Head Master’s Message 23rd June 2022


  • Relationship and Sex Education
  • Junior Concert – Wed 29 June @ 7pm (tickets here)
  • Important Information:  Last week of term – House Drama arrangements / consents, tickets and pizza orders!  
  • Cricket Week
  • Sports Celebration Evening – Tues 5 July @ 6.45 (school Hall) 
  • Sporting Updates (a very busy week for sport!)
  • Summer Sports Team Photos – Wed 29th June – smart kit needed!
  • Scholastic Book Fair – Wed 29 June
  • Have you considered a career in teaching?


Relationships and Sex Education


Dear Parents and Guardians,  The Department for Education announced changes to relationships and sex education (RSE); these changes came into effect in September 2020.

We started a curriculum that complies with the updated requirements in September 2019 following on from a parent consultation in July 2019. We will be reviewing our RSE curriculum and policy on a yearly basis so that we can be sure our RSE provision is appropriate for our pupils based on their:

  • Age
  • Physical and emotional maturity
  • Religious and cultural backgrounds
  • Special educational needs and disabilities


We will also be reviewing our Careers Policy on an annual basis.


We need your feedback to help us do this.

Here is how you can help:

If you would like to let us know of your thoughts on the existing policies, please could you read through the attached RSE Policy and Careers Policy documents and email any comments that you may have to emma.adams-morgan@pates.org by Wednesday 29th June.  

We are also aiming to provide a parental programme to enable you to support the learning of your young person. If there is a particular topic that you would like further information on, or support with, please email emma.adams-morgan@pates.org with your thoughts.

Thank you for your time.

Yours sincerely, Emma Adams-Morgan


Junior Concert – Wed 29th June @ 7pm in the school hall.  Please join us for our final concert of the year, which takes place during Activities Fortnight and is the culmination of orchestral and choral workshops, followed by the annual Lower School Music Competition.  It will be an unforgettable evening of music and song, and it is wonderful to see how far the students have come over the course of the year.  Our PPA will be providing a full bar and snack service and we would love to see you there.  Tickets cost £6 (adults) and £4 (children), and are available to buy online here.




Important Information:  Last week of term – House Drama arrangements / consents, tickets and pizza orders!  

  • House Drama performances will be on Tuesday and Wednesday 12th and 13th July at 2pm, and again at 6.30pm.
  • Students will not be able to get their buses home, as the matinee performance will run on past bus time, and the evening performance will follow quite soon afterwards.
  • Remember to indicate, via School Gateway, whether you wish your child to remain on school site between performances, in which case they will then not be allowed off site for any reason. If you do not indicate your consent – to one or both nights – it will be assumed that you have agreed other arrangements and you take full parental responsibility, whether that be children coming home / being collected by parents, or going offsite with friends. Please note that any child who is not signed up, will need to leave school site between shows – ie from 4.30pm- 5.45 pm.
  • Tickets will cost £10 (adults) and £4 (students), and will be released on sale tomorrow at 6pm via Ticketsource on the school website (here). 

Please plan ahead for your tickets!  Tickets for the evening performances are in great demand and they tend to sell out straightaway.  Please plan ahead which performance you would like to buy tickets for, as we will be unable to exchange tickets or give refunds.  As demand for evening tickets is so high, we ask you to try to limit the number of evening tickets per family, and consider extended family attending the matinee performances, where there tends to be more availability.  The matinee performances are more relaxed, less busy – and just as good!


LAST CHANCE TO BUY House Drama Pizza – orders closing this weekend at midnight Sunday 26th June


The Pate’s Parents’ Association (PPA) will be offering pizza to students to be consumed between the matinee and evening performances of House Drama on Tuesday 12th July and Wednesday 13th July.


If you would like your son or daughter to have pizza on either or both of the days, you will need to purchase it in advance on their School Gateway account. The payment option is titled ‘House Drama Cheese and Tomato Pizza Order For Tuesday 12th July‘ and ‘House Drama Cheese and Tomato Pizza Order For Wednesday 13th July‘.


Please complete an order for each separate day if your child requires pizza for both days. Orders must be completed by midnight Sunday 26th June.Please note orders cannot be cancelled once payment has been made. 


The pizza order is for 4 slices/half a 11.5” cheese and tomato pizza (£7.00).


Please let your child know whether you have ordered them a pizza or not for either/both nights. If you do not wish for your child to have pizza on either (or both) nights, and they are staying on school site, students should be provided with a packed tea to eat during performances.


PPA will also be selling cold drinks, Pringles, breadsticks, cereal snack bars and sweets in the Refectory that students can purchase before the evening performance using their School Gateway account fob or with cash.



CRICKET WEEK – 27th June

The marquee is up on the boundary and we are all looking forward to cricket week with 4 days of games. All parents are very welcome to pop in and watch any parts of the games.

