WELCOME FROM THE PATE'S PARENTS' ASSOCIATION!

The Pate’s Parents’ Association is led by a committee of eight parents elected at the Annual General Meeting every October to keep the PPA on the move.  Pate’s parents are automatically members of the PPA, a registered charity.  

Our aim is to do what we can to support the school, particularly at this current time of serious financial uncertainty. This is currently done by contributing to the school’s funding appeal Pate’s Giving to allow us to buy additional resources for the school; most recently we were thrilled to be able to donate £25,000 to the school to help fund the creation of a fabulous new science lab as well as £3,000 to the School Council for items chosen by students for students.  

We aim to keep parents well informed of our fundraising activities and try to make it as easy as possible for everyone to participate in meetings, volunteer help or come and support the many school events which run throughout the year. Details about our activities are sent out via the weekly Head Master’s Message or by email. We enjoy a close relationship with Pate’s parents and encourage anyone with ideas or messages of support to contact us – we’d love to hear from you! 

We welcome parents to attend our committee meetings which take place once every half term. Our next meeting is on Tuesday 10th January 7 pm – 8 pm in the Bungalow next to the OED carpark. Please register your interest in coming along by emailing the PPA Secretary PASecretary@patesgs.org Please click on the buttons below to read the minutes from our September meeting, the 2021 AGM and the Chair’s Report for the academic year 2021-2022 

PPA Chair’s Annual Report 2022

MEET OUR 2022-2023 TEAM

It’s been a busy few months for the Pate’s PA. After a delayed AGM in November 2022, the new committee has spent the last few weeks getting to know each other, supporting school activities and planning a number of events for 2023.  

PPA Chair – Fiona Crouch PAChair@patesgs.org 

PPA Vice Chair – Aidan Stevens PAVice@patesgs.org  

PPA Secretary – Libby Flackett PASecretary@patesgs.org  

PPA Treasurer – Helen Divett PATreasurer@patesgs.org  

PPA Stock – Nirav Mithani PAStock@patesgs.org  

PPA Uniform – Emma Brazier assisted by Chloe Murphy PAUniform@patesgs.org  

PPA 100 Club – Rachel Webb PA100club@patesgs.org 

PPA Volunteers – Emma Smith PAVolunteers@patesg.org  

The committee is supported by several members of Pate’s staff: 

Stephen Locke – Bursar 

Bethan Morgan – Assistant Head 

Sarah Cartwright – Development Office 

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES

The money raised through PPA fundraising activities – including refreshments – has played a crucial part in the success of the school’s fundraising campaigns over the years and it continues to directly help Pate’s operate as it always has done. There are many projects around the school which have been supported by the PPA including the new Science Lab, IT rooms and the Sixth Form Centre, all of which are appreciated by staff and students on a daily basis. 

Volunteer to Help at School and PPA Events 

Volunteering could be as simple as sparing a half hour or so to serve drinks at an event or just by sharing ideas or skills. The refreshment service we provide is a key fundraiser plus it is a very welcome and popular service to offer parents and guests attending everything from quizzes to concerts. Volunteering at events is a great way to meet other parents and we are always keen to grow our pool of volunteers – we love supporting school events but rely on having enough volunteers to do this, perhaps you can help? Please email PAVolunteers@patesgs.org if you would like to be contacted regarding volunteering opportunities for the future – we’d love to hear from you! 

Nearly New Uniform Shop 

The PPA runs a highly valued Nearly New Uniform Shop situated in a portacabin next to Food Tech and OED. It is open during term time on selected Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings throughout the year.

Saturday 28th January 10am- 12 midday.
Friday 10th Feb 2-4pm
Saturday 4th March 10am- 12 midday
Friday 24th March 2-4pm

 Donations of clean, good quality, second-hand uniform and sports equipment are always much appreciated. When the time comes that items have been outgrown then do consider passing them on to be sold in our shop. Items can be handed into the blue bins marked ‘Uniform Donations’ found in the Student Entrance at school or bring them with you if you visit the shop.  

Shop Online  

Shop at Amazon Smile 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. When users shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation contributes 0.5 percent of the net purchase price of eligible purchases to the charity of your choice. Purchases do need to be made through AmazonSmile and not amazon.co.uk or the Amazon app in order for donations to be made. Amazon.co.uk and Amazon app account holders continue to use the same account when using AmazonSmile so all account settings remain the same.  

Shop with Easyfundraising http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/patesgs/ to register and shop with over 2000 well known retailers like Amazon, John Lewis, Argos, M&S, Boden, eBay and many more. Whenever you buy something, the retailer makes a donation to Pate’s Grammar School. You can even save money with special offers and voucher codes!  

You can also raise money for the school simply by using Easysearch instead of Google or any other search engine. We’ve given Pate’s Grammar School, Cheltenham its own search page.  St it as your homepage; use it every time you search the web and watch funds to Pate’s mount up – see http://patesgs.easysearch.org.uk 

Matchfunding  

At any of our fundraising events, online or in person, monies raised can be substantially boosted by employers who can match fund the event as part of their Match Funding scheme. We would be really grateful if you could ask your employer if they are willing to support this. For further information please email PAMatch@patesgs.org  

JOIN OUR 100 CLUB

The Pate’s 100 Club is a valuable fundraiser and one we hope you will join. There is a monthly draw for £100 with a bonus Super Draw of £1,000 in June! The cost of a share is £5 per month, payable over a twelve month period on the first day of the month. As there is no start or finish date you can join anytime. For information on purchasing a share (s) and Club rules please contact PA100club@patesgs.org  

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

PPA Spring Quiz Saturday 4th February 2023, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm, Pate’s Refectory
Please email PATickets@patesgs.org to reserve a place for your team (£36 per team of up to 6 people)