Head Master’s Message 18th June 2021


  • Fundraising Update for Making £nds Meet
  • Leavers’ Concert 2021 – Mon 21st June @ 6.30pm (book your free ticket here)
  • Traffic Delays Advice
  • Sports Kit Amnesty!  Please return team kit!
  • PPA Update re Nearly New Uniform Shop
  • Virtual Work Experience Opportunities
  • Cover Supervisor Vacancies
  • Y10 Biology Challenge
  • Covid testing kits available to collect from school
  • Calendar Update
  • POSTPONED – Pate’s Parents’ Association Parent Social & Committee Meeting – 24th June 6-8pm

I would like to congratulate Years 7-9 on the completion of their exams this week.   There is great excitement for Y8s who are off on camp over the next few days, and I wish them well!  Year 12 continue their exams for another week – thanks to all the staff who have been involved in co-ordinating the masterplan for running all these exams, and to my colleagues who are very busy with marking and grading them.

Fundraising update for Making £nds Meet 2020/21

A quick update now that we’re making headway through our last term of the academic year – and great news about our Making £nds Meet appeal – I’m very happy to share with you our end of May grand total stands at an incredible £113,182!

Thanks as always, to each and every one of you who’s already supporting us this academic year – it’s very much appreciated.

Even though our £165,000 goal is within sight, we still have a way to go to achieve our challenging target – so if you haven’t already supported us but would like to help please do! You can find details on the Making £nds Meet section of the school website here  or get in touch with Alex Gregory in the Development Office and she’ll be happy to help with any queries: alex.gregory@patesgs.org

Thank you.

Leavers’ Concert Monday 21st June @ 6.30pm:   Just a reminder of our first live concert for many months!  Tickets are free for this event, which will be a final opportunity to see our Year 13 musicians perform together in school.  Please follow this link to book your place – we apologise that audience numbers are reduced in order that everyone can be socially distanced.   It will be a lovely occasion, and wonderful for the musicians to have an audience to perform for.  We are very excited!

Traffic Delays: We would just like to make you aware of the long traffic delays at the Golden Valley roundabout – if you are collecting children from school during the day you should allow double the usual time.  Thank you.   

Sports kit amnesty

Please check the back of your cupboards and drawers! Can anyone who accidently still has a school team football shirt, rugby shirt, hockey shirts or netball dress at home please return to the front office or PE office. Some are still missing from before the March 2020 lockdown.  These items are impossible  to replace due to sponsoring and numbering, so any kit returned will be gratefully received. No questions asked.  Please return to the PE department, or to Reception if you prefer.  Thank you.

Pate’s Parents’ Association Nearly New Uniform Shop

The Nearly New Uniform shop will be open again next Friday 25th June 2-4pm in the Development Bungalow (immediately to the left as you enter the main school gates).  There will be a sign outside on the pathway to direct you. We accept cash and card payments and ask that you please wear a mask and observe social distancing – thank you.

Cover Supervisor Vacancies:  We currently have vacancies in our bank of Cover Supervisors.  A Cover Supervisor would normally be contacted on an ad hoc basis to cover for staff absence or training.  Often, Cover Supervisors will be approached on the day that they are needed, and a degree of flexibility is therefore required.  Cover Supervisors work on an on-call basis, and there is no expectation for them to come in unless it is convenient and they wish to.  This role would suit anyone who might be interested in a career in teaching, and we would be able to support progression onto PGCE, GTP or qualified teacher posts.  Please see our website for full details and how to apply.  If you have any queries or wish to discuss the role in more detail, please contact Francesca Coppola by email fcoppola@patesgs.org or telephone (01242) 523169.

Y10 Biology Challenge Results:  This year’s competition was very demanding, nationally only 28% of entrants received a medal, with the minimum score required being 70%.  So, very well done to year 10 for achieving so highly:  20 students achieved Gold awards, 19 Silver, and 35 Bronze.

Covid Testing:  Just a reminder that lateral flow testing kits are available to collect (by parents or students) from the foyer (by main reception).

Calendar Update:

Postponed – Pate’s Parents’ Association Social Evening

Unfortunately, as further restrictions have not been lifted as expected, the PPA have postponed their social evening planned for next week (Thursday 24th June) until the Autumn term, when it is hoped that we will be able to get together without social distancing and face masks. Hopefully parents will feel like getting out and about and meeting one another – we very much look forward to meeting you! We’ll be in touch again soon when we have a date confirmed.

LEAVERS’ CONCERT this Monday 21st June @ 6.30pm in the hall (book your free ticket here)

8P & 8R Summer Camp 21 & 22 June

8Y Summer Camp 23 & 24 June

POSTPONED – Thurs 24th June Pate’s PA Parent Social & Committee Meeting

2nd July – Y9 vaccinations (thank you for returning consent forms – a few more still to come)

Tues 6th July – Y12 Grade Cards Published

Thurs 8th July 4-7pm – Y12 Parents’ Evening (2) Online

Fri 9th July – Y9 Grade Cards Published

Mon 12th July – EARLY FINISH @ 2.30pm

Tues 13th July – Y7 & Y8 Reports Published

Wed 14th July – School finishes at 12 noon for the summer holidays.

 Russel Ellicott
Head Master