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Head Master's Message w/c 23rd May 2016


  • Music Department ISM Gold Award
  • BBC Casting for quirky boys!
  • Diary Dates
  • ‘Tweedy’s Lost Property’ one man show – Thurs 2nd June 6-8pm
  • Maths success
  • Trips update
  • Whole School Photographs are ready for collection

Senior students have now begun their GCSE and A Level exams and there is a sense of purpose and quiet determination in school. The exams are running very smoothly and my thanks to Anne Dickinson and Sarah Graves for all their attention to detail to make this happen, and to pastoral staff for providing that extra support for any students who need it. There are foreign languages trips in the offing for the younger year groups, with some of our Y9 & 10s away on their French exchange and the Y8s off to Bremen in Germany this weekend. My thanks to the staff for taking the students on these trips – hugely beneficial experiences which I am sure they will always remember.
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Music Department ISM Gold Award: The Music Department has been awarded a gold award from the Incorporated Society of Musicians for their GCSE work. Last year over 20% of the cohort took GCSE music, making us one of only 87 schools in the country to have so many pupils studying music at GCSE. This includes the 4 specialist music schools as well as top independent schools which have a clear focus on music. Including these specialist schools we were ranked 19th in the country for the music results. It is wonderful to have such a flourishing Music Department and it reflects well that the value of studying the arts at GCSE is understood. Congratulations to Ellie Lane and her Music Department on receiving this impressive award. I am very proud that as a school we have so many opportunities to enjoy concerts and performances, which is only possible because we have outstanding staff who are prepared to give above and beyond to inspire students and make it happen. Preparations are already underway for the end of term House Drama competition, when the students will be showcasing all they have learned about music, drama, dance and, above all, teamwork and leadership. I can’t wait!

BBC casting agents will be holding an improvisation workshop in school next Thursday 26th May 6-7pm, in PAB. They are looking for boys between Y7-Y13 inclusive who think they are good at (comedic) improvisation – they are looking for boys who are funny, can improvise, and are perhaps more physically quirky, for a new BBC Three comedy series to be filmed this September. Anyone interested should contact Edward Derbyshire (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). This opportunity has been made available to our students through Edward’s youth theatre group, the Gloucestershire Youth Players.

Just a reminder that the MAT consultation period ends next Friday 27th May at midday and we would like to hear your views if you have not been in touch already. Thank to those who have taken the time to respond, either by email or in person. Your views are very valuable to us as we consider next steps.

Dates for Diaries:

  • Y9 performance of ‘After Juliet’ – Thursday 26th May @ 4.30-5.30pm (sold out)
  • School finishes for half term – Friday 27th May @ 3.35pm – return to school Monday 6th June
  • Y12 parents’ University Talk by Paul Teulon – Wednesday 8th June @ 6.30pm in Refectory

Tweedy’s one-man show ‘Tweedy’s Lost Property’at Pate’s over half term – on Thursday 2nd June 6-8pm. There are just a small number of tickets remaining for this incredibly popular show from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! Please buy your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment! Tickets cost £13 (adults) and £7 (students) - please click here to buy tickets.

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On 28th April Y7 & Y8 took part in the UKMT Junior Mathematical challenge. Nationally 40% of entrants receive certificates, however we are pleased to announce that we have: 65 Gold, 84 Silver, and 60 Bronze certificates. 27 of our students have been selected to take part in the follow on round on the 14th June – good luck to them and congratulations to everyone who took part and did us proud.

Trips going out this week:
Y8 German Trip – 22-27th May 2016
Y9 Art Trip to Hauser & Wirth – 25th May 2016

Finally, just a reminder that the whole school photographs have now arrived in school and are ready to collect at main reception.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

Head Master's Message w/c 16th May 2016


  • Goodbye to Y13
  • Lunch hour is moving to 12:00 for the rest of this term
  • Extracurricular clubs for this term
  • Order your House Drama t shirts asap
  • Upcoming Events
  • Trips Update
  • Sports News
  • Y9 Health Ambassadors Awards

Today is Leavers’ Day, a day of celebration for our Year 13s. They started the day with a full cooked breakfast and the whole school enjoyed their special awards assembly and citations.  We will certainly miss them, but hope they will join us for our Y14 Christmas reunion, as is now tradition. It was lovely to welcome Y13 parents into school last night for farewell drinks and to thank them for their support. We will see Y13 back in school for their exams and of course results day in August.

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Just to let you know that the lunch hour will change to 12:30 (not 1.35) from Monday, in order to accommodate external exams. So, lunchtime becomes 12:30-13:30 and period 4 becomes 13:30-14:30 i.e. lunchtime and period 4 swap, all other lessons remain the same. The new timings will be in place for the rest of the school year.

Please click here to see this term’s list of extracurricular clubs on offer.

The House Drama competition will take place as usual the last week of term and House Drama T-Shirts are now available to order. They are a lovely memento of a fantastic event, as well as a great top to wear during rehearsals and before performances. This year, by popular demand, t-shirts will be available for those helping in Year 12. If you would like to place an order, please do so by selecting the House T Shirt item on your School Gateway account (here), including an indication of colour and size, or by filling in and returning the attached form (here), together with payment to the front office. (Please note due to changes to bank charges we are unable to accept cheques.) Those who would like to order more than 1 t-shirt will need to send in an order form with cash for the second order (apologies for the inconvenience).   Orders should be placed by Tuesday 17th May.  Please see below for colours and sizes. Thank you.

