Cenotaph Parade November 2018

As you will know the Old Cryptians have been marching in the Cenotaph Parade for many years.

This year is the centenary of the end of WW1 and demand for tickets is expected to be heavy. If you would like to parade with us would you let me know as soon as possible.
I thoroughly recommend parading, it is a moving and uplifting experience!

Nino Pelopida

email: ninopelopida@btinternet.com
tel: 01722 324094

Royal British Legion



Old Cryptians’ Annual Golf Day

FIRST TEE  10.30am
Please arrive early for coffee and bacon rolls.
18  Hole Stableford followed by lunch and prozegiving
Please make every effort to join us in a memorable day – meeting old school pals and an enjoyable game of golf.  Guests are welcome to attend the day, with a prize for the best score.
Total cost for the day: £25
Maximum handicap allowance: 24
Normal glof course dress code please.



Founders Day 2018

The President and the Committee of the Old Cryptians’ Club have great pleasure in inviting you to Founders’ Day on 25th June 2018

Dear Old Cryptians and friends,

I am very pleased to inform you of the programme for this unique day in the School’s calendar.

  • 10.30am Golf Competition – The Tony Beard Cup at Rodway GC, Highnam
  • 6.15pm The Founders’ Day Service in Gloucester Cathedral
  • 8.30 p.m The Founders’ Day Supper – Parliament Suite



Historic grammar plans to open feeder primary in heart of Gloucester

One of Gloucestershire’s most popular secondary schools has launched plans to open a new, feeder primary school.

The Crypt School in Gloucester has announced plans to create a primary school, linked to the secondary school, in Podsmead.

The new primary school would, unlike The Crypt School, which is a co-educational grammar, be unselective and would be a free school.

Nicholas Dyer, headteacher of The Crypt School, told BBC Radio Gloucestershire: “It will be a primary that recruits from our immediate area of Podsmead.

Full article from Gloucestershire Live (sorry about all the pop ups!)

‘Medical miracle’ 14-year-old boy walking four days after breaking neck on trampoline

Aiden Horsley has been dubbed a ‘medical miracle’ after breaking his neck and leaving doctors fearing he would be be paralysed for life.

The 14-year-old gymnast, who had qualified for the British Championships just days before his accident, broke his neck while training on a trampoline in his back garden in February 2017.

But the ‘inspirational’ boy made a remarkable recovery, with him walking just four days after the accident.

The gymnast, who attends the Crypt School and trains at Checkers Gym in Morelands Trading Estate, specialised in tumbling which combines gymnastics with the skill of trampolining.

Original article from Gloucestershire Live

Cryptonite – winners of The Digital Schoolhouse 2018 finals

The video game industry is booming, as our culture become more digitalised gaming has simply become more accepted. We live in a day and age where elderly people on buses are playing games on their phones while they ride the bus.


That’s where Digital Schoolhouse from UKIE come in. They regularly hold workshops and tournaments to educate schoolchildren on the potential jobs that exist within the gaming sphere. Every year, they host a gaming tournament for schools across the nation – the finals culminated at the Gfinity Arena earlier this week.

Out of all the teams that competed, it was the group  ‘Cryptonite’ from the Crypt School in Gloucester that came out on top in the Overwatch tournament.

The team of 14 and 15 year-olds couldn’t believe their luck, taking home a trophy, medals, a PlayStation 4, a signed Overwatch poster in a frame and a limited edition Soldier 76 statue between them.

The win came as a big shock to them according to one of the winners, Beau Maguire: ‘It was very nerve-wracking and surprising because we didn’t expect to win at all. We didn’t expect to win regionals and we definitely didn’t expect to win the whole thing. We somehow didn’t even drop a map.’

The Digital Schoolhouse report

The Daily Mail Online report (including typos!)

September 2018 Cohort – News Update

The Crypt School Headmaster, Nicholas Dyer, is delighted that at least 30% of the new 2018 Year 7 entry will be girls.

“I am delighted to confirm that 1/3 of our cohort for 2018 will be girls.  There will be a few changes and appeals in the forthcoming weeks, so more boys and girls will join us.   However, we do not anticipate the gender distribution to change significantly. ”


Full article from the School website.

School Spring Concert






Wednesday March 28th 19:00-21:00 in the School Hall

Upcoming music events




15th March 17:30- 18:30 Gloucester Cathederal Evensong

20th March 18:30-20:30 GCSE/A-Level Recital in the school hall

26th March 13:00 Music for Youth Competition at Cheltenham Town Hall

Bernard Acland 1929-2018

Bernard Acland (1937-42) passed away on January 10 2018 aged 88 after a long and distinguished life of public service. Bernard was a family member of strong Crypt school traditions. His father John (Jack to many) had earlier attended school (1910-1916) and later his grandsons Timothy (1966-73), Jeremy (1971-76) and Richard (1974-79) followed him.

During  the 2nd WW Bernard joined various Cadet forces representing the Airforce, Army and Royal Navy. They paraded on the Crypt school playground part of which was covered with Air raid shelters.

After Crypt, Bernard attended Wycliffe school in Stonehouse and went on to St Pauls Teacher Training College in Cheltenham. He became fully committed in activities with youth organisations  throughout the City and County and held an Honorary Commission with the Royal Air Force. For his steadfast work he was later awarded an O.B.E

The family business which claimed his attention was originally called The Gloucester Bottle Company. It later took over Washbournes Ltd Wine and Spirits Merchants in Bell Lane and later Berkely St.

Bernard following John his father was dedicated to Free Masonry and rose to high levels in various orders .His late wife was Daphne, the sister of Bob Short well known as a founder member of the Cotswold Auction Company active in Gloucester, Cheltenham and Cirencester.