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How We Spend the Funds:

Academic Year 20-21

Payments to School 

£10,000 including Covid-19 support

£10,000 including Covid-19 support: items purchases included Dynabook laptops; Aero Blade badminton rackets; USB wide angle web cams; The Medic Portal access for students applying for medicine; MMI Circuit 2020; whiteboards, markers and erasers; safety goggles; Zippa bags and wallets.

£10,000 – PE Department

The Spring Fair in March 2020 was our last event before the country went into lockdown.  The array of wonderful stalls and the competitive sporty games run by the PE department satisfied the many visitors and the paperless raffle proved the winner by raising £6,000!  We are very happy to support the PE department with this donation - purchases made will be long lasting and will benefit every student in their PE and Games lessons.

Academic Year 19-20

Payments to School Autumn Term

IT equipment for E104 £14,000

The IT provision in E104 has been upgraded with 32 new computers, allowing IT teaching in all four of the teaching rooms in E-block. This will be a real benefit to both staff and students.

Pupil Planners £2,200

Every year we fund the school planners which we hope go some way to helping the students keep on track with their busy school lives.

All profit made by the PA goes towards the Making £nds Meet campaign. We are currently deciding in conjunction with the school, including proposals from the School Council (who we are always very keen to support), how best to spend PA funds to buy additional resources for the school.

Academic Year 18-19

The headline figure is the phenomenal profit of £43,728 (this includes the total from the PA accounts, plus other donations sent directly to the school account in our name: £1,791 donated via School Comms by parents wishing to support the Fairs, plus £350 in reclaimed Gift Aid).  Every penny of this has gone, or will be going, into the school’s crucial Making £nds Meet fund.

In total we donated £39,725 to Pate’s in 2018/19.  The largest chunk of this (just over £23,000) was spent refitting an entire IT lab principally used by the Languages department, but we also covered the Languages departmental budgets for the year, spent £5,000 on some very fancy new microscopes for Biology, provided planners for every student, and managed some quirkier donations as well: e.g. plants for the gardening club, a pair of canoes for OED and two “hydration stations” much desired by the school council!


As ever, we have been kept busy providing refreshments at the school’s many events.  Over the last school year there were 22 events or performances on the calendar where we were on hand with drinks, snacks and/or homemade cake - including a new foray into noodle soup and dumplings at the inaugural Pate’s Chinese New Year celebration.

In addition we raised money through our own PA events:  the Christmas Bazaar and Spring Fair are hugely successful fundraisers and very popular with the younger students, the Christmas Quiz was a sell-out as ever, and Back to School day in the summer was hugely enjoyed by two classes of rather mature students.

Other fundraisers

I should also mention a few other activities that contribute significantly to our fundraising each year:

  • The second hand uniform service contributed over £2,300 to our profits this year (including takings at the two fairs) and is so much appreciated by parents
  • The 100 Club, for those of us who like a flutter, contributed over £4,500
  • Hampers, which are filled entirely by donations and raffled at the main school events, contributed just under £5,000 of the total

Academic Year 17-18

The headline figure for 17-18 is the phenomenal profit of £37,827 (plus £150 donated directly to school) made in the 12 months to July. Every penny of this has gone, or will be going, into the school’s crucial Making £nds Meet fund or on providing furniture and IT for the impressive new 6th Form Block

We donated an astonishing £52,328 to school in 2017/18 following liaison with Stephen Locke (Bursar) and Shirley Park (from the Development Office).

In October we donated £12,500 which bought 54 much-needed chairs and nine tables for the refectory, a host of online subscriptions and the much enjoyed UKMT challenges entry fees for our brilliant mathematicians, planners for every student in the school and a wee top up of £57 towards a special art gun we bought last summer.

We then heard that the Humanities departments were in dire need of some simple but effective support. We spent a total of £1,314.96 on books for History, digital text books for Politics, revision webinars for Geography and yoga mats for the PTE department.

Our phenomenally successful Spring Fair in March raised all the funds (plus some!) needed to support our cherished performing arts departments, Music and Drama. First off when we heard there were no music chairs available for left-handed students we immediately purchased six of them for £174.95. We were then able to purchase a beautiful piano for £3,400, 15 electronic keyboards and Sibelius licenses for £3,520, and then a lighting desk and snazzy lights for Performing Arts at a cost of £2,918.

A wonderful example of school and the PA working brilliantly together was when Mr Locke heard that there was a spotless second-hand mini-bus on sale at a local primary school. We knew School needed another but hadn’t dared think we could afford it but at a great price of £3,500 we pounced and within weeks it was ours, sporting our logo, and on the road ferrying students here, there and everywhere.

Our biggest contribution this year has been an astonishing £25,000 towards the new Sixth Form Block. Whilst a government grant covered the actual build, there was no financial support for IT, furniture, books, supplies etc. When the building was officially opened at the end of 2018, the Parents’ Association input was apparent to all on the ground floor where we have bought furniture and IT.

