Pate’s Grammar School

Name Pate’s Grammar School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 25 April 2013
Address Princess Elizabeth Way, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 0HG
Phone Number 01242523169
Type Academy
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1102 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.1
Academy Sponsor Pate's Grammar School
Local Authority Gloucestershire
Percentage Free School Meals 1%
Percentage English is Not First Language 6.9%
Persisitent Absence 4.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 4.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

Pate’s Grammar School is an average-sized secondary school. Students come from over 70 primary schools across the county. Intake is selective and students take an examination for entry. The predecessor school converted to academy status in December 2010. The school was judged to be outstanding at its last inspection in February 2009. Most students are of White British heritage. The proportion of students who are from minority ethnic backgrounds and the proportion who speak English as an additional language are both below average. The proportion of students eligible for the pupil premium is significantly below the national average. This is additional government funding to support students known to be eligible for free school meals, those in local authority care and students with a parent or carer in the armed forces. The proportion of students with a statement of special educational needs is significantly below average and the proportion of those with special educational needs supported at school action and school action plus is below average. The proportion of disabled students is below average. No students attend alternative provision. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school provides training and support for other schools across the county, including Gloucestershire’s Virtual School, which provides support for children in care of the local authority. The headteacher works closely with the local primary schools.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Students’ achievement is outstanding. They make exceptional progress during their time at the school in all subjects, including English and mathematics. The quality of teaching is outstanding. This results in students making exceptional progress in lessons, including in the sixth form. The leadership and management of the academy, at all levels, are outstanding. The headteacher has an ambitious vision for the highest levels of achievement and personal development for all students. Leaders at all levels share a commitment to outstanding outcomes for all students, including those with special educational needs. The governing body is highly effective. It is engaged in all aspects of the life of the academy. Governors hold the academy to account for standards, progress for all students and their personal development. Students’ behaviour both in lessons and around the school is exemplary. They show high levels of maturity and are eager to learn. The sixth form is outstanding. Students achieve exceptionally well in all subjects.