  1. 1st XI v Headmasters’ XI – Monday 27th June, 2pm start. A very talented team of staff and ex-students, captained by Mr Ellicott take on the 1st XI
  2. Girls XI v CLC – Tuesday 28th June, 2pm start. Our top female cricketers from Yrs7-13 take on CLC
  3. U12A and B v Bournside – Wednesday 29th June, 3.50pm starts. Our Yr7s challenge our local friends to get an experience of cricket week
  4. 1st XI v MCC – Thursday 30th June, 11.30am start. We invite an adult invitational MCC team to Pate’s, which is always the biggest challenge of the 1st XI’s season


Y7-10 Sports Celebration Evening on Tuesday 5th July, at 6.45pm for a prompt 7pm – We are pleased to be able to announce our special guest who will be saying a few words on the night as, Pate’s parent and Olympic Psychology Coach after 22 years working for GB rowing, Chris Shambrook.  All parents and pupils with any connection to sport are invited to join us for a prompt 7pm start in the school hall. The PPA will be running their bar and snack service, and the captains and players of our teams will present a review of their season, with Players’ Player of the Year presentations and any trophies celebrated. Admission is free, but it would help us if you could book your place (here) so that we know how many people to expect. Here’s looking forward to a sporty evening…  from Mr. Dandy and the PE department.


Nationals Handball Finals

After winning the South West Tournament our U13 girls headed to Nottingham University Sports Centre for their National Finals on Sunday. 2 wins in the group followed by 2 losses by 1 goal meant they missed out on the semi-finals. As we know sport is always challenging, the last team they lost to in the group went onto win the National title by 6 clear goals. What could have been!

As well as live YouTube streaming for parents back at home it was great to be able to support Tosca (Yr12) and Izzy (Yr13) compete for Stroud Handball Club against Loughborough in their Nationals Final; what great role models.



English Schools Track & Field Athletics Cup Regional A Round

43 athletes from Yr7-10 competed in the Regional A Round at The Pringles Stadium, Nuneaton on Monday after winning the Gloucestershire Championships.

Lots of PBs resulted in some outstanding team positions when Pate’s were competing against all the top independent schools and state schools in the Midlands.

Junior girls 6th out of 8

Inter boys 4th

Junior boys missed out on National Finals by 4 points as they were edged into 2nd place

Results and performances can be accessed via this link






The U14 Rounders team have been preparing all season for the district tournament. And what a tournament it was! They were undefeated through the group stages, playing against tough opposition including Winchcombe, Cotswold, All Saints and Bournside schools. They then went on to beat a strong Pittville side in the semi-final and faced an Balcarras in the final. The team played brilliantly and were drawing 6-6 at the end of the innings this led to an additional 5 balls to be played. The team demonstrated their ability to keep their composure under pressure and were triumphant winning by one rounder in the last ball of the game!

The U14 Rounders team have been resilient, reflective and supportive all season. With special thanks to Alice Craig for doing a brilliant job of leading the team as captain.





Boys’ Minors Shield Retained for the 23rd year running


Yesterday was the final team athletics event of the year – the Cheltenham District Boys’ Minors Championships. Y7s and Y8s had been training very hard and performed brilliantly on the night. Y7 finished in a commendable 3rd place (in their first ever competition), with the talented (and now experienced) Y8s winning their side of the competition with twice as many points as their closest opposition. The overall culmination of points allowed Pate’s to maintain it’s incredibly long run as Boys’ Minors Champions. Special mentions should go to the Y8s who won their events: Michael Odidika (High Jump and 100m), Thomas Wightman (1500m) and James Sainsbury (200m).






The Scholastic Book Fair will be taking place in the Junior Library from
Wed 29th June – Tues 5th July at break &  lunch and after school

All purchases will contribute towards new books for the school library.

Prices start at £2.99 and there will also be stationery & posters for purchase.

Books are most suitable for Y7-Y9, but everyone is welcome across the school including staff.

A list of books you can purchase is available here.

We can take cash on the day or students can take a wish list home and ask parents to make an online payment before collecting the book once payment has been made.


Online payments are now open Bookfairs.scholastic.co.uk/pay. Just search for the Pate’s 

Do come along come along and take a look.


Any questions from students or parents,  pop in and see us in the Junior Library,  or email  lib@patesgs.org.  Thank you, Mrs Stone.



Have you considered a career in teaching?  Applications are still open for both primary and secondary teacher training starting in September.  Please see the attached flyer for more information or get in touch – 01242 538276 or admin@odysseyla.org




Calendar Update


  • Fri 24 June – Nearly New Uniform sale @ Bungalow 2-4pm
  • CRICKET WEEK 27th June – all welcome
  • Mon 27 June – 1st XI v Headmasters XI
  • Tues 28 June – Girls XI v CLC
  • Wed 29 June – U12A and B v Bournside
  • Thurs 30 June – 1st XI v MCC
  • Tues 28 June – Information Evening for the Boys Sports Tour 6-7.30pm (school Hall)
  • Wed 29th June – Junior Concert 7pm (tickets here)
  • Thurs 30 June – New Y7 Parents Event @ 6.30-8.30pm
  • Mon 4 July – New Y12 Taster Day 09:00-12:30
  • Tues 5 July – Y12 Reports Published
  • Tues 5 July – School Sports Presentation Evening 7pm (Book Free places here)
  • Wed 6 July – New Y7 Induction Day
  • Fri 8 July – Y9 Grade Cards Published
  • Tues 12 July – Y7 & Y8 Reports Published
  • Tues 12 July – House Drama Matinee 2-4.30pm (TICKETS HERE, from 6pm Friday)
  • Tues 12 July – House Drama Evening Performance 6.30pm
  • Wed 13 July – House Drama Matinee 2-4.30pm
  • Wed 13 July – House Drama Evening Performance 6.30pm + judging
  • Thurs 14 July – School Finishes for summer @ 12:00 noon


Russel Ellicott

Head Master