Previous Donations

My Maths Subscriptions - £1,269, Maths Challenge Entries £624 Not surprisingly in the least, Maths remains a highly subscribed subject at Pate's and, like every other department, has limited resources. The PA have recently contributed to essential online study subscriptions and competition entry fees for this department. Student Council Requests - £2,240 We are always keen to support the Student Council and regularly ask them what they feel, as representatives of all our children, is needed. This year they suggested a new bike rack for the increasing number of students cycling to school, and four outdoor picnic benches for outside the sixth form area. These are all now in place. We eagerly await their next shopping list.


To cope with a growing number of remote users and to maintain a smooth and reliable user experience for staff, students and parents, an additional server unit was deemed necessary. The PA committed its main fund raising event, the Spring Fair, to generate this considerable sum. We cracked it! On top of this we donated £1,915 for much needed licenses.

IT SUITE - £13,900

The refit provided for 33 new workstations in Room E106. The new computers are faster, smaller, more energy-efficient and easier to manage with much more capacity for modern programmes and multimedia.

P.E MATS - £1,600

A good number of the old P.E mats were no longer fit for purpose. We were happy to support the purchase of a new set of high-quality mats for the P.E Department and see the old ones sent down for use in the shooting range.

BOOK BUZZ - £450

Each new Y7 student is given a book they have chosen from a list. The Book Buzz scheme then provides the school with two sets of these books for the library.


Every Pate’s student uses their daily planners throughout the year to log their homework and assignments. As part of Making £nds Meet this valuable resource will now continue.


As well as replacing and developing the fiction/non-fiction collection, the Library budget pays for a range of print books and magazines as well as online resources (available on Plato and accessible from home) to support students in both their academic studies and reading for pleasure. The library budget also covers: Daily Newspapers, Author visits, Requests to the British Library for articles/books and School Library Association membership.


2015/2016 School Planners for every student to log their homework and assignments.

TECH CREW - £700

This went towards new wireless spotlights for the Tech Crew to safely enhance productions and presentations in the hall. We particularly wanted to help buy these as the students had raised £560 themselves by producing and selling CDs and DVD's of school performances.


£1,575 was spent on a UV Light Box. This is being used by students studying photography. We have also donated £1,473 to buy 5 Panasonic cameras, 1 tripod, 2 tablets and a spotlight. These can be used by all year groups and will allow digital photography to flourish at Pate’s.

MINIBUS - £10,300


In November £10,000, specifically from the 100 Club profits, was donated to help the Annual Fund with some of its targets. Intelligent lighting was bought for the Hall which has already transformed school productions and assemblies. Remaining funds were towards a much-needed new minibus.


As part of the Annual Fund 2013 -14, the school was successful with a bid made to the Wolfson Foundation to enable the refurbishment and extension of one of the phyics labs. The very generous grant of £40,000 itself was not quite enough to enable to works to be carried out so it was with great delight that we stepped in to help at short notice, by donating a further £10,000. Further details are available here.                                                                    


Business Studies and Economics and the PE Department use the new Tatam block of classrooms which opened in September 2013. We are pleased to announce the donation of £8000 to fund a set of 20 iPads together with storage and charging trolley, TV screens and wifi points for use in the new facility. 


This donation has gone towards a portable sound system, atheletics vests and weights for the fitness room.


T he school has made huge strides in recent years in upgrading the IT structure, but there is more to do and, as with all IT, some of the equipment now needs to be replaced again. In Easter 2012 the Parent’s Association took great pleasure in donating £25,000 to fund the full cost of refurbishment of one of the IT classrooms. This ensures the technology continues to be fast and current, thus enhancing the education experience for all pupils across many subjects. The revamped classroom opened during the Summer Term 2012.


The PA was delighted to contribute £900 to enable the purchase of a new printing press by the Art Department, bringing the total in the school to three. It significantly improves the printing facilities as large scale items can now be printed. In addition queuing times are reduced for pupils.


From Summer 2012 many Pate’s students will benefit from ten new Flip Cams and memory cards costing £900, funded with your donations. The school already had three similar cameras which were used daily. The flip camera is simple to use and the film is easy to transfer to the computer. Students use them when working with the charity committee and when preparing assemblies. They are also used in lessons, filming assessments or practical work in areas as diverse as science and languages.

NEW MINIBUS - £14,000

The new Pate’s minibus arrived in Spring 2011, funded entirely by a £14,000 donation from the Parents’ Association. This is a great asset and it will serve our school for many years to come.  The purchase of the minibus was As a result this new minibus now has the opportunity to benefit every child in the school.


In 2011 the school has recently replaced its tired and ageing piano with a fantastic new one. The old piano was over 100 years old and served many talented pupils and staff well over the years. The music department ran a hugely successful campaign to raise funds for the £23,000 new piano and the PA were delighted to be able to give a donation of approximately £14,000 towards the cost of the new instrument. As a result, the music department were able to obtain a better model and much more quickly than had been anticipated. Once again your support has made a difference and will go on to benefit Pate’s students for many, many years to come.