Pate's Grammar School
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Pate's Grammar School is a grammar school with academy status in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. It caters for pupils aged 11 to 18 and is a Beacon school. The school was founded with a fund bestowed to Corpus Christi College, Oxford by Richard Pate in 1574. The school became co-educational in 1986, when Pate's Grammar School for Girls merged with Cheltenham Grammar School.
|Pate's Grammar School|
Princess Elizabeth Way
|Motto||Latin: Patebit tum quod Latuit|
English: That which is hidden shall be revealed
|Department for Education URN||136353 Tables|
|Head teacher||Russel Ellicott|
|Staff||87 teaching, 35 support|
|Age||11 to 18|
|Colour(s)||Black, grey, white, red|
The Grammar School Gazette
At GCSE level in 2004, 100% of pupils entered earned five A* to C grades, and the school came twelfth in the BBC table of performance in A-/AS-Level. Again in 2005, 100% of pupils earned five A* to C grades at GCSE, and in 2006, 100% of pupils passed in at least seven subjects with grades A* to C. In 2008, more A* grades were achieved collectively than any other grade put together at GCSE level.
In 2012 The Sunday Times ranked Pate's as the fourth best state secondary school in the United Kingdom. It was also awarded with State ‘Secondary School of the Year’.
The senior rugby team was coached by ex-England scrum-half Peter Kingston until his retirement in 2009. In 2007 Pate's senior rugby teams completed a season unbeaten for the first time in 21 years.
The Old Patesians club has grounds and a clubhouse in Leckhampton, which was built when their previous premises were demolished to make way for Cheltenham's tallest building, Eagle House.
The school has a school council; the team of pupils and sixth formers from across the school is intended to help the students enjoy their time at Pate's more beneficially and give them a voice in school affairs.
The school competes in the Young Enterprise competition held amongst schools nationwide. In 2007, it reached the national finals for the Make Your Mark Enterprise Challenge held in London. The school was also named as one of the four winners of the annual BBC School's Question Time competition in 2009. During the 1970s the school were winners of the BBC radio show Top of the Form.
Pate's is also involved with charity work and has a Charity Committee appointed each year; in 2007–2008, over £16,000 was raised. The school is situated in a deprived area of Cheltenham and under the headmaster Richard Kemp deprived students were encouraged to apply.
The current headmaster is Russel Ellicott, who took over from Shaun Fenton in September 2012.
The boys school was established in 1586. The Gothic premises in the High Street were demolished in 1967 to make way for a concrete supermarket, at a time when many other historic buildings, which would now be listed and protected, were also lost. The school playing field existed quite remote from the school in Hesters Way, and a replacement school was built there, after the boundaries had been altered to make way for the Princess Elizabeth Way and Coronation Square council developments. The majority of pupils lived in more affluent areas on the opposite side of the town and needed to commute by public transport. The building was designed by architects who had won awards for New Hall College Cambridge, but its appearance was not popular, it incorporated various impractical features, and developed structural problems. It was demolished in the 1990s and replaced by an adjacent new building. During this period the school somehow lost its nomanclature with Richard Pate, and his name instead became associated with the girl's school at Pittville
The school raised funds in order to complete new fitness facilities. The £50,000 fitness suite was officially opened by Geoff Hurst in April 2010.
In summer 2012, Pate's Grammar completed the construction of a new refectory, costing £1.75 million. This also involved upgrading the school canteen to a cashless catering system operated by sQuid. It was opened by the Duke of Gloucester on 5 October 2012. Plans have been announced for a new sixth form block to be built and completed summer 2019.
In 2013, a new school block was opened named 'The George and Eve Tatam Block', after alumni who also sponsor higher level study at the Corpus Christi College of both Oxford and Cambridge.
In spring 2019, a new sixth form block opened following a grant received in 2017. The three-storey building comprises study spaces and IT facilities on the lower two floors, whilst the upper floor houses the senior library. The building links directly to the George and Eve Tatum Block next to which it is constructed.
