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The Richard Pate School, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Independent Prep School for boys and girls aged 3 - 11General Information

The Richard Pate School is an independent preparatory school for girls and boys aged 3-11.


There are approximately 300 pupils at the school.


Pupils can be admitted at any age, subject to the availability of places but most enter aged 3 or 7. The decision on whether or not to accept an external pupil into the Preparatory Department is taken after a preliminary visit.

External pupils wanting the Junior Department are required to take selective tests in March, at which time a limited number of 7+ scholarships may be awarded (full details from the School Administrator). Before any child can be considered for entry to the school, both parents must complete an application form and return it to the Headmaster together with the current registration and assessment fee. All prospective parents must accept that permission will not be granted for pupils to be ‘on holiday’ during term time.


The main items must be obtained from the Schoolblazer and children are expected to maintain a smart appearance at all times. More information about the unform can be found by clicking on the links below:

Parents operate a second-hand uniform shop which opens monthly.

Destination of Pupils

Pupils leave at age 11 and move on to a variety of schools, both state and independent. Many pupils wish to progress to grammar schools in Cheltenham or Gloucester, others favour local independent schools; occasionally, a child will progress to a boarding environment or join a comprehensive school. Children are thoroughly prepared, both academically and socially, for the secondary school ultimately chosen for them.

“In their response to the parent and pupil pre-inspection questionnaire, both parents and pupils were extremely positive about all aspects of school life. Parents particularly endorsed the wide-ranging curriculum, the pastoral help and the open communication with the school.”

ISI Inspection Report

Contact with Parents

Educating the young must be a team effort and we do value our contact with parents. The Teachers, the Heads of Department, the Deputies and Headmaster are more than willing to discuss any concerns. Each term, parents meet their child’s class-teacher. Parents are sent two main newsletters per term and a calendar of events. There is an active PTA which organizes numerous activities in support of the school.


The Headmaster of the Richard Pate School is Mr. Robert MacDonald M.Ed., B.A., who can be contacted at The Richard Pate School, Southern Road, Leckhampton, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 9RP.

Chairman of Governors

The Chairman of the Richard Pate School Committee is Mrs Jane Williams, who can be contacted at Chairman, Richard Pate School Committee, c/o The Richard Pate School, Southern Road, Leckhampton, Cheltenham GL53 9RP,  tel: 01242 522052, email:


We offer optional Personal Accident Insurance and a Fees Refund Scheme, the details of which can be found below:


E-Safety serves to raise awareness and understanding of the potential dangers and risks associated with the use of the Internet, mobile phones, tablets and game consoles etc. both in and beyond School. For more information and help please click on the link below:

Other Information

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