Head Master’s Message 1st July 2022

End of Term:  Please remind students to empty their lockers and collect their items from the Lost Property office (Reception).  Any Lost Property not collected next week will be recycled over the summer holidays, due to restricted storage space.  There is also a quantity of lost spectacles and jewellery / smaller items held at the main Reception desk.

Travel disruption on Monday: We have been made aware of some potential protest action on Monday, 4 July, which, if it goes ahead is likely to impact the A48, causing travel disruption in the Gloucester and Forest of Dean areas.

Pre-Season Training in Hockey and Netball (Y11-13), and Rugby (Y8-13), September 2022.  Please see the attached information.


  • House Drama tickets (here)
  • World Class School Status – Re-accreditation
  • Another Wonderful Week of Sport
  • Pride in Pate’s Day
  • Year 8 Science Fair 2022 – An invitation
  • International Biology Olympiad results
  • Little Amal come’s to Cheltenham (Alumni news)
  • Y9 Holocaust Exhibition
  • Scholastic Book Fair – Tues 5th July
  • Food Bank Collection Mon 11 July
  • Calendar Update

This week’s Junior Concert was outstanding, with more students than ever taking part, performing before a packed audience.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable and impressive evening, and I must thank our Director of Music, Ellie Lane, and Music teacher David Crowe, as well as all the other music teachers who generously gave their time to prepare and support their students.  Adding to the enjoyment was our wonderful PPA, who ran a very busy bar and snack service and, as always, gave such a warm welcome – thank you to them.   The money they raise goes straight back into the school, to directly benefit the students.  What a wonderful evening.

Enrichment activities and House Drama rehearsals are well underway, as we reached the half-way point of our fortnight of fun. From House Matches, pride in Pate’s celebrations, sustainability projects, conservation, Outdoor Education, Art workshops, cookery lessons and a Junior Concert, there has been so much to get involved in to enhance the personal development of our students. It has been fantastic to see our learners supporting each other across the year groups to enjoy the array of co-curricular opportunities on offer. Next week we are looking forward to trip enrichment, Mandarin Excellence Programme enrichment, Shakespeare, and Language and Science Fairs.

Thank you to all our school community for contributing to the success so far!

It is wonderful to be back to a full House Drama competition this year, with most of  Years 7 – 10 being involved.  For those of you who have never experienced it, prepare to be amazed!   Sixth formers are working incredibly hard to choreograph dance routines, conduct their House band, and keep everyone happy and entertained, despite the gruelling hard work of trying to win this competition!  During rehearsals this week, we were visited by a delegation of education professionals collecting evidence to support our re-accreditations as a World Class School, and they gave some wonderful feedback, which I would like to share with you.  They felt that the school atmosphere spoke volumes about how much we do to develop the whole student. They just could not believe that our Year 12s were managing over 100 children in a dance rehearsal, and they marvelled at the patience of sixth formers encouraging and supporting their young musicians through their pieces. They were extremely impressed with the way students were helping each other, and trying their hardest to master things out of their comfort zones.  We are all incredibly proud of our House system – it is one of the reasons why we have been re-accredited our World Class School status.

House Drama performances will be on Tuesday and Wednesday 12th and 13th July at 2pm, and again at 6.30pm.  There are some tickets left for the Tuesday evening performance, as well as the matinées – here.   Tickets cost £10 (adults) and £4 (students).  Make sure you buy yours before they sell out – I have a feeling that this year will be the most thrilling yet!  Here is a sneak preview of some York rehearsals!

House Drama Consent Reminder:  A reminder that 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.

Another Wonderful Week of Sport!

U12 District Rounders

The Year 7 team played some superb rounders with some accurate hitting and excellent tactics to move into the final, where they beat a strong Winchcombe team to be crowned District Champions. That’s 2 out of 3 for our rounders teams as District Champs. Good luck to Year 10 next week!

Cricket Week

Monday – 1st XI Headmasters’ XI

It was great to see Mr Ellicott and his team of staff and ex-students taking on the 1st XI. The 1st XI were chasing down 186 in the 30 overs but, unfortunately, ended up 29 runs short.

Tuesday – Girls’ XI v Cheltenham Ladies College XI

The first time we have had a team made up of students from Year 7 to 13 representing Pate’s. The talented team of cricketers, many who play for their Districts and the County, beat CLC by 5 runs.

Wednesday – U12A and B v Bournside

Huge participation from Year 7, when nearly 20 players bowled for their teams. The As ran their singles well and rotated the batting order to win by 19 runs. The Bs had an exciting win when it all went down to the last ball.

Thursday – 1st XI v MCC XI (Marylebone Cricket Club)

The 1st XI enjoyed the challenge of playing against an adult MCC select team of excellent players, with at least one player who has played professionally. In a rain disrupted innings, the MCC declared on 166, with some accurate bowling from Louis Hammond and Will Smith and excellent catching from Anirjit Roy and Tosca Knight. After a slow start against some outstanding spin and pace bowling, the runs were accumulated by Jacob Moore (36) and Rohan Donga (33). Dylan Jones then went on the attack with an aggressive 36 to push close to a dramatic win. As wickets fell, Will Smith and Tosca Knight were left batting for a draw under intense pressure in the final over. Congratulations to captain Sam Bradford, who captained the side superbly, and to Tosca Knight, who was awarded a cap for the MCC Spirit of Game award. Well done!

