Head Master’s Message 3rd April 2020


  • Fundraising M£M Update
  • PA Update – Spring Fair raised £11,580!
  • T-Shirt Design Competition – ‘I Am Me’ children’s app
  • Pate’s is officially carbon-neutral – the first school in the country!
  • Pate’s Success in the Stock Market Trading Challenge
  • School Transport Update – new Marchants pick-up
  • Y11 & Y13 group photos
  • This week’s photos

Fundraising update for Making £nds Meet

Even though school life at Pate’s has been put ‘on hold’ temporarily, we still felt it was important to keep you up to date with how our Making £nds Meet appeal is progressing. The great news is that as of the end of March 2020, our total now stands at £101,829.

This is an amazing achievement and I’d like to thank everyone who has already donated towards our 19/20 Goal – we are fortunate to have such a wonderful Pate’s community supporting our students’ education.

Thank you and take care.

Parents’ Association Update

Some great news! The Spring Fair raised a fantastic £11,580!!! Thank you to everyone involved in making it such a success and the actual event so enjoyable. Your generosity now means that as soon as we are all back at school, the PA will be able to buy much needed supplies for the PE department and also fund the School Council’s school improvement ideas. We look forward to sharing news of the purchases with you as soon as we can!

There is still time to ask your employer if they are able to match fund this event – the PA is a registered charity (registered charity number 298307) and company match funding really can make a significant contribution to our fundraising totals.  Thank you to those parents who are already supporting in this way.  Please contact our dedicated PA match funding expert for further information PAMatch@patesgs.org

With school closed, we are unable to raise any more money this year through supporting school events. However, one way we can still help the school financially is through shopping!  With so many of us having to turn to on-line shopping during this period, please remember to useSmileAmazon when you are shopping on Amazon at https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/298307-0 and donations will be made to Pate’s Grammar School Parents’ Association on eligible purchases – at no cost to you. Thank you.

T SHIRT DESIGN COMPETITION:  This competition has been launched by ‘I Am Me’, whose founder, Claire Libby, has been working with a team of Pate’s students to find creative ways to promote this positive social media platform for young people.  The judges named so far are: 

  • British fashion designer Maria Grachvogel (whose clients include Emma Thompson, Scarlett Johansson, Angelina Jolie, and Victoria Beckham);
  • Ethical and sustainable jewellery designer Alex Monroe (whose creative collaborations have included Nike, Buckingham Palace and Disney and whose jewellery has been featured on the cover of Vogue and worn by the likes of Sophie Dahl, Emma Watson, Sienna Miller and Jodie Whittaker).

The I Am Me team is very keen to see what Pate’s students will come up with!

Please do check out the I Am Me app and Instagram – it is designed by young people and full of reassurance, positivity and expert advice videos on many subjects which affect young people.  It is a genuine force for good and a safe platform which aims to empower and inspire young people.  We are so pleased to be working with I Am Me social  media – now would be a great time to check it out: https://www.iammeapp.com/ .

Pate’s is the first school in the country to be officially recognised as ‘carbon neutral’!  We (the charity team) decided that the funds raised at our recent charity day would be directed towards making the school carbon neutral and providing safe drinking water in Guatemala (details here).  As well as being an incredible day (with some great singing!) the pupils raised a fantastic £1,600. The eco-society had already calculated the carbon footprint of the school to be 379.399 tonnes and with the help of Natural Capital Partners, experts in the delivery of solutions for positive impact on carbon, renewable energy, biodiversity and water, we were able to purchase the equivalent quantity of carbon offsets. This is an outstanding achievement and we believe that it puts Pate’s in a league of its own as the UK’s only carbon neutral state school.”Coco Heppner (Eco-Society).  This is such an admirable achievement on many levels, and a wonderful legacy for these sixth formers to have passed on.  I hope we will be able to follow your example and keep school carbon neutral in the years to come.  Congratulations and THANK YOU to Coco Heppner, Flo Lazenby and Sophia Spreckley (Eco-Society) and to fundraisers Robin Cherry, Maddie Dalgleish, Seren Evans, Charlotte Foote, Hannah Hughes, Meg Matthews, Inca Padfield and Annie Scott.  

More good news:   Congratulations to ‘Supreme Investors 1‘, a team of 4 four investors from Y10 consisting of: Raj Gadepalli, Aryan Ganesan, Hrishikesh Peringathara and Aatreya Sugur, who have just finished 20th out of over 6000 teams from schools and colleges across the country, in this year’s stock market trading challenge for Economics and Business students. What makes their achievement especially impressive is the fact that the majority of teams are Year 11-13 students. Two other teams from Pate’s also made the national semi-final and finished in the top 100. Very well done to Manu Atreya, Casper David, Aakash Esa and Prashaun Fernando (Y10), and James Brownlie, Will Foster, Rish Fulmali and Kishan Johal (Y12).

School Transport Update:  Marchants have just announced that they will be running a new service to Pate’s, using their existing M13 (which goes via PE Way to Denmark Rd School & Sir Thomas Rich’s).  The M13 route will in future include a bus stop on Princess Elizabeth Way, specifically for Pate’s pupils.  (This is largely due to Enright’s service no longer picking up in Winchcombe, as from September 2020.)  This may be of interest to families living around Alderton, Winchcombe, Southam, Prestbury, Wymans Brook, Kingsditch areas.

How lucky we were to have already taken our Y11 and Y13 group photos before the virus hit – and they are great! Unfortunately, you are unable to access them online at present as the company is temporarily closed due to the virus.  Mrs Adams will be in touch to give you the necessary code and password once the photos are available – something to look forward to!

Thank you for keeping in touch and posting your photos and videos on Teams!  Here are some photos taken by staff this week (Mr Woodsford’s dog is exhausted!)

Remember students can post on the ‘Coronavirus Creative’ file in Teams (‘All Students’) – thanks for posting your poetry, play scripts and films.  Great!   Please continue!

@Pates_art Instagram: Here are some of the daily creative challenges posted by our Art Department:

I would like to send my best wishes to you for Easter and to reiterate my thanks to all families and staff for your support and stoicism over the last few weeks.  I hope you enjoy the holidays, despite such difficult times, and please do look after yourselves.

Russel Ellicott
Head Master