Head Master’s Message 18th September 2020

For all Covid-related absence procedures please refer to the up-to-date guidance on the Parent Portal of the school website – here.


  • Important Safety Information regarding School Buses
  • House Music Update
  • Sixth Form Refectory News Update
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award – Reminder of details
  • Economics Daily – a Pate’s Alumni Successful Venture

Thank you for all you are doing to keep school as safe as possible.  We are working around the clock to comply with Covid requirements and blended learning for students who are affected by restrictions.  We are working closely with Public Health England and following their advice on a day by day basis.  There will be updates to follow, so please keep an eye out for those this weekend.  Please see important instructions regarding school buses (below). Thank you for your support – together we make a great team!

Important safety update regarding school buses:   
School transport providers have been asked to put seating plans in place on their buses.  It is absolutely essential that students stick to the seating plans, sitting only sit in the seats they have been allocated.  In the case of a student testing positive for Covid, we will be able to know which other students have been sitting in close proximity, who will then be asked to self-isolate, helping to keep the rest of the school safe.  We would be grateful if parents could strongly reiterate this to students. 
Could we also remind students that masks must be worn whilst waiting for and whilst travelling on buses.  Students are encouraged to use the hand sanitizing solutions which are installed at the front of buses, as they get on and as they get off.  Thank you for your support.

House Music Update:  House Officials are very busy bringing together House Music, which will be in video form this year.  It is very important that all students keep checking their emails, checking Teams, and working to the published deadlines, in order that House Officials will have enough time to bring all the performances together in one performance video.  It is going to be a big challenge, so everyone needs to do their bit towards this very ambitious project to keep music alive at Pate’s, despite all the challenges!

Sixth Form Refectory News:  We have been working hard this week, improving our range of food available to sixth form students.  Hot food counters have now been situated in both areas.  We are now able to provide, chicken, sausage rolls, pasties and panini’s as well as a selection of sandwiches, salads, snacks and hot and cold drinks.
Our service for Y13 has moved from the sixth form centre to the Food Tech building, providing a much more spacious area to serve from. Entry is at the rear of the building and an outside seating area is available for use.
Both venues are open from 11.00am – 2pm.  Please come and check it out.  Whilst all staff are fully equipped with PPE, we do ask that customers wear face masks when purchasing food.  We hope to see you soon.  Mrs Greene, Refectory Manager

Reminder re Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Registration for Bronze (Year 9), Silver (Year 10) and Gold (16 years +) is now open, please be aware that the registration closes on 01 November 2020. You will be able to register on our website www.patesgsdofe.org where you will also find all the costs and dates for the training and expeditions. If you have any queries for Bronze Award applicants please contact James.Bastian@patesgs.org and Silver & Gold Award participants please contact Natalie.Berry@patesgs.org
Silver & Gold participants – It is really important that you start planning now, especially as the first Core Skills Training weekend is on 10 & 11 October. There are only 3 training weekends and each of these have a limited number of spaces which will be allocated on a first come first served basis! You will find all the details on the website www.patesdofe.org
Canada 2021 – There are spaces still available for this incredible trip and it is open to all Year 11 students and upwards, not just the DofE Gold participants. You will find further details and also videos of previous trips at https://www.patesgsdofe.org/overseas-expeditions

Economics Daily – set up by Pate’s Alumni: At the start of the year Mr Johnson and Ms Fey were recommending to their A level Economics students that they should follow an amazingly useful Instagram site called Economics.daily that they had discovered. Imagine their surprise when they received an email from Riya Wadwa (class of 2019) and Divya Cherian (class of 2020) telling them about the economics site they had founded in lockdown called… Economics.daily! Both are due to go up to Oxford University soon and we are so proud of their achievements. See email below.

“We are very excited to share the launch of Economics Daily – a student-led initiative, aimed at increasing accessibility and engagement with economic, financial and political affairs.  During our school years, we found reading economics news to be a stressful, expensive and time-consuming experience. Most quality news sources are paywalled, making finding context for A-level essays into a costly endeavour. Articles are filled with jargon, meaning there is no incentive for dedicating valuable time to read them. As a team of university students, we set out to solve this.

Economics Daily successfully combats these issues, by making rigorous economic analysis accessible to all. It is a free resource, available on Instagram (@economics.daily), providing daily updates and opinion articles on topical issues. With appealing graphics, the articles are concisely written in simple language, yet fully analysed and evaluated. Hosting Economics Daily on Instagram gives students the unique opportunity to engage in debates with their peers and the writers in the comments section. Most importantly, it can be accessed from the comfort of their Instagram feed.

We would be delighted if you could find time to explore our page, and hope that you can also share it with your students. Having gained 16000 followers in only five months, Economics Daily is growing fast, and we are looking forward to helping even more students.  https://www.instagram.com/economics.daily/

All of the writers for Economics Daily are studying Economics (or joint honours) at Oxbridge, LSE or UCL, and we are very happy to answer any questions that your students may have – whether these are questions on the Oxbridge admissions process, or what further study in economics entails, they are welcome to direct message us on Instagram or LinkedIn. We very much look forward to hearing from you and your students.  Riya Wadhwa, The Economics Daily Team

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/economics.daily/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/economics-daily/

And continuing from last term, as promised, here are the Photography Competition Winners in the ‘Birds and Other Creatures’ category

Russel Ellicott
Head Master