Why Pate’s

“Students speak very highly of the chances they are given to explore ideas.”

Ofsted Office for Standards in Education

“Pate’s was the only school that we felt had a buzz about it and that we came away from feeling genuinely excited.”

Pate’s Parent 2018

“The quality of relationships is marked by respect and good humour.”

Ofsted Office for Standards in Education

“There are few schools in England who can be considered its rivals.”

Alastair McCall The Sunday Times

“One word, Wonderful!”

Pate’s Student 2019

“Guidance and preparation for applications to Oxford and Cambridge is very thorough and the school offers its expertise in this area to other schools in the locality.”

Ofsted Office for Standards in Education

“Teachers get pupils really thinking about things, rather than just jumping through the hoops of the syllabus.”

Pate’s Parent 2019

“A-levels and GCSEs may have got tougher but the pupils at Pate’s have clearly accepted that challenge and met it head-on.”

Alastair McCall The Sunday Times

“A key factor in outstanding practice at Pate’s is the ownership of learning by students.”

Ofsted Office for Standards in Education

“The atmosphere of learning at Pate’s is so positive and I am overwhelmingly happy to attend each day.”

Pate’s Student 2018

Outstanding in every category:

  • Achievement of pupils – exceptional
  • Quality of teaching – inspirational
  • Behaviour and safety – exemplary
  • Leadership and management – ambitious.”
Ofsted Office for Standards in Education

“Pate’s is one of the highest-achieving state grammar schools in England.  Year after year its pupils return outstanding examination results.”

Alastair McCall The Sunday Times

World-Class Education

Pate’s Grammar School, since 1574, has a long-standing reputation for excellence and resides at the top of the UK national league tables for outstanding exam results.
In its most recent official inspection Pate’s was judged ‘outstanding’ in every category – achievement of pupils, quality of teaching, and leadership.
Our students go on to study at the highest calibre universities, in the UK and abroad.
Pate’s is an official UK national training school, training teachers and educational leaders ‘the Pate’s Way’.
Emphasis is placed upon the rewards of deep understanding of the subject, instilling a love of learning and its challenges.
Our aim is to cultivate in our students life-long skills of aspiration and resilience, setting challenging tasks and using appropriate praise to build pupil self-esteem.
We recognise the importance of metacognition and reflection and encourage students to use a wide range of thinking approaches.

Outstanding Success

Pate's has an enviable reputation for outstanding student outcomes.  Every year a remarkable number of students gain entry to Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Every year over 95% of Pate's students achieve entry to their first choice universities and courses.  Over 50% of Pate's students every year go onto study Science, Engineering or Mathematics at top universities.