The Pate’s Society

Connections Lead to Opportunities

The Pate’s Society was formed to incorporate, in one organisation, the societies of former pupils of Pate’s Grammar School for Girls and Cheltenham Grammar School for Boys. The society came into being in 1986 when the Girls’ School vacated its premises in Albert Road to share the Boys’ School building in Princess Elizabeth Way, to become the alumni organisation representing former pupils of all three schools. A very warm welcome awaits any former pupils wishing to join the Society.

The Pate’s Society is now looking to the future to ensure it evolves to benefit former pupils from the current Pate’s Grammar School and both of its single sex predecessors, whether through social events or networking opportunities. It also exists to help support Pate’s in a variety of ways. The Society ensures that joining Pate’s Grammar School can be a lifetime involvement in the school and its community. We are ready to warmly welcome the young men and women who leave Pate’s each year; once a Patesian, always a Patesian.

The Pate’s Society is also responsible for the school archives, a treasure chest of old school records, publications and photos. Further information can be found on the dedicated archives page.

How to join the Society

Please join the Society, whenever you left school. It costs £10 per annum. A membership form can be downloaded here (pdf) and forwarded to the Membership Secretary, c/o Pate's Grammar School, Princess Elizabeth Way, Cheltenham, GL51 0HG.

If you join the Society in the same calendar year in which you leave the school, you can enjoy the benefits of discounted membership rates for life of £5 per annum. Please use this application here (pdf).

If you would like to be involved with the committee or have ideas for events, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Alex Gregory here or call for a chat 01242 538285

The Committee and Meetings

President Russel Ellicott, Head Master, Pate’s Grammar School

Vice Presidents Richard Kemp, former Headmaster, Robert MacDonald, former Headmaster, Richard Pate School, Rosemary Donnelly, former Chair, Shaun Fenton, former Headmaster, Bob Beale, former Deputy Head

Chair: Simon Cook

Secretary: Maggie Cowie

Membership Secretary / Treasurer: Colin Chandler

Patesian Editor: Jen Cockett Media Co-ordinator

Events Organiser: Cara Battle

If you would like to contact any of us please email using

Archives: Maggie Cowie and Rob Rimell, (

School Staff Representative: Alex Gregory ( or 01242 538285)

Minutes of the last AGM (Sept 2018) can be downloaded here


For more information on upcoming events, please click here.

The Pate's Society AGM and Lunch 2019 will be on Saturday 28th September, further details and booking form available here.

AGM 2019 Agenda



"Joining the Pate's Society when I left was really important to me, it will be a way to keep in touch with a school that has meant so much to me" (Pate's Alumni)