Head Master’s End of Year Message 10th July 2020


  • Music Competition Results
  • Photography Competition Results
  • Staff Vacancy for German Foreign Language Assistant
  • Thank you to our Sponsors
  • Message from the Parents’ Assn
  • Making £nds Meet Update
  • Student Finance Webinar
  • Student News

I am grateful to Alex Chalk MP, who came into school today to talk to some of our Y10 and Y12 students about the Ofqual consultation regarding exams next year, in response to our lobbying him.  Let’s hope we can make a difference.  This term has been unprecedented and we have greatly appreciated your support and feedback.   It has been great to have Y10 and Y12s in school this week, and to see them together again, enjoying lessons, maybe kicking around a football or just chatting.  My thanks to all the staff, who have found new, creative ways of working, and reaching out to the students.  I would like to wish everyone a lovely summer, and look forward to welcoming everyone back, safe and well, in September.

Well done to everyone who submitted entries for this year’s music competition. It was even more of a celebration of music than ever, as we were able to include Years 11-13 on this occasion. Congratulations to those who were ‘placed’, and to everyone who took part.   The standard was very impressive. Don’t forget to stay musically fit over the summer keeping those muscles in good shape – as the saying goes – ‘use it or lose it’!  Ms Lane   Unfortunately, due to Schoolcomms software issues, we are unable to attach the winners’ details (to follow), but please listen to them –  click here to hear their entries.

Photography Competition Winners: After a lot of time thinking, and getting the opinion of the environmental committee, I am finally ready to announce the winners of this year’s competition.  There were so many amazing entries that I decided to break it down into 4 categories; Insects, flowers, birds and other creatures and landscapes, views/other. I then picked 2 joint runners up, and a winner in each category. Even this was hard to decide, so I have included some “special mentions” for other great entries in that category which deserved recognition.  I have then selected 3 joint overall winners. These were 3 people who I felt entered 3 outstanding photos, each offering something different.  There were many worthy entries and I am delighted that the competition has inspired so many students and staff to participate!  Well done to everyone.  I look forward to running this competition again next year hopefully!  Miss Rooksby  (Apologies, that we are unable to share the winning entries with you today due to Schoolcomms software issues.  We will publish them in September.)

Staff Vacancy for German Foreign Language Assistant (approximately 15 hrs per week) between October 5th 2020 – May 28th 2021:  The ideal candidate will be a native speaker of German, with a keen interest in youth culture, current affairs, film and literature and a strong feel for grammar. They may also already be familiar with the key topics we cover at A-Level, where we follow the AQA syllabus.  Main responsibilities are planning for one-to-one and pair work sessions with 6th formers predominantly, with the aim to improving pupils’ fluency, pronunciation, confidence, building vocabulary and inspiring a deeper interest in German and German-speaking culture. Helping us to support pupil assessment is also part and parcel of the varied role.  Please follow this link to our website for full details and how to apply.  The deadline for applications is midday on Friday 31st July.   Please email Mrs Attwood, Head of Languages, (here) if you have any queries or would like to discuss this further.

Thank you to our Sponsors:  

We would like to extend our thanks to all of those businesses who have so generously supported our school during this academic year.  Our wonderful house sponsors James Barry, Harrison Clark Rickerbys, Matriks, Richmond Villages (who we are sadly saying goodbye to) and Hazlewoods, who have all attended or contributed to house events with House Bakeoff perhaps being the sponsors favourite! Without their support our competitive house system would look very different and we are grateful for the opportunities that our students have because of their generosity.  Full details of our Sponsor companies will be published in September.  We apologise that we are unable to publish them today due to Schoolcomms issues.

Thank you also to Thomas Legal who have for a second year running, sponsored new athletics vests.  Worn by those competing in athletics meetings in Gloucestershire and the South-West, we very much hope to see some victories in this kit in 2021! We are truly grateful to them for their continued support of our sports teams – they also sponsor the 1st VII netball, senior girls hockey, 1st XV rugby and our junior football teams!

Finally, we would like to thank Brakes Foodservice for their sponsorship of our Cookery Outreach Programme.  Matt Walker, Brakes Area Sales Manager, frequently gave his time to assist Mrs Eaton in the cookery sessions for the three primary schools who were able to participate in the programme before lockdown.

The Pate’s Parents’ Association (PPA) have worked tirelessly over the years, fundraising for the Making £nds Meet campaign to help ensure that our students have the additional resources that they need during these financially challenging times. This year, with a new committee led by Anna Macey-Michael, they had some super-sized fundraising plans for the summer but lockdown got in the way!  However, since September, they have still managed to raise over £30,000 through running their own events, supporting school events and utilising various fundraising initiatives!  With this money, they have been able to finance the purchases of new computers, textbooks and student planners as well as supporting the School Council with purchases of a water fountain for the Sixth Form Centre and boot brush systems and a sports honours board for PE.  We warmly thank them for their commitment, energy and enthusiasm and look forward to working with them in September.

Final fundraising update for Making £nds Meet

Just before we reach the end of another academic year and our 2019/20 Goal, I wanted to let you know how our Making £nds Meet appeal has been progressing over the last few months.

The fantastic news is that we anticipate our end of year fundraising total in August will be around £180,000! I think you’ll agree this is an amazing achievement and I can’t thank you all enough for supporting our fundraising this year, we are so fortunate to have such a generous Pate’s community who are there supporting us, every step of the way.

Since its launch in April 2015, Making £nds Meet has now raised nearly £887,935 which is phenomenal! Many of you have played a huge part in this success by supporting us from day one, thank you, we simply couldn’t have achieved this without you.

Aimhigher Plus are hosting a free Student Finance webinar for Parents and Carers of Year 9-12 students. They’ll be discussing all the facts you need to know about the financial situation when a young person starts at University.  Please follow this link for further details. 

Well done to this group of students who organised and hosted a jazz evening earlier this year to raise £727 for charity: Gaurav, Sophia, Zac, Scarly, Mahek, James Dadd, Liv Saha, Paras and Sam Jones. After such a tumultuous first half of 2020, they decided to split their fundraising between 5 charities close to each of those who helped organise the event:   Winston’s Wish, Alzheimer’s Society, Sewa UK, The 267 Project, and International Rescue Committee.  Thanks to all those who supported the event or bought raffle tickets.  Thanks in particular to the Pate’s Big Band, and Dixie Band, and to Mr Esswood and Anthony Smith.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

Congratulations to Lily McDermott (Year 11), who took second place in a national short story competition for Year 10 and 11 students, for her story entitled ‘The Colourless Pill’.  Please follow this link to the Connell Guides website to see the prize winners of their Short Story Prize 2020. 

Once again, I would like to wish Pate’s families a lovely summer, and I look forward to seeing you again in September.

Russel Ellicott
Head Master