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Head Master's Message w/c 28th September 2015


  • House Music 2015 Champions - Gloucester
  • Parents’ Association update
  • Teacher Training Opportunities at Pate’s
  • Calendar Update
  • Pate’s Music

Students raised the roof this week when they put on their three dazzling House Music shows. Congratulations to the House Music champions for 2015 – Gloucester! Main category awards were: Best Boys Choir - York, Best Girls Choir – Richmond, Best Orchestra – Beaufort, Best Jazz Band – Gloucester, and there were individual awards for arrangement, technical performance, interpretation and spirit. The students, whether they played a small or large part, have inspired each other to dig deep and have produced something really special, so spirited and quite unique - something unforgettable. My congratulations and huge thanks to our Director of Music Ellie Lane and to all our music teachers, as well as Heads of House. With so many students wanting to be involved, this year’s House Music was the biggest logistical challenge ever and it is thanks to Rachel Thorpe that it was even possible to fit so many students into rehearsal spaces, holding areas and onto the stage itself! To parents thanks for your patience with pickups and late nights. Please follow this link to our website to see some of the photos taken by the students.

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Head Master's Message w/c 21 September 2015


  • Alex Chalk MP visit to Pate's
  • House Music
  • Rugby Coach Vacancy in school
  • Trips Update
  • Calendar Update
  • Pate’s Choral Concert – would you like to join the choir for this concert?
  • Extra-curricular clubs and achievements
  • Pate’s Music Society launched for students
  • ** House Drama DVDs are now available for collection from Reception **

Assembly this morning was led by the students who went on the Canada trip this summer. They showed photos of the stunning scenery and wild animals they saw, and told us of the challenges they faced canoeing in very turbulent waters and living in the wild. It certainly was the trip of a lifetime and one which Mrs Jowett hopes to run again in 2017 - my thanks to her for all her hard work in organising the trip (I hope everything has now dried out!).  This afternoon our local MP Alex Chalk visited the school to talk to Headteachers of Cheltenham schools about funding and his efforts to redress the imbalance (and Gloucestershire's serious underfunding issues).  He has spoken up on this issue in the House of Commons and has lobbied the Education Secretary, and we will continue to keep this issue at the forefront of ministers' minds.  Afterwards he was kind enough to talk to a group of our 6th form students about life as an MP and he gave a range of insightful responses to questions from the audience on current political questions such as national security, adversarial politics, the Syrian refugee crisis to Jeremy Corbyn's leadership election.   We would like to express our sincere thanks to Mr Chalk for such a fascinating talk.

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Head Master's Message w/c 14th September


  • Fundraising update
  • House Music – 23rd & 24th September
  • Richmond House Sponsor – MD2MD
  • Calendar Update
  • Trips Update
  • Music Lessons
  • Pate’s Sport
  • House Drama DVDs (from summer term)
  • Parents Drama Group – Patents
  • Travel Share Opportunity - Gretton

As promised, some news on our Making £nds Meet Appeal. We launched our appeal in April with a target of raising £140,000 by the end of December 2015. I am delighted to say that we have reached our goal and I would like to express my sincerest thanks to all those who helped us to achieve that. The level of response has been heart-warming to say the least and achieving our goal early gives us security in knowing that funding for this year is ‘safe’ and a head-start on tackling our bigger shortfall for next year. We have not yet received confirmed figures for our funding for 16/17 but at this stage we are predicting a shortfall of £250,000. I am inviting you all to join us in our campaign to increase our income as a fairer option for our children that making savage cuts to their educational provision. Please consider making a donation in support of our Making £nds Meet Appeal. Donations can be made by downloading a donation form (here) or by using Virgin Money Giving (here). I look forward to providing you with updates and there will be further opportunities to hear more from us directly at future events. In the meantime thank you in advance for your support; I am confident that together we can do this but we must start now.