XXS – 32 inch chest 60cm length
XS – 34 inch chest 65 cm length
S – 36 inch chest 70cm length
M – 38 inch chest 72cm length
L – 41 inch chest 75cm length

T Shirt Types:
Beaufort –blue with white print
Gloucester – green with black print
Pembroke – Purple with white print
Richmond – red with black print
York – Yellow with black print
Helpers – black with white print

Upcoming Events:
Y12 Theatre Studies students’ Monologues & Duologues – Monday 16th May @ 9.15-11.30am (please click here to reserve your free seats)

Y9 performance of ‘After Juliet’ – Thursday 26th May @ 4.30-5.30pm (sold out)
Tweedy’s one-man show ‘Tweedy’s Lost Property’at Pate’s over half term – on Thursday 2nd June 6-8pm. We have sold hundreds of tickets for this incredibly popular show from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! Please buy your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment! Tickets cost £13 (adults) and £7 (students) - please click here to buy tickets.

There is just one trip going out this week - on 16th May 2016 – Y9 Business Studies trip to Drayton Manor

The Prince of Wales Stadium played host to a fantastic afternoon of English Schools Athletics Cup competition Monday after school. Each team was required to enter 14 (boys) or 12 (girls) athletes with each competitor accumulating as many points as they could across two events. Brilliant performances from the Junior Boys' and Junior Girls' teams saw both finish in 1st place. Both the Intermediate Boys' and Girls' team finished in 3rd position. We await results from other county rounds in the South West to find out if the points totals are enough for us to qualify for the Regional Rounds.  There were many fantastic individual performances from the four teams, with the following achieving the top single score: Junior Boys - Daksh Bagi (25 points) for his time of 12.5s in the 100m. Junior Girls - Molly Powlesland (21 points) for her time of 5:29 in the 1500m. Inter Boys - George Williamson and Tim Andrew (both 20 points) for their time of 11.9 in the 100m. Inter Girls - Jade Gough (1500m) (photographed below) and Inca Padfield (800m), who both achieved 20 points for their times of 5:15 and 2:34 respectively. 

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South West Handball Tournament:  The U15 boys represented Gloucestershire in Devon in the Regional Handball Championships. They won 2 out of the 3 group games but disappointingly missed out on the final on goal difference by 1. In the group stage Pate's beat the team who went into the final and won overall and have gone to the National Finals. So close!

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In assembly this morning I spoke to students about our Multi-Academy Trust consultation and explained to them in equal measure the pros and cons of Pate's forming a MAT.  I have asked for their feedback, either in person or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or anonymously into a posting box.  I am happy to talk to the students to answer any questions they might have.

Also in assembly this morning I was pleased to award our fantastic Y9 Health Ambassadors with their level 1 Award in Health Improvement from the Royal Society of Public Health.  Having been selected by our sixth form Wellbeing Committee and undertaking 2 days of training in preparation for their role, they publicised their message to the students through their innovative noticeboard and assemblies, as well as to primary school families at our open mornings; and prepared healthy snacks and handed out free recipes at the spring fair. They have certainly been excellent ambassadors for the school and have done a brilliant job of promoting healthy living.  Well done to Millie Davies, Willow Digweed, Din Gomes, Nida Jameel, Sarosh Khan, Eve Knowles-Jackson, Jasmine Meaden, Eva Macdonald, Hannah Simpkins and Sandra Vinod.

It just remains for me to wish senior students all the very best of luck in their exams which begin this week.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

Head Master's Message w/c 9th May 2016


Assembly was led this morning by the sixth form students who recently went to Ghana. They shared their photos and films with us and talked about their remarkable experiences on the project and the people they met. They will be organising a fabulous Charity Day in aid of their charity ‘The Young Shall Grow International’ at the end of term, with water slides and assault courses and the usual fun and games – students will be reminded to bring their water pistols!

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There have been a number of exciting trips recently to Barcelona and Austia, as well as Ghana.  Please click here to see some fab photos. 

Chris Underhill (Y13) also spoke in assembly this morning about his incredible success in qualifying to represent the UK at The International Olympiad on Astronomy & Astrophysics, which will take place in Bhubaneswar, India in December. He told us of the training camps in Oxford, Cambridge and the Marlborough College Observatory, and the many hours of exams he will undertake as part of the process!  I cannot stress what an incredibly impressive achievement this is and we look forward to hearing how he gets on. Congratulations to Chris and please keep in touch!

I was delighted to present awards to a number of students in recognition of their commitment to Music, as well as Drama & Performance over a number of years. They have brought us so much enjoyment with their performances and it was an absolute pleasure to reward and congratulate them as a whole school this morning.

It was great to see some sunshine on sports day, with lots of students enjoying the field and track finals this week…Here are the HOUSE ATHLETICS 2016 RESULTS:

The heats and finals started over a week ago and finished with two afternoons of competitive athletics where the winning House was not decided until the relays.

Congratulations to all who competed in some glorious sunny weather.

3 new records were set this year.
1. Junior girls javelin – Hannah Seakins 20.12m
2. Inter girls javelin – Millie Jackson 25.40m
3. Year 7 boys 300m – Tom Fearn 52.55

Individual winners
For athletes who achieved the highest points in their respective age groups.
Junior Girls – Hannah Jackson
Junior Boys – Daksh Bagi
Inter Girls – Inca Prince and Ella Hordern
Inter Boys – Harry Folkard
Senior Girls – Alixe Cook
Senior Boys – George Williams who wins the Vassar Smith Trophy

Senior Boys 1500m cup – retained by Alex Chantler-Mayne
Senior Boys 400m cup – retained Jacob Pickering
Mike Bailey sprint cup (who still holds the Yr10 100m record from 1971)
A number of athletes won both their sprint races for their age groups, so it was a difficult decision. Alex Quinn-Savory won the senior girls 100m, 400m and was the final leg of Richmond’s winning relay team was presented with the cup.
The ‘PATE’ Cup – Awarded for the third year after being donated by Martin Pate who was a direct descendant of the founder of Cheltenham Grammar School, Richard Pate. It was awarded to Jemima Jones who was selected as the most outstanding field event performer for winning both Inter Girls shot and discus, doing this as a Year 9 in this age group.

