And following on from last weeks incredible successes, Year 11 have also produced record breaking results with 56.6% of the grades at Grade 9. (94.9% of the grades at Grades 9-7).  We have had a fabulous day with the students and parents of Year 11 who have celebrated outstanding GCSE results.  As a year group they have been substantially affected by the pandemic.  They have worked remotely, been in and out after yet more close contact cases and had the uncertainty of what the GCSE experience would be like this year.  Their success wouldn’t have been possible without the efforts of the staff who have supported them academically, socially and pastorally – they have done an amazing job.  Many congratulations to everyone!


Congratulations to Year 13 on today's record breaking results! 95.3% A*- B (with 43% A* grades).  They have shown true resilience, a positive attitude and supported one another, through the particular challenges of the last few years.  My thanks to our wonderful staff, who have provided expert teaching and pastoral care so that together, with families and friends, we can celebrate the extraordinary successes of our students!  We are so very proud of them and wish them all the best for their future endeavours!


The Sunday Times State Secondary School of the Year 2020

Pate’s Grammar School, Cheltenham


I am thrilled to announce that, once again, Pate’s has been awarded The Sunday Times State Secondary School of the Year!  It is a great honour for any school to receive this most prestigious of awards – but to receive it twice is unprecedented.  This award is given to one individual UK school which has delivered outstanding exam results, and, importantly, shown an exceptional wealth and breadth of educational opportunities.   For us to receive this award is a powerful endorsement of the ‘Pate’s Way’, which places challenge, fun and creative collaboration at the forefront of school life, and creates such a positive and vibrant ethos.  Indeed, The Sunday Times were incredibly impressed by the vitality and independence of our students, and, for me, that says it all.  I am immensely proud that Pate’s stands out as a shining example of what is possible when we dare to be different, where priority is given to helping young people achieve whatever they themselves want to achieve, and where simply ‘being nice’ is uppermost in everyone’s minds.


“Pate’s is consistently among the most successful state grammar schools in the country, and this year’s crop of examination results are among the very best it has ever produced. Yet this is no academic hothouse.  Children benefit from a rounded education where academic success is a by-product of a culture of achievement engrained in every fibre of the school.  Success in all walks of school life is celebrated and pupils go on to flourish at some of our best universities, building on the academic and social foundations provided by this exceptional school.”  Alastair McCall, Editor of The Sunday Times Schools' Guide, Parent Power

Russel Ellicott

Head Master

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