Nurturing Excellence

Embracing Challenge

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Supporting Each Other

Shaping the Future

Embracing Challenge


Over the last few years we have, again, been named as the Sunday Times ‘National School of the Year’. Our examination results see us as the highest achieving co-educational school in the country and the best school outside of London. I am proud that the students and staff achieve so much, but this does not drive us. Rather, it is the positivity and sense of fun that you will feel when you visit us that makes Pate’s such a special place to work. We call it ‘The Pate’s Way’ and you will feel it when you visit the school. You will notice the quality of relationships between all members of our school community.

 Students and staff are motivated; they look after and challenge each other. Our students are quite simply the best of their generation. They are inspiring young people; it is truly a privilege to work with them. We recognise that our staff are the main reason for our successful and happy school. Both teaching and support staff are committed and hardworking, all believing firmly that we should help students to be and do their best. 

Russel Ellicott, Headteacher