Pate’s Grammar School


Advice on Registering for a YEAR 7 Appeal for September 2020 – COVID-19 UPDATE

As yet we have had no guidance on what will happen with appeals.  Normally an appeal hearing would involve a panel of 3, a clerk, a presenting officer for the school and the parents all meeting, and, in the absence of any official advice from the Department for Education, here is our advice:

  • At present we don’t know when or how hearings will take place – it is unlikely that they will take place in May.
  • Please complete your appeal registration form and email in your appeal as normal.
  • We will acknowledge receipt of all appeals and put them on hold until procedures are in place to hear the appeals.
  • It may not be possible for you to send in supporting documents, for example it is likely that schools and doctors won’t be in a position to provide a statement.  If this is relevant to your appeal then please mention in your statement.
  • We will contact you as soon as we have news.

Important Dates for Y7 Appeals:

  • Appeal Registration opens on 1stApril 2020.  Registration forms are available to download from the school website.
  • Deadline to submit appeals: 3pm on Monday 27th April 2020.
  • Deadline for submitting any additional supporting paperwork: midnight on Thursday 7th May 2020.
  • Dates of Appeal Hearings:  Pate’s Grammar School Appeal hearings will take place on either Tuesday 19th May or Wednesday 20th May (final details to be confirmed 10 days before).  The hearings will be held at Hester’s Way Resource Centre, Cassin Drive, Cheltenham, GL51 7SU.
  • Please note that the admissions test itself is designed, set, marked and administered externally by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM), based at Durham University.  As such, Pate’s holds very little information on individual test scores. However, if your child has not achieved a qualifying standard and you require confirmation of your child’s ‘ranking’ in the results for Pate’s, we can provide this; please email your request to,giving your child’s name and date of birth.  We would be grateful if you could avoid telephoning Admissions office at this very busy time; we will endeavour to answer all email enquiries within 5 school days.


  • Before launching an appeal for your child to have a place at Pate’s, we would urge you to consider whether you have grounds for appeal that go beyond suggesting that your child (like many others) would benefit from a Pate’s education. Our admissions criteria and, based upon experience, the independent Admissions Appeal Panel have not given weight in their reported deliberations to factors such as the nearness to school, travel arrangements, sibling links, the fact that a child would contribute a great deal to the school (academically, musically, in sporting or other arenas), family or child upset at not getting a place, the negatives you perceive about the alternative school allocated. Very few appeals are successful. In the end, however, it must be your decision.  One of the main concerns at Appeal is whether the admissions process has been conducted in a reasonable way, in line with the admissions policy or whether there has been any significant flaw in procedure that would have changed the outcome of allocation of places. They have sometimes also taken note of significant illness or other similar factor that would have caused under-performance on the day.
  • If you require any further information or clarification regarding the Appeals process itself please email Mr Locke, Bursar (, but please note that school will be closed for the Easter holidays from 6th until 17th April inclusive.  Please be advised that, in order to be fair and remain impartial, we are unable to discuss details of individual cases.


FOR IN-YEAR APPEALS: Please register for an In-Year appeal by completing the ‘In-Year Appeal Form’. 

Further information:

Appeals Registration Form (for in year appeals) Appeal Registration Form for Year 7 in September 2020 Appeals Guidance

“Thank you for all your help with understanding the admissions process, it was all made very easy and allowed my son to focus on simply doing his best in the test” (Parent)