Our Pride in Pate’s day was a fantastic success, thanks to Year 10, who really rose to the occasion.  The students explored a history of LGBTQ+ rights and discussed some recent headlines and developments. Their maturity, sensitivity and insight were really impressive as they navigated some profoundly complex societal issues. The afternoon was a great opportunity for them to get creative, embellishing T-Shirts with iron-on Vinyl, and their designs were absolutely fantastic. We’d like to say a very big thank you for your support in sourcing an appropriate top for them to bring in.

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Year 11 students celebrated the end of exams with their Prom at the Double Tree Hilton this week. After a three course meal, they enjoyed a video made by Ben Tilly, then Simi Osunsanmi and Sai Matcha did a marvellous job of announcing and handing out awards (as voted by the rest of the year group).  This was followed by much dancing and hilarity on the dancefloor.

Year 8 Science Fair 2022 – An invitation: The students have already started work on their projects, which will continue next week with an exciting day of practical work and data gathering on Monday 4th July, followed by a poster presentation on Thursday 7th July. Family of Year 8 students are welcome to come and view the posters on Thursday 7th July in the main hall from 3.20pm until 4pm. The presentation of prizes will take place at 3.20pm if you wish to attend this. If you are planning to come, please can you email me (efearon@patesgs.org) so we can have an idea of numbers.  Ellie Fearon, Head of Lower School Science


Congratulations to Year 12 Biologists who achieved 3 Gold, 16 Silver, 24 Bronze, 22 Highly Commended and 15 Commended awards in this year’s International Biology Olympiad.  Over 12,566 students from 608 schools worldwide took part in the competition, which was particularly difficult this year.  Special mention goes to Philip Wang, Thomas Davies and Edison Yau, who achieved Gold.

Little Amal arrives in Cheltenham:  Little Amal is a larger than life puppet with equally large aspirations of raising awareness about the plight of refugees. She emulates a young Syrian refugee child and has travelled from Syria and through many Europeans cities to finally make her way to the UK. Last December, Naomi Webb (Nee Carr), a Pate’s alumni and a founder of the project, gave a talk at Pate’s to inform students more about refugees and how art can be used to raise awareness. On 23rd June, Little Amal herself visited Cheltenham in order to mark World Refugee Week. She took part in a parade down towards Imperial Square in an event which was well attended by a crowd consisting of people from all around Cheltenham (including some Pate’s students!). She was given a flower crown, which she later laid at the war memorial where she also met the mayor. All the while she served as a symbol of hope and resilience for millions of refugees around the world. Cheltenham was privileged to play her host, in one stop among the 10 she is making around England before she heads off to New York to continue to spread her positive message. Many thanks to the organisers of the event and to the Politics department for encouraging Pate’s students to attend and show our support.  To read more about Little Amal’s visit and discover the fantastic Pate’s alumni connection to the project please read the feature on our Pate’s Community platform here.    Thanks to Bhavika Kumar (Y12) for writing this article and sharing this photograph.


It is with great pleasure that we would like to announce the Pate’s Choice award for the Year 9 Holocaust Exhibition. The winning piece, as voted by Pate’s students and staff, was created by George Raven from 9Y.  George’s piece, Remember,  is an oil painting of the British Holocaust survivor, and civil rights activist, Leon Greenman. The painting shows Leon watching as his wife and son were separated from him in Auschwitz. Leon was able to recognise his wife Else and son Barney due to the distinct red hoods that Else had made them. Leon never saw them again. George has captured the horrors of Jewish life under Nazi rule through the saddened gaze of a husband and father.

Congratulations George for such fine work! A special History Department Commendation also goes to Raphael Brookes-Fischer, Poppy Marshall, Anish Basuthkar, JoJo Enright and Emma Schrier for their creative and well-illustrated piece on the Holocaust.

Thank you to all Year 9s who took part to produce such thoughtful and reflective pieces.

This is the picture of the work given the department commendation for the Head master’s message.


2 days to go…

There’s still time to visit the Scholastic Book Fair in the Junior Library until the end of Tues 5th July 

Open  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 Pate’s 

Do come along come along and take a look.

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The Community Committee are having this year’s last foodbank collection onMonday 11th Julyfor West Cheltenham Community Pantry (WCP).

The charity is set up by the Hesters Way Partnership to support individuals and families in the local community who are struggling to feed themselves. WCP are grateful for any donations of any unopened long-life food.

Please collect all items in carrier bags or boxes in your form rooms and drop them off at the bottom of the language stairs in the main building.

Your support has been absolutely incredible, let’s make our last food bank collection of the year the biggest it has ever been.   Thank you from the Community Committee.

Calendar Update

  • 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)
  • 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