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The Richard Pate School, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Junior Department

7+ to 11 years - Year 3 to Year 6

There is a gradual increase in specialist teaching as children progress through the Junior Department; the needs and capabilities of the individual are always the prime consideration. Nevertheless, we are in pursuit of academic excellence and children are expected to do homework each week and over weekends. We expect parents to create the right environment in which homework can be done. Learning support is provided for children experiencing difficulties with their work.

There are two Deputy Heads, who oversee academic progress and pastoral welfare, and every class has a class-teacher to whom the children can directly relate.

“The personal development of the pupils is outstanding and supported by the excellent pastoral care and effective welfare, health and safety procedures. Pupils are valued and, in an atmosphere of mutual respect, they develop high levels of social and moral awareness. As individuals they make a considerable contribution to the life of the school through the support and friendship they offer each other.”

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Subjects are taught with regard to the national curriculum and 11+ Common Entrance and scholarship to independent schools. Furthermore, children are thoroughly prepared for the entrance tests to grammar schools.


Subjects taught:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Computing
  • History
  • Geography
  • Religious Education
  • French
  • Latin (optional in year 5)
  • Design and Technology
  • Speech and Drama
  • Physical Education
  • Art
  • Music
  • PSHE and Citizenship


“Pupils are articulate, fluent and often able to respond to demanding questions thereby extending their knowledge and understanding. Extended writing skills are exceptionally well developed, notably in English and humanities for descriptive and imaginative writing.”

ISI Inspection Report