous new Reception area, revamped entrances, and 3 Science lab refurbishments (all thanks to our successful bid for a grant earlier this year). The old green gates have now been removed from all entrances and we will be phasing in automated biometric entry systems later this term. From now on students should use their own designated entrances (further along the front of school) and not use the main entrance unless they need the school office.

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In the interests of safety I would like to remind parents to refrain from driving onto the school site to drop off or pick up children. Please do park considerately at all times – please never block neighbouring driveways and keep noise levels and disruption to a minimum. We work hard to maintain a positive relationship with the local community and rely on your support to help us do this. Thank you.

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Notices:

Important information for parents of Y9 and Y10 language learners:
The Language Faculty has made changes to current GCSE examinations for French, German and Spanish at Pate's. Please click here for full details.
Individual school photographs for students in Y7, 8, 9, 10 & 12 on Wednesday 10th September.
OPRO mouthguard fittings will be taking place in school on Thursday 11th September (1.30-3.30pm). Please click here for full details.
Second-hand school uniform and kit will be available for parents and students to browse on Friday 12th September at 3.30pm. There is a large selection available to choose from but if you have any particular requirements please contact Bavna at the Parents’ Assocation by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you to everyone who has generously donated items – it is much appreciated.
House Drama DVDs are now available from the Reception desk. Please remember to bring payment (£10 each) if you have not already paid. The DVDs have been produced by our enterprising student Tech Crew to fund their planned audio-visual upgrades and improvements.
The Performing Arts Society for Pate’s Parents (past and present) - If there is sufficient interest in starting this parents' drama group it will meet every Wednesday evening, starting on 10 September at 7.30pm.  The aim is to produce one show a year, which can either be a formal performance of a straight or musical play, or a revue.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested or would like to know more.

Trips Update: (please make payments online via Squid)

Berlin Experience (re-launch) - February half-term. We are delighted to be able to offer a 4-day Berlin immersion experience to our Year 13 students. The trip will be of particular interest and value for German and History / Politics students. Please click here for full details and permission slip.
Y9 /Y10 German Exchange - the deadline to register for the German Exchange has been extended – if you would like to reserve a place on this wonderful, educational opportunity please return your permission slip and deposit payment by Wednesday 10th September at the very latest. Please click here for full details.
Y10 Art Trip to Gloucester Cathedra
l on 17 September - Please remember to send in your permission slips if you haven’t already done so.
Battlefield trip in October - final payment reminder that payment of £170 is now due.
Y10 Geography field trip to North Wales in April - deposit payment of £50 is now due
Ireland Rugby Tour – final payments of £300 are due by Friday 12 September at the very latest. 

Bus and Lift Share Update:

We have had the following enquiries from families hoping to make contact with others coming from the same area. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the first instance so that we can put you in touch.
Stroud area – we understand that the existing service is currently oversubscribed. Please contact us if you are affected by this or would like to consider a lift share arrangement, so that we can hopefully put you in touch with others in the same situation.
Stonehouse area – enquiries regarding possible lift share
Newent / Hartpury area – enquiries regarding possible lift share.

Finally, I hope students are settling in well to their new year groups at Pate’s but please do not hesitate to contact Heads of Year, the school office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or myself (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you have any queries or concerns, or just would like to share some feedback on how things are going so far.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

 

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