House Competition
4th with 433 points – York
3rd with 509 points – Beaufort
2nd with 516 points – Gloucester
1st with 571 points - RICHMOND - Congratulations!

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District Swimming Gala 2016:

A large team of Pate’s swimmers were selected after our swimming gala to represent school at the District Gala at The Ladies College.
Our swimmers competed really well against some outstanding swimmers from the Cheltenham area and returned with 4 trophies. Congratulations!
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7 2= 1st
8 5th 1st
9 - 3rd
10/11 2nd 2nd
12/13 - 1st
OVERALL 4th 1st

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Multi-Academy Trust Consultation & Parents’ Meeting: My thanks to those who have already responded to the consultation. I would like to reiterate that we very much appreciate all feedback and to reassure you that all comments will be taken in account going forward. I would also like to remind you of the parents’ consultation meeting scheduled for Wed 11th May 5-6pm in the Art Gallery – please could you let us know if you are planning to attend (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) so that we can organise refreshments and seating etc. If you would like, but are unable to attend this meeting, please do let us know (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) so that a further opportunity can be arranged to suit.  Please follow this link for our consultation letter + FAQs.

Upcoming Events:
• Y8 German trip parents’ information evening – Monday 9th May at 6.30pm in the hall.
• Multi-Academy Trust Consultation parents’ meeting – Wednesday 11th May at 5pm in the hall.
• Y13 Parents’ Farewell evening – Thursday 12th May @ 5.30-7pm. Please follow this link to reserve free seats.
• Y12 Theatre Studies students’ Monologues & Duologues – Monday 16th May @ 9.15-11.30am (please click here to reserve your free seats)
• Y9 performance of ‘After Juliet’ – Thursday 26th May @ 4.30-5.30pm (sold out)
Tweedy’s one-man show ‘Tweedy’s Lost Property’at Pate’s over half term – on Thursday 2nd June 6-8pm. We have sold hundreds of tickets for this event already! Please buy your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment! Tweedy is very well known as the Giffords Circus clown and as an actor through his work at the Everyman Theatre - he is without doubt one of the very best vaudeville performers we have in the country. He is also a Pate’s parent and we are absolutely thrilled that he will be performing his show in aid of the school’s Making £nds Meet campaign. Tickets cost £13 (adults) and £7 (students) - please click here to buy tickets.

Congratulations to Freya Ireland (Y13) who has just been announced as winner of the inaugural Royal Philharmonic Society Duet Prize for Young Composers. “Freya shone out… from exceptional shortlists that revealed an invigorating array of talent in schools across the UK”. She wins £1500 to assist with her musical development, and a public performance at a national music festival. Freya was given the role of Principal Composer for the National Youth Orchestra this year, having joined the composing section in 2013. Her music has been performed by members of the NYO in Birmingham Symphony Hall, Tate Britain, Royal Festival Hall and other prestigious venues. We are incredibly proud of Freya and grateful for all she has done working with younger students in the school during her time here.

Further congratulations to Elliot Archer (Y13), who was successful in his application for The Honourable Company of Air Pilots PPL Scholarships 2016. Elliot beat 23 others in a test and interview at their company offices in London. Elliot will receive 45 hours of flight training including 10 hours solo, 5 hours solo cross-country and a solo flight of 150 nautical miles landing at 2 or more different aerodromes. Plus he will attend a ground school to study air law, meteorology, aircraft general knowledge, human performance and limitation, navigation and radio aids, flight performance and planning, communications, operational procedures and principles of flight to pass 9 theory exams in order to gain his Private Pilot's Licence. He is well on his way in his career ambition to be a Pilot.

On the 28th of April, Pate’s students joined 20 other schools from all over the EU in Strasbourg to participate in Euroscola - to sit in the chamber of the EP and to ask Parliament officials about their concerns. They discussed current issues with their peers and presented their ideas to the Plenary, dealing with topics like migration and integration, development policies and Human Rights. Josh Grew had the honour of introducing and representing Pate’s with an impressive opening speech in French, so very well done to him. My thanks to Sam Attwood for making the trip possible and inspiring the students to get involved.

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School Transport Update:

Our Year 11 GCSE art exhibition is currently showing the Art Gallery – it is an outstanding collection of work. My congratulations to the students and their mentors Hannah Gardner, Joel Herbert and Jane Overbury. All are welcome to pop into the Art Gallery between Monday and Thursday this week to have a look.

The Pate’s Big Band closed the schools bands events on the open stage at the Jazz Festival at the weekend with a stunning set. They are playing once again on Sunday at the Dragon Boat Regatta, Gloucester Docks 1-2pm – well worth a trip if you can make it. It will be the very last chance to see this stunning set of musicians and singers perform together before a number of them leave school – you will not be disappointed!

Finally the sun is shining and the students are enjoying be outside, so just a reminder to provide sun cream and sun hats if necessary.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master 

Head Master's Message w/c 2nd May 2016


  • Leavers’ Concert Awards & Gallery
  • Charity Committee have raised £10,512.53
  • Upcoming Events
  • Student Achievements
  • Pate’s Multi-Academy Trust consultation + FAQs

What a stunning Leavers’ Concert we had on Wednesday evening at the Pittville Pump Room! It was a privilege to be in the audience and to award Freya Ireland with the Dene Stubbs Cup for musical excellence and services to music in school; and the John Elvan Rees Award to Rosie Weston for musical achievement, enthusiasm and encouragement of others. Please follow this link for the photo gallery. Our thanks to Duncan Hooper who took the superb photos for us.  

