School Remembrance Day Service

The School would like to warmly invite Old Cryptians to the
Annual Remembrance Service on Monday, 11 November at 10.30am

If anyone is interested in attending, please could they email and arrive at the school for 10.15am



  • Posted on October 29th, 2019 in Archive

The President’s Run

After last year’s Cheltenham Half  I said never again. So here I am again, prepared to say never again again. I’ll be setting off on Sunday at 9am-ish to try and finish at 11am-ish. I am targetting a better time than last year’s 2 hours 6 minutes, but this year I won’t have Warren​ to drag me round – I’m going solo.

Please think about sponsoring – all money raised will go to the Bursary Fund.

Thanks – Adam



  • Posted on September 22nd, 2019 in Archive

The Crypt School is the best state-funded secondary school in Gloucestershire

So says Reach plc who publish the esteemed Gloucestershire Live portal.  Something we have all known for many years.

Read the full article here. There will be adverts, pop ups and general annoyance.


Memorial Stone Unveiling Ceremony and Memorial Day Games – 18/05/2019

On Saturday 18th May 2019, a granite stone will be unveiled on the Memorial Ground where it will be dedicated to the memory of all the local rugby players who left their families and clubs to serve their country and gave their lives in doing so. The ceremony of dedication and blessing will be carried out by the Bishop of Tewkesbury, the Rt Revd Robert Springett and will take place at 12.00 noon to be followed by two games. The first will be started at 1.00 p.m. between The Cherrypickers  and a combination side. At 3.00 p.m. it will be followed by Widden Old Boys versus Old Cryptians.

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  • Posted on May 3rd, 2019 in Archive

Founders’ Day Service and OCC Dinner

Founders’ Day – Wednesday 19 June 2019
The President and the Committee of the Old Cryptians’ Club have great pleasure in inviting you to Founders’ Day on 19 June.

Dear Old Cryptians and friends,

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

7.15pm The Founders’ Day Service in Gloucester Cathedral

Old Cryptians, partners and friends will be most welcome to attend the Service (in place by 7.00pm please). For seats in the Cathedral, it would be helpful if you would contact Sue Wales (Headmaster’s PA) on 01452 530291 or swales@crypt.gloucs.sch.ukI shall look forward to meeting you during the day and later at the Parliament Suite.

8.30pm The Founders’ Day Supper – The Parliament Suite of Gloucester Cathedral

This occasion is open to all Old Cryptians, their guests and friends of the Crypt School. This is an evening not to be missed, with excellent food on offer.

The Parliament Suite is a short walk from the Cathedral and, on arrival, a drinks reception will be held.

The meal will consist of a cold buffet followed by a choice of desserts and coffee. Crypt students will be on hand to assist guests as required.

The evening will include addresses from myself and from the incoming President. The Headmaster will report on progress at the Crypt School. In line with tradition, we will hold a raffle to the benefit of the Benevolent Fund and will conclude with the School Song.

The cost of the meal will be £30. Wine will be available at a nominal price and can be ordered from your table. Please complete the Reservation Form below:

Reservation Form.doc                      Reservation Form.pdf 

I shall look forward to meeting you during the day and later at the Parliament Suite.

Yours sincerely,

Jason Smith (1980 – 1983)



  • Posted on May 1st, 2019 in Archive

Old Cryptian’s Annual Golf Day for the Tony Beard Cup

Old Cryptians’ Annual Golf Day for the Tony Beard Cup
Wednesday 19 June
at Rodway Hill Golf Club Highnam


Please contact Bob Timms for further information and interest for later in the year:
01452 722151 or 



  • Posted on May 1st, 2019 in Archive

Old Cryptians’ Club AGM and Annual Reunion Dinner 2019

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Old Cryptians’ Club
  (Founded in 1901)
President: Jason Smith (1980 – 1983)


January 2019                                                                                                                            

Dear Old Cryptian,

On behalf of your President and the Committee of the Old Cryptians’ Club, I am pleased to invite you to the Old Cryptians’ Club AGM and Annual Reunion Dinner.  

This year, the event will be held at the Church of St Mary de Crypt and the Old Crypt Schoolrooms, Southgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 1PT. The venue has been undergoing major renovation with the assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund and our event will be the first function to be held there, following the completion of the project.

Saturday 23rd March 2019


The Club’s Annual General Meeting 

The Old Crypt Schoolrooms

6.45pm for 7.30pm 

The 118th Annual Reunion Dinner

The Church of St Mary de Crypt

The cost of dinner (exclusive of wines) will be £35.00 for OC Club members, £38.50 for non-members and £20.00 for school sixth formers and students. 

Please see the accompanying booking form for table reservations:

There will be a cash bar for pre-dinner drinks and wine to accompany the meal.

The guest speaker will be Nicola Dyer, Senior Project Manager at The Prince’s Foundation. She will offer an insight into the project to renovate The Church of St Mary de Crypt and propose the toast to, “The Old Cryptians’ Club” after which your President, Jason Smith, will respond on behalf of the Club with, “Floreat Schola Cryptiensis”.

The Dress code for men is lounge suits/jacket and tie and for ladies the appropriate equivalent.

The Ladies’ Annual Dinner will again be incorporated into the OC Club Dinner. Places on the ladies’ table(s) will cost £35.00 and can be reserved via Steve Mace in the same way as the OCC diners, using the same form.    

Please feel free to circulate this invitation widely and use the event to meet with as many of your OC friends and contemporaries as possible.

Spaces are limited to 13 tables of 8 diners, i.e. 104 maximum. Demand is likely to be high, so please book early to avoid disappointment. 

Your President looks forward to greeting you on 23rd March.

With best wishes,         
Steve Mace (1970 – 1977) 
Committee Member, Old Cryptians’ Club. 


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  • Posted on February 22nd, 2019 in Archive

Shopping at Amazon = Donating to The Bursary Fund

The Old Cryptians’ Club Centenary Bursary Fund is now set up to receive donations through the Amazon Smile programme. Once you have set up your Amazon Smile account, all future purchases will result in 0.5% of the price being donated to the Bursary Fund.

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  • Posted on February 11th, 2019 in Archive

Gloucester Santa Fun Run 2018

Last year Matt Cass (illustrious OC and sponsor of this very site) organised the first Gloucester Rotary Santa Fun Run in Gloucester Park and he would like it to be even bigger and better on December 8th this year.

Organised by the Rotary Club of Gloucester and supported by Gloucester BID, Marketing Gloucester and Cass-Stephens Insurances Ltd. we hope that all ages, all abilities and all sections of our wonderful City will join with us to celebrate our Community by putting on a Red Hat (or, if possible, a full Santa Outfit) and running, walking or being pushed round a short route in the Park. There will be a 1K route and a 5K route. Registration begins in the park from 9:30am and the run starts at 10:15am on December 8th.

Registration fees: Blue Badge holders/wheelchairs free, Under 16s £4, Adults £8 and Teams of 4 £20. The money will be used to buy medals and pay for the set up costs for the event – any funds left over will be donated to local charities.

Click here for details and entry



Johan and Thinus at The Crypt – rugby tour fundraiser

I am delighted to invite you to join us for our main fundraiser ahead of the tour; an evening with Johan Ackerman and Thinus Delport. The event is shaping up to be an excellent evening for any rugby fanatic as well as anyone with links to the school. The South African themed evening will be held in the main school hall on Friday 30th November, 7pm until midnight.

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