The Crypt School 2020 A Level Results
Our Year 13 students, whose opportunity to sit their A Level exams in May was abruptly, if understandably cancelled due to Covid-19, should be rightly proud this morning that their tremendous work and effort, over almost two years of study, has been recognised with a very strong set of A Level results. 67% of the grades awarded were the top A*-B grades, with 90% of grades at the A*-C level. The students should be very proud of their achievements and can now look forward to progressing onto their chosen destinations to start the next phase of their lives.
Teachers and other staff at The Crypt, worked tremendously hard to help support the students over their two years of Advanced Level study, as well as through the difficult period following the closure of all schools on the 20th of March.
NC Dyer – Headmaster
The committee offer their heartiest congratulations to all students, teachers and staff on behalf of all OCC members.
J I Packer – 1926 – 2020 (1937-1944)
J I Packer was a pupil of the School from 1937-44 before going up to Corpus Christi College, Oxford in 1944.
He was a celebrated evangelical theologian and writer in the low-church Anglican and Calvinist traditions. He was considered one of the most influential evangelicals in North America, known for his best-selling book, Knowing God, written in 1973, as well as his work as an editor for the English Standard Version of the Bible. He was one of the high-profile signers on the 1978 Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, a member on the advisory board of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, and also was involved in the ecumenical book Evangelicals and Catholics Together in 1994. His last teaching position was as the Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, in which he served from 1996 until his retirement in 2016, due to failing eyesight.
There are many obituaries to J I Packer on line, including this from the Gospel Coalition
The Crypt School tops The Gloucestershire Real Schools Guide 2020
The Crypt School is the best state-funded secondary school in Gloucestershire, according to a comprehensive new guide.
The Real Schools Guide 2020 takes into account 51 different data points – including not just GCSE results and Attainment 8 scores but also factors like Progress 8, pupil-teacher ratios and absence rates.
Nicholas Dyer, Headmaster at The Crypt School in Podsmead, Gloucester, said his teachers strive to instil an intrinsic desire for pupils to think for themselves. Mr Dyer said: “We have had fantastic response from local families who welcome the choice of a co-ed selective grammar school in Gloucester – now approaching our third year of going co-ed we have over 130 girls in the main school and about 90 in the sixth form”.
Read the full GloucestershireLive article
An historic meeting
The OCC Committee met on 12th May without contravening any lockdown guidance – embracing the 21st century we met by Skype. This marks a new beginning for the committee and will make it easier in the future to welcome committee members wherever they live.
Also historically, but not a first, the President was elected for a second term due to the cancellation of many of our annual events caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The minutes of the meeting are available from the meetings page.
Lindsay Pickering – 17 Feb 1959 – 26 Apr 2020
Old Cryptian (1970 – 1975) Lindsay Pickering passed away peacefully in the early hours of Sunday 26th April 2020.
Lindsay’s long term partner Peter Routely writes –
“Lindsay was a beautiful strong man who survived many serious health issues over the last twenty odd years. We had been preparing for this day for nearly all of that time. We were lucky to have had the opportunity to say everything that we ever needed to say to each other. Finally he is at peace.
Lindsay’s funeral was held on Tuesday 19th May at 12.00 at Taunton Deane Crematorium. Because of the current situation and limitations on numbers it was by invitation only. We are not asking for donations for any charity because Lindsay believed charity only existed because the government had failed us.
Thank you all for your kind messages and shared memories.
Ben Brown – Istanbul Challenge
It is with great sadness we learn of the loss of former Cryptian Ben Brown.
Ben left the school about 6 years ago to go to Welbeck College and then on into the Army. Sadly, Ben took his own life two weeks ago. He had hidden his struggle with mental illness from everyone and it came as a great shock to all his family and friends. He was always an outgoing person and had a likeable cheekiness in his approach to life, so it is hard to believe that he has passed.
Following this tragic loss, Ben’s family and friends have joined together to honour his life and raise awareness about the issues surrounding mental health, neuro-diversity and the prevention of young suicide.
Ben was a big part of Typhoon Squadron in the Army and one exercise he was extremely fond of and could not wait to see come to fruition was ‘Trans-Europe’, a summer long exercise covering the majority of Europe in four stages. Starting in Loughborough, the Squadron planned to travel all the way to Istanbul and back again; however, due to the Coronavirus pandemic the exercise could not go ahead. Typhoon Squadron have now decided the best way to honour Ben is to complete the journey he had originally planned and have set up a team challenge to run the 4600 miles to Istanbul and back.
You can follow the progress of the “race” to Istanbul and back at the Challenge website.
Some good news…
A six-classroom extension to The Crypt School could soon become reality after planning permission was granted by Gloucester City Council.
The project is the latest in a line of expansions for the Podsmead grammar school in the last 15 years, including a Sixth Form Learning Resource Centre and new-build engineering block.
Elevations of the new block. Picture: Quattro Design Architects
Drawn up by Gloucester Quays-based Quattro Design Architects, the plans will provide replacement accommodation and facilities in a previously under-utilised area of the school.
The new single-storey teaching facility will offer six matching 56.5 metre square classrooms running from a central corridor, alongside four toilets and associated storage space.
Established in 1539, the school serves the city of Gloucester and the surrounding areas and is said to be ‘noted for high levels of achievement with a strong emphasis on science’.
While reinforcing that “there is no increase in staff or pupil numbers as part of this development”, the school said the project will allow for “an improved learning environment for the students connected to the main school building”.
The proposed site of the new block, outlined in red. Picture: Quattro Design Architects
A planning statement added that: “These additions have provided wonderful new facilities, but the fundamental 1940s core of the school remains inappropriate for modern teaching due to undersized teaching spaces.”
Floor plan of the new block. Picture: Quattro Design Architects
A Letter from the Headmaster
30th March, 2020
THE CRYPT SCHOOL
Dear Old Cryptians,
As you all may know, the School was closed on Friday, 23rd March due to the coronavirus epidemic and the need to limit each person’s social contact with others.
In the run up to the closure, the School had undertaken a significant amount of preparatory work to prepare for such an eventuality, which was frankly looking increasing likely as the days wore on. Therefore, when the order to close came, we were quickly able to implement our plans to move to remote teaching and learning.
Did you know? OCRFC unbeaten
Did you know that the Old Cryptians RFC 1st XV are unbeaten in both the league (Wadworth 6X Gloucestershire 1) and the Cup so far this season, Not only that but they have a +440 point difference and are 21 points ahead of 2nd place in the league.
The 3rd XV are also in top spot of the Gloucester and District 3 and the club recently fielded a 4th XV. Coupled with a thriving youth structure, this really is a club on the up.
On 28th March (same day as our dinner/AGM) the 1st XV will play Fairford in a return match – Fairford are the only team not to have lost against the OCs this season, the away fixture resulted in a 10-10 draw.
What better way to set up your OC dinner than to watch the OCRFC 1st XV continue their impressive season.
** CANCELLED ** OCC AGM and Annual Dinner
Old Cryptians’ Club Annual Dinner
** C A N C E L L E D **
It is with great disappointment that the committee have decided to cancel the annual dinner on March 28th 2020.
This is not a decision we have taken lightly, but with the general uncertainty around Covid-19 we feel it is better to cancel now with a little notice on our own terms than face the potential of being forced to cancel at the last minute.
We will be in touch with all members who have already paid for tickets.
The Annual General Meeting (AGM 2020) will take place at a future date which we are working on now. It is likely to be coincident with the next committee meeting on 12th May at 19:30 at the School, but the details will need to be confirmed with the school and an update and invitation will be sent to all members.
I sincerely apologise for taking this action, but it seems to be the sensible option.