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The Charity Committee led our assembly this morning with a round-up of the work they have done during their year in office. With the support of the Pate’s community they managed to raise £10,512.53! One of the charities which will benefit is St James’ City Farm and they came into assembly with 2 of their goats this morning to say thank you and also to encourage the students to get involved at their farm project based in the middle of Gloucester – a wonderful away-from-it-all rural experience for the young people of Gloucester. Please follow this link to read more about St James’ City Farm.

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Also in assembly I was able to award Robin Hedley (Y13) with a gold medal for his shooting, and present Adam Fielding (Y11) with the School Council’s Rock Paper Scissors trophy (an interesting design made of, you guessed it, rock, paper and scissors!), won at the recent tournament organised by them.

Upcoming Events:

Tickets are selling very quickly for Tweedy’s one-man show‘Tweedy’s Lost Property’at Pate’s over half term – on Thursday 2nd June 6-8pm. Tweedy is very well known as the Giffords Circus clown and as an actor through his work at the Everyman Theatre - he is without doubt one of the very best vaudeville performers we have in the country. He is also a Pate’s parent and we are absolutely thrilled that he will be performing his show in aid of the school’s Making £nds Meet campaign. Tickets cost £13 (adults) and £7 (students) - please click here to buy tickets.

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'Tweedy's Lost Property' was very highly acclaimed at the Edinburgh Festival and is suitable for all ages. Please do join us for a truly memorable show, plus pre-theatre and interval drinks/snacks. Buy your ticket before we sell out!

Please follow this link for a reminder of all current Trips information on our website. 

Pate's came 3rd in the regional final of the UKMT 2016 Team Maths Challenge which took place on Friday 22nd April at Wycliffe College, Stonehouse. They competed against 23 teams from schools from and around Gloucestershire and were beaten by St Edwards School and the winners Cheltenham Ladies College. The team consisted of two year 8 pupils, Jon-Luke Harrison and Daniel Silverthorne and two year 9 pupils, Shenuka Haegoda and Dinula Gomes, a team of 4 Gloucester House pupils (see photo below)! These pupils were chosen after a selection process which was open to all year 8 and 9 pupils. They had then been attending regular practise sessions in their lunch times to prepare. Well done to them and my thanks to Sophie Dodds for supporting them.

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Congratulations to Joanna Van Dyk (Y11), who has been accepted to represent the UK in Costa Rica at the United World College where she will be studying for her International Baccalaureate for the next 2 years. The United World College is a global organisation which educates young people from over 90 different countries in colleges located in 14 different countries. Students live in this multicultural community and are not only academic high achievers but are selected on the basis of their acute sense of social justice, caring for the environment and ability to advocate for change towards a better, more sustainable future. Joanna went through a strenuous selection process and we are very proud of her incredible achievement. My thanks to Ruth Harding for supporting and sponsoring her.

Congratulations to Rob Miller (Y13) who has won the GE STAR award - sponsored by the GE Foundation and administered by the Institute of International Education in New York, this is a very competitive process which is awarded for academic merit. Rob has earned himself a $3000 university scholarship, and the school is awarded $500. My thanks to Sam Attwood for sponsoring Rob’s application and encouraging him to apply for it. Rob has accepted an unconditional offer to study Modern Languages at Birmingham, studying Spanish and Russian.

I must add Grace Kent (Y11) to the names of students who have won a place in the National Youth Theatre. Grace will be studying costume design and production over the summer and will be able to gain experience working on professional shows in the West End and on National Youth Theatre productions. Congratulations to Grace. Please follow this link for more news of outstanding achievements outside school.

You will have received an email from me regarding our consultation on becoming a Multi-Academy Trust, along with Greatfield Park and Warden Hill primary schools. Please click here for a reminder of the facts and FAQs and details of how to send your feedback. The closing date for feedback is 27th May (midday) and there is a parents’ meeting on Wednesday 11th May 5-6pm in the school hall.  We believe this to be an exciting prospect and one which will help Pate's to become an even better school - please let us know your thoughts.

Sports Day heats have been taking place over the last couple of weeks and we are looking forward to the finals this week on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. In the meantime, I wish all Pate’s families a relaxing long bank holiday weekend. Don’t forget that the Pate’s Big Band are playing on the open stage at the Jazz Festival on Sunday at 12.45pm!

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master


Head Master's Message w/c 25 March 2016


  • Upcoming Events, including ‘Tweedy’s Lost Property’!
  • Pate’s Student Discount Card
  • Trips Update
  • School Transport Update
  • Bags2School reminder
  • Road Works next week
  • National Youth Theatre success
  • EARLY FINISH (teacher training) @ 2pm – Tuesday 26th April (buses will arrive early)

Charlotte Corderoy played the organ for us in assembly this morning. Charlotte has won a gap year organ scholarship at Sherborne Abbey, before going on to study (and play the organ) at Oxford University. I hope her achievements will inspire younger students to consider taking up the organ, especially as we are very lucky to have one in school. Those of you who joined us at the Choral Concert early this year will agree what a privilege it is to hear her play.