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Head Master's Message w/c 7th September 2015


  • 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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Head Master's Summer Message 2015


  • House Drama 2015 – Winners Gloucester!
  • Charity Day photos – over £1000 raised by the Charity Committee
  • Final Sports Update – including Rugby and pre-season training
  • Student Achievements
  • Oxford University Competition for girls
  • Lift-Share Enquiry – Quedgeley / Hardwicke area
  • Calendar & Term dates published for 2015-16
  • AMENDED Term dates published for 2016-17
  • Summer dates to note
  • Patesian Players perform ‘Daisy Pulls if Off’ 27-29 August
  • Gloucestershire Youth Players perform ‘As You Like It’ – July tour underway

What an incredible House Drama finale it was on Wednesday evening! The shows were thoroughly entertaining and our expert judges, Pamela Armstrong and Alexis Paterson, were completely blown away – in fact they stood up and joined in the medley, making as much noise as everyone else! They genuinely felt it had been a privilege to be involved, though I didn’t envy them the task of choosing a winner. Huge congratulations to the winners of House Drama 2015 - Gloucester, who also won the award for Musicality under the leadership of Freya Ireland. Other awards were Beaufort – Stagecraft; Richmond – Choreography; and York – Set / Design.  York also won Edward Derbyshire’s special Director’s ‘Director’ Award. Well done indeed to everyone!  

House Drama (digital) photos will be available to buy next week - we will let you know once they are published on the website.
House Drama DVD order form here (return in September)

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Head Master's Message w/c 13th July 2015


  • House Drama update and information
  • Charity Day update - + please don’t forget sunscreen / sunhats! (Thurs 16th July)
  • Community Committee work
  • Young Geographer of the Year Competition
  • Trips update
  • Sports update
  • School Calendar 2015-16 – now published
  • Term Dates 2016-17 – now published
  • Student medication to be collected from the front office please

We have arrived at the last week of term and school is busier than ever in the build up to the grand finale of House Drama, when our students will be bringing to the stage shows which they themselves have scripted, choreographed and rehearsed, not forgetting the huge contribution of band members and tech and media crews, as well as the intense business of producing their own programmes and DVDs. Many other schools can only dream of such things; how lucky we are to have such spirit and such talent. House competitions are one of things which makes Pate’s special and I know that the students are very grateful to their Heads of House – Alex Derbyshire, Sophie Dodds, Joel Herbert and Sam Pickering – for getting behind them. I would like to thank parents for all your help with pick-ups, costumes, learning lines, etc. – I am certain you will agree it was all worthwhile! The sixth form production teams have been outstanding and have done an amazing job managing the record-breaking numbers of students wanting to be involved. My family is very much looking forward to performances next week, and none of it could be possible without Edward Derbyshire’s expertise and tireless enthusiasm, along with Rachel Thorpe’s masterminding of the complex logistics!

House Drama Notes:

  • Cast - Wednesday arrangements: please note that participating students should stay in school on the Wednesday after the matinée, ready for the evening performance. The Parents’ Association will kindly be cooking and selling hot dogs for tea (including a vegetarian option), although students are welcome to bring a packed tea if they would rather. There will also be drinks and ice creams available to buy from the PA.
  • Parking & Pickup: We are hoping to provide parking on the school field for those coming to see the shows. For those parents driving in to pick up students after the show there will be a one way system in operation - please drive straight up around the back of OED, where there will be an exit gate open. Please arrange for your children to meet you there. I must stress very strongly the importance of parking considerately if parking offsite in the surrounding area – our neighbours do suffer increased disturbance and traffic on show nights and it is imperative that driveways are not blocked, even for 5 minutes. Your support with this would be greatly appreciated.
  • DVDs: House Drama DVDs will be filmed and produced once again by our student tech crew. These will cost £10 each and will be available when we return to school in September. Please click here to download an order form, which should be returned to the school office with payment before we break up for the summer. Order forms will also be available on performance nights.
  • Ticket update: both performances night are sold out and there are just a few tickets remaining for the Wednesday matinée performance (15th July) – please click here to buy tickets.

Enough about House Drama for now... because we also have Charity Day for the whole school to look forward to, and here is a message from the Charity Committee:
Next week on Thursday 16th July, Pate’s Charity Committee are hosting the annual Charity Day. From 1.35pm we will have a range of inflatables on the field, like Pillow Wars, Sumo Wrestling, a large bouncy castle, Gladiators and Last Man Standing (one of only 8 in the country). This will also be accompanied by a range of stalls run by every form in year 7 to 9. It will cost just £5 for a wristband to get unlimited goes on each inflatable and the bands will be on sale in the refectory at break and lunch all of the coming week. It will cost £1 to come in mufti and we have chosen a festival theme so we encourage everyone to bring out their flower crowns and come onto the field for live music, candyfloss and the chance to get polaroid photos with their friends. Burgers and hotdogs will be on sale from the refectory. Please remember to bring in some change. The charities we are supporting this year are: Water Aid, Childhood Eye Cancer Trust, The Brain Tumour Charity, St James City Farm and Goedgedacht. Please give generously to these worthy charities! (PS Please don’t forget sunscreen / sunhats!)

