Head Master’s Message 21 January 2022

NB: Reminder that school finishes early on Tuesday 25th January at 2pm (buses will arrive early).  Please note that there will be no lunchtime Refectory service on this day.

The School Immunisation Team will be visiting next week to administer the Nasal Flu Vaccinations for Years 7 to 11. The team will be vaccinating Years 9 & 10 on Wednesday 26th January, Years 7 & 11 on Thursday 27th and Year 8 on Friday 28th.


  • Marking Holocaust Memorial Day
  • Sixth Form Open Evening Tues 25th Jan @ 4pm for Y11 students
  • PPA Quiz – 4th February – Booking now open
  • Lunar New Year Celebration – Sun 6th February 12-3PM – TICKETS ON SALE NEXT WEEK
  • Instrumental Concert Wed 16 Feb @ 7pm – tickets available here
  • Nearly New School Uniform Shop open this weekend – Sat 22 Jan 10am-12noon
  • Open Mornings for Y5 – places available to book here
  • Staff Vacancies
  • National Translation Competition
  • Reminder re Bad Weather Disruption
  • Calendar Update

Marking Holocaust Memorial Day

As a Holocaust Beacon School, we have been starting to mark Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) which takes place every year on 27 January (the day that Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated in 1945). The purpose of HMD is to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under the Nazi persecution of other groups and in genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Students are being encouraged to participate in HMD via a range of ways. The library has created a Holocaust Memorial Reading List and Reading Corner of Fiction and Non-Fiction books. Some Year 7 students have been reading Friedrich by Hans Richter in their English lessons. The History Department led a whole school assembly this morning about the meaning of Holocaust Memorial Day. We learn best about the Holocaust through the testimonies of survivors, and we have asked students to learn about Leon Greenman, a British Citizen and Holocaust Survivor who became an important Civil Rights Activist following his release from Auschwitz. We are asking students to enter the UCL Art Competition based around the theme of ‘One Day’ which changed Leon Greenman’s life. Entries should be handed into the History Department by Thursday 10th February. Please follow the link for further details. https://holocausteducation.org.uk/courses-events/apply-ioe-beacon-school/supporting-schools-to-mark-holocaust-memorial-day-2022/leon111/. Our Year 9s will be learning more about Leon during their History lessons. In addition to this,  we have created a Leon 111 ‘One Day in the future Tree of Hope Display’ in our school reception. This display and activity encourages students, parents and governors to learn about Leon Greenman and write messages of hope for a future with more toleration and inclusivity. The aim is to have 111 tags displayed on the tree to represent what would have been Leon Greenman’s 111th birthday this year.   Miranda Rawlinson and Rob Morton, History Department

Sixth Form Open Evening – Early Access for Pate’s Y11 Families:  We warmly invite all Pate’s Y11 students and their families to join this event early, at 4pm. Note that the general public are invited from 5pm. The first Head Master’s Talk is at 4pm. This is an additional talk to those publicised and has been put on especially for Pate’s students only.  After the Talk finishes, at approx 4.30pm, you will have access to the subject areas and sixth form block. This exclusive early access will help you avoid the crowds and help us to manage the event in a covid-sensitive way.   We look forward to welcoming you all on Tuesday!  Thank you.

It’s the long awaited return of the famous PPA Quiz, Friday 4th February 7 pm ‘til late in the Refectory (doors open at 6.30 pm). If you’d like take part please email PAtickets@patesgs.org to book your place and to arrange payment (£36 per table) – allocation on a first come, first served basis! This is a really fun evening with teams of up to 6 sharing their knowledge to try and win the varied quiz rounds. It’s also a chance to socialise, with teams bringing nibbles or even whole picnics (food only please) with the well-stocked PPA bar available all evening selling hot, soft and alcoholic drinks. Students are welcome to participate but please ensure that there is a parent at the event who will have responsibility. Proceeds from the evening will go towards the school’s fundraising campaign ‘Pate’s Giving’.

Instrumental Concert Wed 16th February @ 7pm (finish 9.15pm):  Please join us for our Instrumental Concert, which will feature all the orchestras, jazz bands, and other instrumental ensembles.  Our wonderful PPA will be running a bar and snack service, as usual.  A spectacular evening’s entertainment is guaranteed – join us if you can!   Tickets cost £6 and £4 for adults / children respectively, and are available to buy on our website – here.  Tickets will also be available to buy on the door.

PPA Nearly New Uniform Shop

The Nearly New Uniform Shop will be open this Saturday, 22nd January 2022 10-12  in the Bungalow to the left of the main entrance gates. We accept cash or card payments. Please ensure that you wear a face mask whilst you are in the shop – thank you.

We very much welcome any clean and tidy uniform donations brought along on the day. Including ODD socks! Donate any lone rugby/hockey socks you have cluttering up the drawer to the Nearly New – we’ll find them a new partner and a new home!