Read more: Head Master's Message w/c 25 March 2016

Head Master's Message w/c 18 April 2016


  • House Cup – winners announced
  • Schools Direct Teacher Training places available
  • Current Staff Vacancies
  • Whole School Photo available to buy
  • Winter Sports Team Photos – instructions
  • School Gateway Update
  • Upcoming Events
  • Trips Update
  • Lost Property
  • Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers
  • National School Funding Formula consultation ends this weekend
  • Outstanding Achievements

This morning was the biggest House assembly event of the year. Heads of House awarded individual House Colours to those Year 10 & 11 students who had shown the most outstanding participation and support for House events this year. Onto the main awards and I was delighted to award the Sports Cup to Richmond (2nd Gloucester; 3rd Beaufort; 4th York) and the Competitions Cup to Gloucester (2nd Richmond; 3rd York; 4th Beaufort). There was great anticipation as the overall winner of the House Cup was announced – with only 3 points separating first and second place, the winner of the House Cup 2016 is GLOUCESTER! (2nd Richmond; 3rd Beaufort, 4th York.) Congratulations to all involved – that would be just about everyone! Huge thanks to the Heads of House – there can be no exaggerating how much above and beyond they go to support the students in these events. Special thanks to Alex Derbyshire and Sam Pickering who have handed over the Heads of House baton to Meg Jones and Mitchell Renton; they are a huge act to follow so the very best of luck to Meg and Mitchell, and also to Edward Derbyshire who is now Head of Pembroke House. The stage is set and House officials have already begun auditions for the first competition - House Drama. I can’t wait, especially as this year for the first time all rehearsals will take place during school hours, with a special timetable at the end of term to allow more rehearsal time, so even more students will be enabled to take part. And those for whom drama is just too dramatic can expect a variety of other exciting activities which are currently being planned within departments…more on this over the coming weeks. There is much to look forward to!

Read more: Head Master's Message w/c 18 April 2016

Head Master's Easter Message 2016


  • Pate’s team wins Bank of England Target 2.0 Competition £5,000 prize
  • House Official elections
  • House of Commons Health Questions
  • Pate’s students Homeless Period appeal success
  • British Science Week & Humanities Week – a look back
  • Staff Teaching Vacancy for Head of Personal Development Curriculum (PDC)
  • Calendar & Events:
  •      CCF Update & Annual Inspection – Friday 22nd April 1.30-4.30pm
  •      Sports Tour Dinner – Fri 22nd April @ 7pm
  •      Jazz Night – Tuesday 12th April @ 7pm
  • National Schools Funding Formula consultation – update
  • Please send in your orders for Y7, 11 & 13 group photos
  • Talent Competition winners - Richmond

A number of our staff and students, past and present, paid their respects at Tom Millward’s funeral today. I spoke about Tom’s substantial and hugely positive contribution to school life during his time here and how he touched us all with his cheerful brilliance and love of life. He will be greatly missed.

Read more: Head Master's Easter Message 2016

Head Master's Message w/c 21st March 2016


  • School Funding – Government Consultation
  • Spring Fair raised over £8,800
  • Library Update
  • GCSE Drama practical exam performances (Confusions by Alan Ayckbourn) this week – Tues & Wed 4-5.30pm in PAB
  • Rugby Tour dinner and after dinner speaker Terry Fanolua - Fri 22nd April @ 7pm
  • Calendar & Events
  • Trips Update
  • Sporting Success
  • Making £nds Meet Update

National Schools Funding Formula – Important Consultation:  Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has announced the first of two consultations on vital funding reform for schools. Critics have long argued for a review of the disparities in school funding and hopefully through this consultation there may now be some light at the end of the tunnel. The results of these consultations will strongly influence what new funding arrangements will be phased in from 2017-18. The first of these proposes a national school funding formula which will include a basic per-pupil amount; and factors reflecting pupil characteristics, school and areas costs. The precise composition of the formula, and weighting given to the different factors, will be the subject of a further consultation expected later in 2016. If you would like further information please contact Stephen Locke (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
The fact is that Gloucestershire is a poorly funded county and Grammar schools in particular are badly affected. It is critical that we lobby hard to try and bring about much needed change. If you are able to spare a few minutes please follow the link to the online consultation below. Two of the 25 questions are really key, these are: 

  • Qu. 2 - Do you agree with our proposal to move to a school-level national funding formula in 2019-20, removing the requirement for local authorities to set a local formula? Yes, we believe this is an absolute prerequisite of truly fairer funding.
  • Qu. 20 - Do you agree with our proposal to require local authorities to distribute all of their schools block allocation to schools from 2017-18? Yes, we believe this is absolutely essential.

Please click here to take part in the consultation. Thank you. 
Just as we strongly encourage our students to be politically active within our democratic system, I urge parents now to get involved in this very important consultation; the implications for our children are huge. However, I am determined that in the meantime we continue to do everything we can to ensure that our own students are not disadvantaged as we wait for this to be resolved. 

Read more: Head Master's Message w/c 21st March 2016

Head Master's Message w/c 14th March 2016


  • Spring Fair tomorrow 10.30 til 12.30
  • British Science Week activities
  • Mufti day on Friday – pay £1 to wear African themed outfits, such as safari animals, sports teams, safari gear etc.
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament on Friday lunchtime
  • Drama @ Pate’s
  • Calendar & Events
  • Trips this week
  • Congratulations….
  • Bags in school
  • Scholastic Book Fair in the Junior Library until Tuesday

In assembly this morning we spoke about Tom Millward, our student who left last year to study at Cambridge and who tragically passed away at the weekend. A student who had made the very best of what Pate’s had to offer, Tom could not have been happier in his life and he had great aspirations to change the world with his engineering. Over the coming weeks and months staff and students past and present will be coming together to support one another and ultimately celebrate Tom’s life, in which Pate’s had played such a large part.