Community Committee:  earlier this week a great time was had by the mums and toddlers who visited school with local charity Family Space. Community Committee students had organised the event, with fun and games and a picnic in the wild area – well done to them on this invaluable outreach work. They also led assembly this morning and shared their plans for the coming year; including reading with local children, care home visits and Christmas cards and hampers.  There will be lots of opportunities for our students to engage with and contribute to our local community over the coming months and the Community Committee have made a great start.

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Our school reunion last weekend was a great success – we had school leavers from 5 years ago, and 10 years ago, and they and staff enjoyed catching up on all the news.  It is always so good to welcome students back and my thanks to to the staff who gave up their Saturday afternoon to come along and see how everyone is getting on.  My special thanks to Shirley Park for organising such an enjoyable day for everyone.

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Young Geographer of the Year Competition: congratulations to all of our talented Y7 and Y8 Geographers who entered this competition. The standard of the approximately 200 entries was very high, with evidence of considerable time being spent on research and presentation. We had a very difficult task choosing our winners and had to focus on the entries that directly answered the question set: Does Antarctica matter? The winning entries, which will now be entered into the Royal Geographical Society's national competition, were written by: Luke Buck, Alice Cooper, Helena Cox, Juwayriyah Dhalech, Isaac Fee, Shenuka Haegoda, Ben Halliwell, Coco Heppner, Florence Lazenby and Sam Thomas. Well done!

Trips Update:
SKI 2016 – please note that the payment schedule for accepted SKI trip places is now available on School Comms.

Our Sports Teams Photos
The summer team photos are now available to view and purchase online using the link and security code below. Also find the winter security code for those of you who have not had time to purchase your winter team photos.
Summer sports team photos (here)  A security code is needed this is 11578-99208.
Winter sports team photos (here)  A security code is needed this is 11408-69160.
District Cricket Success
Last Friday both the U15 & U13 Cricket teams played in the District Finals at Cheltenham Cricket Club. The U15s were drawn against Bournside, who had recently been crowned County Champions. Pate’s batted first but could only post 102 after some good bowling, and it was always going to be a tough ask to defend. Despite taking 5 wickets, the total proved to be too small and Bournside knocked the total off with plenty of time to spare.  The U13 game proved to be a different match altogether. This time against Tewkesbury, Pate’s once again batted first but made a commanding total of 200-9 from their 30 overs with Felix McDermott-Krasker scoring an impressive 66. Although Tewkesbury started positively they struggled when Pate’s turned to spin and it was Nick Frank who finished with 5-14 from his short spell that ripped through tail end to give Pate’s the win.

School Year 2015-16 - Calendar:
The school calendar for the next school year is now published and available on the school website and also via Plato (quick links below):
School calendar (here)
Term dates 2015-16 (here) - please note that, to allow for staff training and development, there will be 8 early finishes throughout the school year, when buses will arrive at 2pm, as well as the usual INSET days when no students are in school.
Term dates 2016-17 (here) – please note that INSET and training days will be added at a later date.

Finally, please could I remind parents and students to collect any unused personal medication from the school office before the end of term.  I look forward to seeing many of you at the House Drama performances this week.

Yours sincerely

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Russel Ellicott
Head Master

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Head Master's Message w/c 6th July 2015


  • This week at Pate’s
  • Music Competition Results (here)
  • Spanish Work Experience Exchange – Feb 2016
  • Y8 & 9 (ie current Y7 & 8) Extra-curricular opportunities from September
  • Fundraising presentation at Cirencester Mon 6 July @ 7pm
  • Tai Ahmed winner of Exeter University essay competition (read it here)
  • Speaker from Palestine
  • Sponsorship opportunity for Richmond House next year
  • House Drama update
  • School Reunion for 2005 and 2010 leavers Sat 4 July @ 12pm

It has been a fabulously creative Arts Week at Pate’s, with a celebration almost every night of the week, including the A Level Art exhibition, Sports evening and Junior Concert. These have been wonderful opportunities for the students to showcase and celebrate what they are passionate about and I am enormously grateful to staff for organising them; I know that the benefits will be felt by those students long after they have grown up and left school.  In assembly this morning our new Y12 Wellbeing Committee introduced themselves and their aspirations for their year in office. They hope to promote an all-round sense of wellbeing within the school community and environment through a variety of organised opportunities and events, as well as masterminding the school recycling project, and I very much look forward to hearing more about their work in September.

