Head’s Weekly Message – Friday 5th April 2019


I was delighted to hand out Sports, Music and Drama colours in assembly this morning, to those people who have shown unfailing loyalty and commitment in Sport, Music and Drama.  This afternoon was House Talent Show, which was great fun, but impossible to judge pick winners!  Judging with me this year were Ms Ellie Lane and Miss Grace Burnett and prizes were awarded as follows: Thomas Rex (10B) playing the guitar and singing like a professional; and the boys and girls in the 7Y dance group – who totally owned it!  York did well today, with Ollie Ainsworth-Parker and Huw Barlow-Kay (both 10Y) winning the best compares prize (plus a mystery third York compare!).  My Head Master’s prize though had to go to Shambhavi Katkar (7G), who recited Pi by heart!  Twice!  We had an array of brilliant dancers, musicians, singers and compares, who put on a great show for us.

I am delighted to announce that Professor Robert Winston, Professor of Science & Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College, London, will be delivering a Pate’s Lecture on Wednesday 8th May 6-7pm in the school hall.  Free places are available for all.  Please join us to hear his lecture, followed by questions from the floor.  Afterwards, there will be an opportunity to visit the new Sixth Form Centre, Junior and Senior Libraries, recital room and newly refurbished classrooms.

The letter includes the methods you can use to respond to this consultation. We look forward to hearing your views.


  • Can you host 3 (male) Chinese visitors?
  • Teacher Training Taster Day – Wed 1st May
  • Y7-10 Music Competition – Tuesday 25th June (entry deadline 24 May)
  • Tour Dinner – Fri 26 April @ 7pm in Refectory
  • Pate’s team in National Final of English Speaking Union Public Speaking Competition
  • Calendar & Trips Update

Tour Dinner is the week we get back – please remember to book your tickets over Easter! It all happens on Friday 26 April @ 7pm in the Refectory.  We are very lucky to have Maryka Holtzhausen, South African International netball player with over 100 caps, Severn Stars VNSL Captain.  A really enjoyable curry night, plus entertainment and raffle.  Tickets cost £15 and are available to buy here.

National Final of the English Speaking Union Public Speaking Competition. Many congratulations to Eleanor Stiles, Matt Robyns-Landricombe and Bethan Avery (all 11R), who have progressed to the National Final of the English Speaking Union Public Speaking Competition. They saw off competition in the Regional Final from 8 schools, from as far afield as Hereford and Loughborough, with Eleanor taking the prize for Best Speaker and Matt the prize for both Best Chair and most enjoyable performance! Next step is the final at Churchill College, Cambridge on Saturday 27th April and we wish them the very best of luck.

Shooting and Climbing Clubs:  Please note that registration for shooting clubs for Year 7 and Years 8&9 next term is now open on our website. Follow the link to:

https://www.patesgsoed.org/shooting  (These clubs were over-subscribed in the current term so early registration is recommended.)

As usual, due to use of the gym for other purposes, including exams, it is not possible to run climbing club next term.


Following a recent meeting of Governors, please find attached a reminder of a letter detailing proposed changes to our Admissions Policy from September 2021.  (Thank you to everyone who has already replied.)  Pate’s is a highly-oversubscribed school and we are keen to expand the provision to meet this need and, additionally, these proposals will further promote the opportunities for disadvantaged students to gain access to the school. There are considerable financial efficiencies that come from expanding the pupil number and this will help us to retain the broad and balanced offer that makes this school unique. We are aware that there are operational issues to deal with and have factored these in to our implementation planning – obviously this change will need careful and considered thought to ensure that the pupil experience remains outstanding.  The deadline for responses is 16th April.

Can you host our Chinese visitors – ESPECIALLY TO HOST MALE STUDENTS (in May/June – excluding half term)?  If so, or if you would like more information, please email Francesca Coppola, PA to Head Master here for full details.  We are looking for families to host students in pairs – A full daytime programme will be organised – And school lunches will be provided.  Remuneration will be paid per student.

Our next Teacher Training Taster Day is on Wednesday 1st May.  If you or anyone you know is Interested in becoming a teacher and would like to know more, please do come along.  Booking is essential – simply email info@odysseyts.org.  This is a great opportunity to explore teaching, spend time in the classroom and discover the training options available in Gloucestershire.

Y7-10 Music Competition – Tuesday 25th June (entry deadline 24 May / forms from Music Department):  Entrants are invited to perform one piece of no more than three minutes before acting as an audience for the other competitors in their class and category. Every participant receives a certificate and comments on their performances from the adjudicator, and there is a winner and a runner-up in each class.  Ten classes are on offer this year: Voice, Strings, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, Guitar, Piano, Organ, Ensemble, Composition. Within each class there are three categories: Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced. Students will be grouped into categories after all entries have been received.  To enter, pick up a form from the Music Office or your Music teacher and return it before the deadline, 3.40pm on Friday 24th May. Entrants who will need accompanying must bring us a copy of their accompaniment with their completed entry form, or the entry can’t be accepted! Happy practising!  Mr T Thiselton, Musician in Residence


  • Tues 23rd April – SCHOOL RESTARTS
  • 23-29 April inclusive – Y10 exams + study leave
  • Fri 26 April – Sports Tour Dinner @ 7pm (Refectory)  PLEASE BOOK HERE
  • Wed 1st May – Leavers’ Concert, 7pm @ Pittville Pump Room
  • Thurs 2nd May – CCF Annual Inspection (from 11am)  More details to follow
  • Sun 5th May @ 12:30 – Pate’s Big Band plays at Jazz Festival, Montpellier Gardens
  • Tues 7th May @ 4.30pm – Guitar Teatime Concert (Recital Room)


  • I would like to wish all Pate’s families at happy Easter.



Russel Ellicott
Head Master