Shop opening dates for the Spring term 2022 can be found on the school website here

Open Mornings for Y5:  Open mornings are now available to book on 8th March and 21st March (here).  This is a wonderful opportunity to bring younger siblings preparing for the test to visit the school on a working day.  There will be a presentation and student-guided tour of the school.  Staff will be on hand to talk to you about the transition from primary school and about life at Pate’s.

3 Staff Vacancies:

Attendance & Reprographics Officer (Part time, term time only) Salary NJC pay scale 5 – 7 / starting on Point 6 (FTE £19,698pa) – pay rise pending  (Actual salary £11,312.56pa) 25 hours per week; Monday to Friday 9.00am to 2.00pm (flexible).  The Attendance & Reprographics Officer will have overall responsibility for monitoring pupil attendance in Year 7 to 11, and the efficient administration of reprographics on a day-to-day basis. There will also be some general admin duties undertaken as part of the front office Admin Team.  Please see our website for full details and how to apply (found on the school website here).  Please see the attached job description and person specification.  The closing Date for applications is Monday 31st January 2022 at 4.00pm.  Interview Date: Monday 7th February 2022


Teaching Assistant (term-time only) from September 2022.  Salary Details:   Point 6 on the NJC pay scale, FTE £19,698pa (actual salary is £14,808.96pa)   A Teaching Assistant is required for September 2022, to support a pupil with Special Educational Needs and general classroom duties.  Pate’s is looking for a Teaching Assistant for 32.5 Hours (Monday – Friday 8.40am-3.40pm), to join a team of enthusiastic support staff.  The position is temporary until the end of Term 6 (July 2023), with the possibility of the contract becoming permanent.  Please see our website for full details and application form.  If you would like to discuss the role further, please contact our Deputy Head, Andrew Jones by email in the first instance – ajones@patesgs.org.

Temporary Administrator (term time only) – 37 hours per week over 5 days.  Salary is
Point 6 on the NJC scale (Full time £20, 078).  We are looking for a skilled support professional with a good knowledge of administration and technology to join our team.  The employment contract is until July 2022, with the possibility of this becoming a permanent position.  Please follow this link for full details and how to apply – https://www.patesgs.org/temporary-administrator/.  The closing date for applications is Friday 28 January.

Do you speak more than one language? Celebrate it!   “Prismatic Jane Eyre” is a nationwide competition for school students to translate a passage from Jane Eyre into a poem in another language – either one you speak at home, or one that you’re learning at school.  Look out for an email from Mrs Attwood with details on how to enter. Up to 100 entries from across the UK will be selected for publication in a print anthology.   To find out more, visit https://prismaticjaneeyre.org/competition/

REMINDER RE BAD WEATHER DISRUPTION: Over the coming weeks it is possible that there could be severe disruption due to bad weather and that travel could be dangerous, or indeed school may need to be closed.  In the event of bad weather please CHECK THE PATE’S WEBSITE FOR UP TO DATE INFORMATION AT www.patesgs.org.  The website will be updated by 7am each day with a decision regarding school opening.   However, if you are in any doubt about the safety of your child’s route to school then please do not travel.   Where bad weather is forecast in advance, we will endeavour to warn parents the day before any closure.  You can also visit Gloucestershire County Council’s website for a list of school closures at https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/closures/ and there will be regular early morning bulletins broadcast on local radio stations (Heart 102.4FM, BBC Radio Gloucestershire 104.7FM).  We will endeavour to keep school open wherever possible, but, regardless of whether or not school is open, please only travel if you have a safe route to do so.

Calendar Update

  • Y13 Mock Exams & Study Leave 17-28 Jan
  • Sat 22 Jan, 10am til12 noon – Nearly New Uniform Sale (Bungalow)
  • Mon 24 Jan – Y11 Grade Cards
  • Tues 25 Jan – Sixth Form Open Evening 4pm talk for Y11s
  • Fri 4 Feb, 2-4pm – Nearly New Uniform Sale (Bungalow)
  • Fri 4 Feb @ 7pm – PPA Quiz Night (Refectory)
  • Sun 6 Feb, 12 noon until 3pm – Lunar New Year Celebrations TICKETS ON SALE NEXT WEEK
  • Tues 8 Feb, 11:30-15:40 – Y8-11 Swimming Gala
  • Wed 9 Feb, 4-7pm – Y9 Parents’ Evening (online)
  • Tues 15 Feb @ 11:15-15:40 – Y7, 12 & 13 Swimming Gala
  • Tues 15 Feb – Y10 Grade Cards
  • Wed 16 Feb – Instrumental Concert 7pm Tickets here
  • Thurs 17 Feb – Y13 Grade Cards
  • Fri 18 Feb – School finishes (15:40) for Half Term

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Russel Ellicott

Head Master