Read more: Head Master's Message w/c 14th March 2016

Head Master's Message w/c 7th March 2016


Pate's wins prestigious British Youth Council Discovering Democracy Award
Pate's Reading Week
Scholastic Book Fair 10-15 March @ lunchtimes in the Library
Pate's Big Book Bake-Off!
Private view - exhibition by the prize-winning astrophotographer Gavin James on Wednesday 9th March 5.30–7pm in the Art Gallery
The Spring Fair this weekend Sat 10.30-12.30 - an invitation you can't refuse!
Staff Vacancy - Musician in Residence
Ghana appeal for football shirts and shorts
Calendar & Events
Trips Update
Rugby Success
Travel-Share enquiry - Gloucester
Sainsburys Active Kids Vouchers - we are still collecting. Thank you!
Guitar Success for Sam James (Y12)

We are delighted to announce that Pate's Grammar school is a winner for the prestigious British Youth Council Discovering Democracy Awards hosted by the Cabinet Office. The Discovering Democracy Awards showcase schools which are exemplars in preparing their students to be active participants in democratic life. All schools that have achieved the Award are invited to celebrate their success and commitment to promoting democratic participation at an event late this month hosted by the Minster for Constitutional Reform, John Penrose MP. I am particularly proud of our students’ eagerness to understand and to influence political and economic issues and their keen sense of justice and am very grateful to our History & Politics Department in school for giving them so many opportunities to do so.

Reading Week: This week has seen our inaugural Reading Week. We have had a visit from a senior illustrator at Oxford University Press for our Y9 Art students and an author visit from Helen Maslin for all of our Y10s. The school has been decorated with poetry and staff have shared what they are reading with the rest of the school. It has been lovely to hear lots of conversations around school about what people are reading.
Our daily quiz has proved popular so thank you to all our entrants. We also held a second hand book sale in the Hall along with a selection of new books from our visiting local bookshop The Suffolk Anthology. Our final event took place at lunchtime today when Edward Derbyshire read aloud from The Hobbit - I am sure many of us remembers Jackanory!  Thank you to everyone throughout the school for getting involved and showing their support. More pictures will follow next week.
Scholastic Book Fair: Continuing our reading theme, the Library will be holding a Scholastic Book Fair starting next week. The Book Fair will take place every lunchtime from Thursday 10th March – Tuesday 15th March and it will be open to all students. It would be amazing to reach £300 worth of sales which would earn us for £150 of books to take for the school Library from the full Scholastic range. This equates to 50p back for every £1 spent. This is a fantastic opportunity to acquire new books for the library so do encourage your children to come and take a look. Books start from £2.99 and World Book Day tokens (which have been going home over the last fortnight) can be used. Please click here for a list of books which will be included

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Photo - Helen Maslin author of ‘Darkmere’ in Conversation with Caitlin Devlin

Pate’s Big Book Bake Off (PBBBO): It’s time to get creative and get baking for The PBBBO! All entries to the Hall for judging next Friday morning March 11th please. Prizes of 1 x £25 book token and 2 x £10 book tokens, courtesy of Painswick House Dental Practice are on offer to the winners which will be announced at the Spring Fair. Cakes will be sold by silent auction at the Spring Fair so do come along and secure your book-themed treat!

We are delighted and privileged to be hosting an exhibition of work by the prize-winning astrophotographer Gavin James and invite students and parents to the Private View on Wednesday 9th March 5.30 – 7pm. It is an opportunity to see what is out there! Not by travelling to the far corners of the earth, or looking up and seeing the moon, but seeing objects that are up to 23 million light years from our very own galaxy. Year 13 Physics students Chris Underhill and Sophie Crane have been working with Gavin and Jonathan Genton from Marlborough College to facilitate this exhibition of work and provide the fascinating and detailed information that accompany the images of clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. This is a rare opportunity and a must-see for anyone interested in art, science or astronomy.

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This weekend our Art Department is hosting craft workshops in collaboration with the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen. The CRAFT LIVE project gives groups of students from Gloucestershire secondary schools the opportunity to learn about the world of craft and design and to take part in practical workshops led by professional designer makers from the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen.

The Parents’ Association would like to gently remind everyone that the Spring Fair is to be held next Saturday 12th March from 10:30 to 12:30. With games, stalls, music, refreshments, entertainment, and the Pate's Big Book Bake Off, this unmissable event promises warmth and conviviality on an impressive scale.
Again, we stress the potential contribution from the raffle, so please be sure to sell your tickets and ask for more if necessary.
The raffle prizes on offer are uncommonly lavish; for example, take a look at this gorgeous prize from Regency Hampers -
We look forward to it immensely, and hope to see you there.

Staff Vacancy - Musician in Residence post - Pate’s Grammar School is looking to appoint a Musician in Residence for the academic year 2016/17. This post would be ideal for either a GAP year pre or post-university. The job specification will be flexible to account for the strengths of the candidate, including such duties as running extra-curricular music ensembles and the Pate’s Music Society; helping with exams, concert preparation and chamber music teaching; music technician role and peripatetic music teacher link; plus possible private tutoring opportunities. Please follow this link for full details, including rate of pay, conditions and application deadline.

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Sixth form fundraising for Ghana: a group of sixth form students are travelling with staff to Ghana at Easter to take part in community-based teaching, building and sports projects and they would like to appeal to you for any unwanted football tops (any size) or shorts. The children there love nothing more than playing football and so we thought it was worth asking if families had any outgrown kit (any club). Sixth formers have so far raised £1500 to donate towards the latest community building project, through a combination of group fundraising ideas and individual effort, and their efforts will continue right up until they leave. Hopefully they will bring back lots of photos of the children proudly wearing their new kit! Thank you for your support.

