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  • Pate's Grammar School
    Princess Elizabeth Way
    GL51 0HG
  • Head: Russel Ellicott
  • T 01242 523169
  • F 01242 232775
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Gloucestershire
  • Pupils: 1,097; sixth formers: 456
  • Religion: None
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 26th April 2013
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 26th February 2009
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Masses of time for enrichment; Tuesday afternoons are generally free for extracurricular activities, most of which are sixth form led. Pate’s is not exactly set in rolling parkland – it’s at the less glamorous end of Cheltenham and perimeter fences make the initial impression somewhat forbidding. Pupils remark on the helpfulness and availability of staff, and staff speak very well of the students - but no-one comes to Pate's without an enthusiasm for learning. The school takes the opinions of its students seriously - members of the student council sit as associate governors...

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Mathematics (Further) at an English Grammar School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Economics at an English Grammar School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Economics at an English Grammar School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking German at an English Grammar School (GCE A level)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Chemistry at an English Grammar School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking German at an English Grammar School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Additional Mathematics FSMQ at an English Grammar School (Free standing Maths Qual Level 3)

School associations

State grammar school




What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2012, Mr Russel Ellicott BA. Read history at Royal Holloway and then completed his PGCE, became a teacher of history and PE first at The Crypt School in Gloucester, then at Marling School in Stroud before moving to Pate's in 2007 as deputy head. Married with two children. Teaches GCSE history. Passionate about cricket - and had carefully selected his headmaster’s XI for the Cricket Festival in the week that we were visiting.

Friendly, direct and effective. Doesn’t appear to be a man to thrust himself into the limelight - a careful, analytical listener who interrogates assumptions. Enthusiastic, organised and strategic. Keen to turn the school more 'outward', to be a 'magpie' of best practice in other schools and to go 'beyond outstanding'.

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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