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HEADLINES:

  • Funding crisis in schools – BBC news (here
  • What a week of success in Athletics!
  • Second-hand school uniform & kit – Message from the Parents’ Association
  • Calendar / Forthcoming Events:
  • Music Tour photos (here

This has been a hugely successful and enjoyable athletics week for Pate’s, with lots of students taking part in the various regional competitions – please see the full report below. My thanks as always to PE staff for their endless enthusiasm and support.

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County Athletics Championships:  On Sunday 7th June, 12 Pate’s athletes represented Cheltenham District at the annual Athletics County Championships. They all represented Pate’s brilliantly, with some fantastic individual results.  The following are now County Champions in the age group and event listed below and will now represent Gloucestershire in Exeter at the Regional Championships, hoping to run, jump and throw their way into the 25 athlete Gloucestershire team for Nationals.

  • Oli Parmar (Junior Boys’ 300m)
  • Piper Holmes (Junior Girls’ High Jump)
  • Georgia Wray (Inter Girls’ Pole Vault)
  • Jacob Pickering (Senior Boys’ 800m)
  • Ben Clarke (Senior Boys’ 200m)
    Perhaps the stand out performances were from athletes who were crowned County Champion in two events! They are:
  • Rory Cawkwell (Inter Boys’ 110m hurdles and 400m)
  • Mel Bird (Inter Girls’ Shot and discus)

South West Track and Field Cup:  On Monday 8th June, after successfully going through from the Gloucestershire round, 4 Pate’s teams competed in one of the 3 English Schools South West Track and Field Cup competitions in Exeter. Pate’s were the only team to have all 4 teams qualify for the regional rounds.Many athletes achieved personal bests and were challenged by the high level of competition when competing against top schools from all over the South West of England. Finals team results competing against 8 teams were:

  • Junior girls - 1st
  • Junior boys - 3rd by 4 points
  • Inter girls - 5th with incomplete team due to injury
  • Inter boys – 2nd by 11 points

Year 9 Championships:  On Wednesday 10th June boys and girls competed against 14 other schools from the Cheltenham District at the Prince of Wales Stadium.  Our athletes rose to the challenge with some excellent individual performances. Pate’s continued the tradition of challenging for the top places by picking up points in many events.  Final positions were:

  • Boys – 1st by 6 points, pushing Dean Close into second place.
  • Girls – 5th (who were again troubled by injury)

Schools in Crisis
You may have already seen the BBC article (here), and I’m encouraged to see that our message is, at last, being heard. I would just like to add another reminder about our forthcoming finance presentations and encourage those that haven’t yet attended one to come along. The next presentation is taking place on Tuesday 23rd June at 5.30pm, and we are holding another (following the kind offer of a free venue), on Monday 6th July at 7pm in Cirencester. Please sign up in advance by clicking the dates below:
Tuesday 23rd June, 5.30pm, Pate’s
Monday 6th July, 7pm, Cirencester (United Business Centres (Midlands) Ltd, Cirencester Office Park, Tetbury Road, Cirencester, GL7 6JJ)
We are already working on how to tackle the even worse funding situation for the year 16/17 but we desperately need your help to solve the 15/16 problem first, which will be followed swiftly by a massive plea for help for the 16/17 year. Further information and details on how to donate are available (here).

Second-hand School Uniform & Kit – Message from the Parents’ Association:  New Year 7 parents will be visiting school on June 25th and the Parents’ Association will be setting out the second hand uniform. Any donations of good quality second hand uniform over the course of next week will be gratefully accepted – new parents benefit greatly from this service and it raises valuable funds for school.  We sell everything from blazers to sports kit at very reasonable rates. It is always possible for parents to buy uniform at other times if they contact the office and a member of staff will be happy to oblige. Stock enquiries can also be made to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you are donating uniform please consider filling in a Gift Aid form, available by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Calendar / Forthcoming Events:
Cricket week – w/c 22nd June. Programme: Head Master’s XI vs students (Mon 22nd June from 11.30am); Girls’ cricket vs Kings (Tues 23rd June from 1.30pm); U12 A & B teams vs Tewkesbury (Wed 24th June from 4pm); MCC vs Pate’s (Thurs 25th June from 11.30am); and Trinity Grammar School (Melbourne, Australia), vs Pate’s (Sat 27th June from 2pm). No need to book, just find us on the field behind school beyond the marquee.
A 'Night at the Musicals' - Wednesday 24th June 7-9pm in PAB. Tickets cost £3 are are available on Ticketsource (here).
INSET Day Friday 26th June (no students in school)
Sports Celebration Evening – Tuesday 30th June. Students and parents are invited to our annual Sports Celebration Evening in the main hall on Tuesday 30th June, 7-9.30pm. During the evening we will hear from our sports captains and present players’ player of the year awards. Our guest will be ex-student Holly Hill who was part of the Cambridge Boat Race Crew who rowed on the Thames this year. There will be a bar, selling drinks and snacks on the evening run by girls touring South Africa this July. Can students and parents please reply to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we have an idea of numbers attending on the evening.
Sixth Form Art Exhibition - Private View Wednesday 1st July 4.30-7pm in the Art Gallery.
Junior Concert - Thursday 2nd July @ 7pm. Tickets will be available on the door and cost £5 for adults & £3 for students.
Gloucestershire Youth Players (GYP) July 2015 Season. GYP is a theatre group for local young people over 16, set up and run by our Head of Drama Edward Derbyshire. They go on tour next month with their production of Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ and a number of Pate’s students and alumni are involved - please click on the image below for full details of dates and venues and how to book.

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It has been good to welcome back Y12 following their study leave and exams and they are now involved in a series of lectures and workshops to help them navigate future careers opportunities and the higher education and UCAS processes. Next week they are all off up and down the country on a week’s work experience across many different walks of life. Later this term they will receive valuable feedback from mock interviews and my thanks to Mrs Hooper and the sixth form team for helping them gain every advantage for their future education and career prospects.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

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