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HEADLINES:

  • Welcome
  • Parents’ Association news and AGM (Wed 7th October @ 7pm)
  • Support Staff Vacancy - Development Assistant
  • Trip Launch – Y9 & 10 French Exchange 2016
  • Schoolcomms Update
  • Calendar Update – mouthguard fitting; school photos; House Music; staff training dates
  • Travel-shares
  • Lost Property – Reminder do please label everything with your child’s name - now before it is too late!

It is a great pleasure to welcome you and your sons and daughters back to a new school year.  In the first assembly of the year I encouraged the students to challenge us, as well as themselves, and not to be afraid to approach things differently, ask questions and think outside the box.  It is particularly exciting to welcome all our new students, though I know it won’t be long before they no longer consider themselves ‘new’.  Induction activities for Year 7 and Year 12 will be taking place over the next few days, with a great variety of fun and games organised to help them relax and get to know each other.  House officials are beginning to organise rehearsals for one of my favourite competitions of the year – House Music (more information below), when all of Years 7 and 12 in particular are required to take part, along with the rest of the school.  This is one of our flagship events in school, not to be missed.  The theme this year is ‘Colours’ and Year 13 students will organise their Houses into boys and girls choirs, orchestras and jazz bands and there will be an almighty sonorous battle for the trophy.  I can’t wait!

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I would like to say a huge thank you to those who have sent in donations to our Making £nds Meet Appeal over the summer holidays. I will reply in person to all of them in due course. I would also like to thank the Pate’s Society, our alumni organisation, for their donation of £2000 to fund our Year 7 and Year 12 induction days.  Such generosity really helps us during our current very tight squeeze on finances. There will be more about the Appeal in my message next week.

Next month many of the existing members of the Parents’ Association committee will be standing down after years of committed hard work. A new chair, treasurer, secretary and committee members will be elected at the Annual General Meeting to be held on Wednesday, 7th October at 7pm in the Art Gallery. All parents are welcome to attend, vote for the new committee and to find out how the Parents’ Association can continue its crucial part in Making £nds Meet. Last year they raised £18,000! If you wish to stand for election, attend the meeting or find out more, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..Click here for the AGM agenda.

Support Staff Vacancy at Pate’s
Role: Development Assistant, reporting to Development Officer (starting in November)
Overview: To provide administrative support on all aspects of the Development Office’s work in its function to deliver the fundraising and alumni relations objectives of the school. The post-holder will be expected to demonstrate a significant amount of initiative and personal responsibility, as well as meticulous attention to detail and consistency.
Hours: Routinely 9.30-12.30 weekdays, term time, although flexibility in working arrangements will be required. The role will demand evening and weekend work and may require some work during the school holidays.    There will be a 6 month probationary period and it is likely that the role will expand.
Salary:  NJC Scale 14-17, £16,231 - £17,372 (full time equivalent), equating to £5,732 - £6,135. Additional hours will be paid at the appropriate overtime rate.
Please click here for full details of the role and how to apply.  Applications close: 4pm, Tuesday 15th September 2015.

Trip Launch:
Y9 & 10 Pate’s French exchange to Les Balmettes, in Annecy - May 2016 (French students in Cheltenham in March 2016).  We are very excited and proud to announce the 1st French exchange for Y9 & 10 French (I)GCSE students to our twin town: an opportunity to take part in a school-run exchange for Pate’s pupils to the beautiful town of Annecy in South East France.  The cost will depend on the number of pupils participating but based on 22 pupils participating will be no more than £365.  Naturally we will endeavour to keep the cost as low as possible, considering the current economic climate and the fact that this exchange is taking place over a week.  Please click here for full details and reply slip, which should be returned with £100 deposit by Friday 11th September.

Schoolcomms update:
We would be grateful if parents would add lunch money to students’ Schoolcomms accounts online as soon as possible, rather than sending in cash, as unfortunately we currently have a technical hitch with the cash payment machine in school.  Thank you.

Calendar update:
OPRO Mouthguard fitting – Wed 9th September – to order a mouthguard in advance of the fitting date please register with OPRO, as follows:

  • 1. Log on to the OPRO website www.opro.com  and choose the mouth guard you require from the designs shown.
  • 2. Place an order either over the internet, by phone or post
  • 3. In all cases please deal directly with OPRO and not the school
  • 4. OPRO will visit the school, take an impression and then dispatch the mouth guards to school for students to collect.

School photos Y7,8,9,10 & 12 – Thurs 10th September
House Music performances – Wed 23rd September @ 7pm and Thurs 24th September @ 2.30pm (matinée) and 7pm.  Tickets will go on sale next week.  Thank you in advance for your support with rehearsals etc.  More next week on this.
Early Finishes for Open Evenings and Staff Training:  Please can I take this opportunity to draw your attention to the following dates in the school calendar when school will finish at 1:35 p.m. and school buses will depart at 2pm. Our Tuesday Afternoon Programme offers students a wide variety of enrichment activities throughout the year, however on these 8 dates school will close early to pupils in order to allow staff to prepare for open evenings and to undertake staff training.  Please do contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions or queries.  The dates (all Tuesdays) when students leave school early are:

  • 29th September
  • 6th October
  • 10th November
  • 19th January
  • 26th January
  • 15th March
  • 26th April
  • 21st June

Travel-share Opportunities – Worcester and Gloucester / Forest:
Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the first instance if you would like to be put in touch with families in the Worcester or Gloucester/Forest areas to investigate possible travel-sharing to / from school. 

Lost Property:
Office staff have been sorting through a mountain of lost property from last term which has been gathered from around the school over the summer holidays.  All ‘named’ items will be returned to students and notified via email; the remaining lost property will be available to view in the lost property office (off main reception) for week commencing 7th September ONLY, after which time it will be disposed of.

Thank you for all of the generous donations of clothes for this year's Chernobyl Children's Lifeline Link appeal. The children arrived, had a wonderful time and had full suitcases of clothes to take home   There was a great choice for the children and the remaining clothes will be kept for next year.  Thank you once again, from The Geography Department.

I would like to extend a warm welcome to our ‘new’ parents (and congratulate you for getting to the end of the first of my weekly bulletins this year!).  Please do let us know (either myself here or your Head of Year) how things are going, any feedback on your experience is very valuable to us.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

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