Calendar & Events:
Our students will be taking their production of Eclipse (in association with Gloucestershire Youth Players GYP) to Bristol Old Vic on Tuesday 15th March @ 8.30pm, as part of a nationwide competition, the winners of which will get to perform at the National Theatre in London! There will also be Chew Valley School performing their interpretation of the same piece earlier that evening @ 7pm, so a good opportunity for comparison. In this modern short play written by Oxford University’s Professor of Poetry, Yorkshire man Simon Armitage, six young friends are interviewed by the police after the disappearance of Lucy Lime, a strange, unnerving girl - 'I am a walking Universe, I am' - whom they met beneath the cliffs on a Cornish beach, just before a total eclipse of the Sun. Tickets cost £5 plus small booking fee (please follow this link to Bristol Old Vic website to buy tickets).
Whole School Photo @ 2pm – Tues 8 March
Astronomy Photography Exhibition private view - Wed 9 March 5.30-7pm in the Art Gallery
Spring Fair – Sat 12th March 10:30-12:30
Early finish at 2pm – Tues 15 March - buses will arrive early (staff training in school)
Orchestral concert – Wed 16 March @ 7pm 
Debbie Choi, a Miss Cheltenham Finalist and Pate’s Grammar School Alumni is hosting an 80’s themed Zumbathon at Pate’s sports hall on Saturday 19th March at 12:30-15:30 in aid of 2 local charities; Archie’s Chance to Dance and The Hollie Gazzard Trust. All are welcome.
School Finishes for Easter – Thurs 24 March @ 3.35pm
Students return to school – Mon 11 April

Trips Update:
Canada 2017 - Canoe through the breath taking Algonquin Park and down the Madawaska River; visit the CN Tower, Niagra Falls and the Parliament buildings in Ontario. Open to Y10 and above, DofE Gold Participants can use this incredible opportunity to pass their Expedition section of their award. Please follow this link to the Trips website for full details.
Y12 Biology residential field trip at Nettlecombe field study centre in Somerset 1-4 July 2016: this very successful and enjoyable field trip helps the students to develop practical skills in the study of coastline biology, ecology and statistics to complement their classroom work. The cost of the trip is £299 (£125 payable now and balance of £174 payable on 11th April – all via Schoolcomms Gateway). Please follow this link to the Trips website for full details.

A reminder of trips this week:
7th March – MFL Speaking Competition – 8 Students various years
8th March – Yr13 English Trip ‘Dr Faustus’
9th March – MUSIC Trip to London ‘La Traviata’
11th March – Latin Trip Old Vic Bristol ‘Trojan Women by Euripides’

Representative rugby success:  Over the last couple of weeks Pate’s rugby players have proudly played for representative sides. 
Henry Adams, Finn Elliot and George Williams played for Gloucestershire Schools U16s as part of the Gloucester Academy and are now all looking forward to the Wellington Festival during the Easter break.

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Mac Dale, Henry Davies and Sam Fraser from the 1st XV have progressed beyond county and played in England trials for the South West of England. A huge honour for the boys! Congratulations and very well done to them all.

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Travel-Share Enquiry: We have had an enquiry from a family in Gloucester about lift-share possibilities. 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 pursue this.

Just a reminder that we are collecting Sainsburys Active Kids vouchers – collection box in Reception. Any vouchers you can send our way would be much appreciated. Thank you.

I am looking forward to having a whole school photo taken on Tuesday afternoon, something we haven’t done for a number of years, but which will be a lovely keepsake. With over 1000 people in the picture faces are quite small, but if you have any objection to your child being in the picture please email Laura Adams (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Finally, congratulations to Sam James (Y12) on being awarded a place in the National Youth Guitar Ensemble – a great achievement and terrific opportunity for him.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master


Head Master's Message w/c 29th February 2016



Mel Martin-Hughes - legacy
Reading Week 29 Feb - 4th Mar
Spring Fair Sat 12 Mar 10:30-12:30
Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year 2016 - Pate's Finalists
Coca Cola Real Business Challenge - winners
Trips Update
Upcoming Events
Schoolcomms Gateway
Expensive lost property!
Cheltenham Pate's Theatre Festival success

In a special assembly this morning Lesley Jeanes spoke to us about Mel Martin-Hughes, who tragically died whilst she was a sixth former here at Pate’s several years ago. Whilst in the sixth form Mel had been involved in a school visit to Romania, also fundraising to support the Smiles Foundation and their work out there. Mel had a real affinity with the youngsters she met and was particularly moved by the plight of the disabled children, who were shunned by Romanian society – hidden away in back rooms, with no company, stimulation or solace. Mel’s parents, Laura and Don, joined us in assembly this morning to share news of Mel’s legacy – a £15,000 sensory room especially to bring joy and hope to those Romanian children Mel had met, and others like them. Thank you to the Martin-Hughes family and to all the Pate’s staff and students who have supported them - Lesley Jeanes in particular. Mel would have been absolutely delighted to have made such a difference in the world.

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This coming week is our inaugural Reading Week (29th Feb-4th March) - the Library will be hosting a range of events and competitions all aimed at getting the whole school reading. Each day will have a different genre with plenty of books for browsing around the Library. Staff will be sharing what they are reading in a range of posters to be found on Department doors.
On Wednesday Y9 Art students will be receiving a visit from Sarah Darby, a senior illustrator from Oxford University Press. Sarah will be happy to talk with any art students at break time in the Art Department.
On Thursday all Y10 students will attend a talk with local author Helen Maslin who will be discussing her recently published novel ‘Darkmere’ and talking about the reading and writing process. Details will be sent to Y10 students and their families shortly.
A second hand book sale will take place in the hall at lunchtime on Thursday 3rd March with books priced at 50p. We will also be having a small stall of new books courtesy of local bookshop The Suffolk Anthology A small selection of books will be available for £6.00 each, so if your child would like to come along to purchase any books, please send in the correct money.
Pate’s Big Book Bake-off (PBBBO) - the Parents’ Association Spring Fair is taking place on Saturday March 12th. The PBBO is a prize cake-making competition, open to all. Cakes entries must feature a book theme/character etc. and should be brought along to the Hall on the morning of Friday 11th March. Entries will be judged and the winners announced at the Spring Fair. First prize is a £25 book token with two runners-up prizes of £10. The prizes have been supplied courtesy of Painswick House Dental Surgery, Cheltenham and we thank them immensely for their support. Cakes will be auctioned off via silent bids at the Spring Fair. Do come along and see what our talented and imaginative bakers have produced.