Our Charity Committee has launched its annual Charity Day event, which will take place on the penultimate afternoon of this term, 16th July. They have organised an exciting summer festival with rides and attractions on the school field. Students are invited to pay £1 to dress in mufti on a Festival theme. Committee members will be selling £5 wristbands which will allow unrestricted access to the rides and attractions all afternoon. (Please make a note that if the weather holds it will be important for the students to be prepared with hats and sunscreen on that day.)

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Head Master's Message w/c 29th June 2015


  • This week at Pate’s
  • Cricket Week
  • Sports Team Photos
  • Sports Celebration Evening Tues 30th June @ 7pm
  • Junior Concert Thur 2nd July @ 7pm
  • House Drama update
  • Gloucestershire Youth Players’ summer tour dates

It has been a great week of cricket and House Drama rehearsals. The theme for this week’s Flexible Learning Day was ‘resourcefulness’ and students spent the day pitching their wits at various challenges, including making models and launching rockets, and I hope the students involved in ‘Pate’s Resourceful Monopoly’ fared well in their attempts at running the school finances!

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Head Master's Message w/c 22nd June 2015


  • Making £nds Meet Appeal
  • Parents’ Association Lobbies Parliament
  • House Drama 2016
  • Request for hosting Australian cricketers
  • More Athletics Success!
  • Sports Team Photos now available
  • Trips Launch - Berlin Experience 2016
  • Calendar / Forthcoming Events:

I would like to express my most sincere thanks to all those have made donations to our Making £nds Meet Appeal. I am writing to thank everyone personally, so if you haven’t received a letter from me within a couple of weeks of sending in your donation, particularly if it came in by ‘pupil post’, I would be most grateful if you would check that we have received it. Some donations have taken a little time to emerge from the school bag! We are making fantastic progress at conquering next year’s shortfall, but the following year (16/17) is still a significant concern. We need to start tackling it now. It is worth noting that many employers offer ‘match funding’ as part of their CSR policy to employees who make donations to a charity. Pate’s, as an ‘exempt charity’, can benefit from this. These can be very generous and double the value of your donation. More information is available here including a list of companies who offer this, or speak to your HR or personnel department direct. I would like to add another reminder that we are giving the finance presentation again in school, next Tuesday 23rd June at 5.30pm. For those of you who live further away in the Cirencester, Stroud, and Swindon areas we are giving the presentation on Monday 6th July at 7pm in Cirencester (United Business Centres (Midlands) Ltd, Cirencester Office Park, Tetbury Road, Cirencester, GL7 6JJ). To book a place, please click on the date of the event you wish to attend, which helps us arrange appropriate seating. For further information on how to make a donation please click here or contact Shirley Park (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

I am delighted that our Parents’ Association Committee have decided to champion a feeling amongst our parents of wishing to help raise the profile of the funding crisis in our schools in Parliament. The committee has prepared a ‘sample letter’ which parents can use as much or little of, as they wish to write to their MP. Please visit the PA part of the website HERE to read more and to access the letter and find contact details for MPs.

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Head Master's Message w/c 15th June 2015


  • 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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Head Master's Message w/c 8th June 2015


  • Summer term activities
  • Cricket Week
  • Arts Week
  • Dates for your Diary
  • Making £nds Meet Appeal
  • A Night at the Musicals – Wed 24th June @ 7pm
  • Sports Celebration Evening – Tues 30th June @ 7pm
  • Trips Update – re Y7 Normandy and Ski Trips
  • Maths Challenge
  • Chernobyl Children's Clothing Appeal
  • School Gateway Update

GCSE and A Level exams have resumed this week and Y7-10 internal exams will take place during week commencing 15th June. Once exams are finished, a truly action-packed remainder of term lies ahead with many trips and activities crammed into the calendar. Summer sports House matches will take place throughout the term and rehearsals begin for all those involved in the annual House Drama competition (House Officials will be sending out rehearsal schedules to parents shortly – thank you for your support in enabling students to take part in this end of term extravaganza!).

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