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  • Pate's Grammar School
    Princess Elizabeth Way
    GL51 0HG
  • Head: Dr James Richardson
  • 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: 1,217; sixth formers: 471
  • Religion: None
  • Open days: October
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 25th April 2013
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Jumping through the hoops of the curriculum is quite simply an alien concept here and it suits these naturally curious and motivated students down to the ground. We watched teachers throw out a question to the class then step back and watch the debate unfold – ‘There’s always a chance to stray off topic,’ said our pupil guide. In other classes, pupils cross-examined the teacher – ‘again, common!’ smiled the pupil. House drama – just a couple of weeks away when we visited and on everyone’s lips - involves each house producing a performance, writing scripts, directing, managing, choreographing, the lot. Taking part and having fun is the only criterion, no…

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Since 2023, Dr James Richardson, previously director of education for Castle School Education Trust, which runs nine schools in Gloucestershire. A degree in politics from Sheffield and a PGCE from Oxford ushered in a career which has alternated between educational research and hands-on experience managing schools, including Redland Green in Bristol and Queen Elizabeth Academy in Warwickshire. He spent several years at the Educational Endowment Foundation researching the attainment gap for disadvantaged students while doing a PhD in public policy at Bristol.


Highly oversubscribed – about 10 candidates for each of the 150 year 7 places. Assessment via Durham University CEM test (register in June for test in September), with places offered to the 150 top scorers. Only exception is any child on pupil premium – if these applicants are ranked in the top 225,...

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Who came from where

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

Interpreting catchment maps

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Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

most years
quite often
sometimes, but not in this year

Who came from where

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