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. Since the formation of Pate’s Grammar School at Princess Elizabeth Way in 1986, the Pate’s Society now represents former pupils of all three schools.

We exist to connect, support and provide ongoing opportunities for all Pate’s alumni through social events, networking, mentoring and opportunities to reconnect with the current school.

We run a programme of events every year, including School Reunions, a Summer Garden Party, an Annual Lunch and an AGM.  We update our members through an annual publication called The Patesian and termly e-newsletters.

The Pate’s Society also looks after the school archives, which is a treasure chest of old school records, publications, photos and uniforms. If you have anything you would like to add to the archives, or would like to arrange a visit please email

How to join the Society

Membership is open to former pupils, former staff and friends of Pate’s Grammar School and its predecessors – anyone with a connection to the school in any form is welcome to join.

Membership costs from £10 per annum or 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. Just download and complete this membership form Society_Membership_Form V9 and forward to the Membership Secretary, Pate's Society, c/o Pate's Grammar School, Princess Elizabeth Way, Cheltenham, GL51 0HG.

We have now set up a PayPal facility to allow our overseas alumni, who don't have a UK bank account, the option to join the Society and pay this way. Please get in touch with us at if you'd like to subscribe using our PayPal account and we'll let you know how to go about it.

If you would like to be involved with the committee or have ideas for events, we would love to hear from you. Please email or Alex Gregory in the Development Office

The Committee 

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

Vice Presidents Richard Kemp, former Head Master; Robert MacDonald, Head Master, Richard Pate School; Shaun Fenton, former Head Master; Bob Beale, former Deputy Head Master

Chair: Simon Cook

Secretary: Maggie Cowie

Membership Secretary: Anne Daly

Treasurer: Richard Neale

Media Co-ordinator: Jen Cockett

Event Co-ordinator: Position Vacant

Member: Colin Chandler

Archives: Maggie Cowie and Rob Rimell

If you would like to contact any of us please email using or for the Archives

School Staff Representative: Alex Gregory


Agenda and Audited Accounts for the next AGM on Saturday 24th September 2022 can be viewed here:

PS AGM 2022 Agenda Pates Society Year End Signed Accounts March 2022

Minutes of the last AGM (Sept 2021) can be viewed here:



For more information on upcoming events, please click here.


"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)