The Annual Parents’ Association Spring Fair is to be held on Saturday 12th March from 10:30 to 12:30. We would love to see you there, even if for only part of the morning.
Raffle tickets have already been sent home, and the list of sumptuous prizes on offer continues to expand at an impressive rate ! 
Now including: free membership and four free classes worth £40 at Slim Fitness, a short break at Swallow Barn in Hartpury, a 3 course meal for 2 and wine at Montpellier Lodge, tickets to the Warwickshire Cup Final at Cirencester Polo Club, a box of Superdry goodies, afternoon tea for two at Cowley Manor, a gift from Regency Hampers, wine tasting vouchers from the Oxford Chelt Wine School, a £40 voucher for Bar and Wok and a selection of books from Waterstones !
The raffle has the staggering potentiality to raise up to £15,000 for the school, so please, use your vision, contact your expanded circle of acquaintance, and let’s sell these tickets !

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Congratulations to Emily Stephens (Y13 oboe) and Freya Ireland (Y13 percussion) who have both made it through to the finals of Gloucestershire Young Musician 2016. They will both perform a recital at Pittville Pump Room on Tuesday 1st March. If you would like to go and support them please click here for tickets. This will be an inspiring evening - good luck girls!

Real success in Coca-Cola’s Real Business Challenge:  not only did our team of Year 10 students succeed in making it through to the South West Regional Final of Coca-Cola’s Real Business Challenge – a great achievement in itself as approximately 900 schools entered the competition this year – but they walked away with the Social Media Award, recognising that they produced the best app and social media campaign out of all 10 teams competing in the Regional Final.
The Real Business Challenge is a national competition set by Coca-Cola Enterprises for students in Year 9 and Year 10. The first part of the challenge required the teams to develop a new, sustainable, healthy juice drink brand with a strong emphasis on ethical decision-making. At the Regional Final – held at Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium – the teams were asked to develop a locally-focused campaign to help keep Britain tidy, including the design of a mascot, a marketing plan, a social media campaign, an app and a launch event.
Our team members are pictured below, together with their Coca-Cola mentor at the Regional Final and the Chief Financial Officer of Coca-Cola in the UK, who was the head judge on the day.  (From left to right, Nicole Heaven, Olivia Hall, Rachel Jarvis, Molly Gorman, Meghna Sreekumar and Laura McPeake.)


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Trips Update:

Reminder of trips going out this week:

  • 1st March Latin Trip Evening Yr13
  • 3rd March Latin Trip Monmouth All Day
  • 3rd March Music Society Trip to Oxford (pm)
  • 4th-6th March PGL Netball Tour Yr8

China Exchange: Following Mr Ellicott's exciting trip to Hailing Cambridge International School located in Zhuji, near the famous historical city of Hangzhou, we are pleased to be able to offer 2 new and exciting opportunities to pupils. Hailiang is a private school with an excellent reputation, and we are excited about opportunities that our friendship with the school will bring to Pate's pupils both this year and in times to come. The word “Cambridge” in its formal title is because Hailiang specialises in offering international curricula to students, including the chance to study for the International A levels run from Cambridge. If you are interested in hosting a pupil in October and are yet to communicate your interest to us in the Languages Faculty, please complete the attached form (here) and bring to Mrs Zhang-Evans after half-term. Additionally, we have an exciting 12-day China trip available at the cost of £1850 for up to 20 pupils. Those students who had originally applied for China summer camp will have priority for places, but the trip is open to all. As pupils are in Senior 1, priority for hosting will be offered to pupils of a similar age who will be in Y11-13 next academic year. Please see the attached letters for details of these 2 opportunities for you to peruse over half-term:
1) Host a Chinese pupil for 2 weeks in October (the students are in the equivalent of our Y12)
2) Itinerary for the reciprocal visit (the trip will be launched in the usual way immediately after half-term)

Upcoming Events:

  • Eclipse by Simon Armitage (National Theatre Connections) - GYP ( in association with Pate's Grammar School, presents Eclipse by Simon Armitage Friday 26th & Saturday 27th February @ 7.30-8.45pm in PAB (NB NOT 7pm).  This modern piece is part of the 2016 National Theatre Connections Festival. Six friends are interviewed by the police after the disappearance of Lucy Lime, a strange, unnerving girl - 'I am a walking Universe, I am' - whom they met beneath the cliffs on a Cornish beach, just before a total eclipse of the Sun. Ticket Price: £5.00 (please click here to buy tickets) or pay on the door.
  • A Level Music Recital – 8 March @ 7pm – tickets on the door
  • Spring Fair – Sat 12th March 10:30-12:30
  • Early finish at 2pm – Tues 15 March - buses will arrive early (staff training in school)
  • Orchestral concert – Wed 16 March @ 7pm

Schoolcomms Gateway: just a reminder that, as part of our ongoing efforts to cut costs, we are reviewing the payment options offered through Schoolcomms Gateway. We are able to considerably reduce costs to the school by removing the option for parents to pay by credit or debit card and are therefore proposing that from Easter the only payment option available will be the instant bank transfer. Once bank details are added, the payment process is just as simple as paying by card. Please contact Stephen Locker, Bursar (here) with any concerns.

Expensive lost property!: 

  • Various items of Superdry / Abercrombie & Fitch clothing
  • Mobile phones
  • Spectacles
  • Shoes & trainers galore!

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make enquiries about lost property, or ask the students to call in at Reception.

I would like to congratulate Edward Derbyshire and his team on the success of the Cheltenham Pate’s Theatre Festival over half term. There was a great variety of family events, as well as thought-provoking physical theatre. You can follow these links to read some reviews from the Echo:

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master


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