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  • Pate's Grammar School
    Princess Elizabeth Way
    GL51 0HG
  • Head: Russel Ellicott
  • T 01242 523169
  • F 01242 232775
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Gloucestershire
  • Pupils: 1,215; sixth formers: 224 boys; 244 girls
  • Religion: None
  • Open days: Thursday 9th September 2021 Open Day / Wednesday 6th October 2021 Open Evening / Tuesday 25th January 2022 6th Form Open Evening
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 30th November -0001
  • 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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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2012, Russel Ellicott BA, previously deputy head. Originally from East Anglia, Ellicott studied history at Royal Holloway before completing teacher training in Hull. Taught history and PE at local grammar schools, The Crypt and Marling, then moved onto Pate's in 2008. Chair of the Grammar Schools Heads Association, he loves sport and will play or watch anything with a ball. With little time to teach, he serves in the refectory as much as possible because ‘being with pupils is what I signed up for when I went into teaching.’ Married with two children.

High praise from parents: ‘The headteacher is quietly strong, an innovator, not frightened to break the education mould, a great leader and communicator.’ He knows his pupils and their families well and is proud of his school,...

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Who goes where

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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