Former headmasters and headmistressesEdit
Pate's Grammar SchoolEdit
- 2012–Present: Russel Ellicott
- 2006–2012: Shaun Fenton
- 2000–2006: Richard Kemp
- 1986–1999: David J. Barnes
Cheltenham Grammar SchoolEdit
- 1983–1986: P.J. Bamford
- 1971–1983: Bernard Wilkinson
- 1952–1971: Dr Arthur E. Bell
- 1937–1952: Geoffrey Heawood
- 1918–1937: R.R. Dobson
- 1882–1906: John Style
- 1868–1882: Henry Martyn Jeffery, FRS
- 1859–1868: Henry Hayman
- 1852–1859: Dr Edward Rupert Humphreys
Pate's Grammar School for GirlsEdit
- 1982–1986: J. Whiting (Acting Head)
- 1971–1982: Mary M. Moon
- 1970-1971: Jean O Huddlestone (Acting Head)
- 1952–1970: Margaret E. Lambrick
- 1946–1952: Dame Margaret Miles
- 1934–1946: Muriel Jennings
- 1911–1934: Anita N. Miles
- 1905–1911: Helen Headley
Notable former pupilsEdit
Pate's Grammar SchoolEdit
- Ben Chacko, Editor since 2014 of the Morning Star
- Sian Berry, Green Party Leader in the London Assembly
- Matt Smith, professional footballer 
- Sue Limb, novelist
Cheltenham Grammar SchoolEdit
- Adrian Bailey, Labour MP since 2000 for West Bromwich West
- Sir Benjamin Baker KCB KCMG FRS FRSE, engineer of the Forth Bridge.
- Rt Rev Ernest Blackie, Bishop of Grimsby from 1935 to 1937
- Tony Christopher, Baron Christopher, general secretary from 1976 to 1988 of the Inland Revenue Staff Federation
- Rear Admiral John Clink, Flag Officer Sea Training since 2015
- Prof William Henry Corfield who revolutionised hygiene and household sanitation in Victorian England.
- Geoff Dyer, writer
- Kit Fine, philosopher
- Sir Frederick Handley Page CBE FRAeS, founder of the aircraft company Handley Page
- Gustav Holst, composer
- Prof Anthony Howe, Professor of Modern History since 2003 at UEA
- Gilbert Jessop, cricketer
- Prof Martin Hume Johnson, Professor of Reproductive Sciences from 1992-2012 at the University of Cambridge (Christ's College)
- Brian Jones, musician and founder of The Rolling Stones
- Piers Coleman, theoretical physicist, Professor of Physics Rutgers University.
- Sir Peter Lampl OBE, founder of the Sutton Trust
- Robert Lanchbury, Gloucestershire cricketer
- Philip Lane, composer
- Gordon Lewis CBE FREng, aeronautical engineer, and designer of the Olympus and Pegasus engines with Bristol Siddeley
- Dr Bob Parkinson, rocket engineer with British Aerospace, worked on HOTOL
- John Ringham, character actor
- John Roberts, Liberal MP from 1885–1906 for South Caernarfonshire, Eifion
- H. J. Round, scientist, played an important part in the discovery of light-emitting diodes
- Rex Tucker, TV director
- Sir Edgar Vaughan, Ambassador from 1960 to 1963 to Panama
- Desmond Wilcox, TV reporter, husband of Esther Rantzen
Pate's Grammar School for GirlsEdit
- Mary Honeyball, Labour MEP since 2000 for London
- Dame Felicity Lott, soprano
- Dame Lesley Rees, endocrinologist, professor of chemical endocrinology since 1978 at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
- Prof Fiona Sampson, poet, professor of poetry since 2013 at the University of Roehampton
- Anne Warner, professor of developmental biology at UCL, and director from 1999-2006 of UCL's Centre for Mathematics and Physics in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology
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- Excellence of physics department recognised, The Observer, 21 May 2006
- "The Times & The Sunday Times". TheTimes.co.uk. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
- 2009 student producers announced Archived 2009-04-14 at the Wayback Machine, BBC, 2 April 2009
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- Pate's Grammar School, official site
- Pate's Grammar School OED (Outdoor Education Department), official OED site
- Pate's Grammar School CCF (Combined Cadet Force), official CCF site