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!)

President celebrates Discover DeCrypt funding success

Bob Timms recognises the funding milestone and thanks contributors to the project in a message published today

Lottery Funds for the Discover DeCrypt Project

The Project Team are delighted to announce that a substantial grant of nearly £1.4M has been awarded to the Discover DeCrypt project.  The renovation and regeneration of the ancient Crypt Schoolroom and St. Mary de Crypt church has thus taken a big step forward.

Subscription Increase – a Reminder

All subscribing Old Cryptians should recently have received a letter about the increase in the annual fee from £20 to £25.  Please follow the link under the Membership tab for full details.  Any query on the new arrangement should be directed to the Membership Secretary, Richard Briggs at

School Carol Service

The annual School Carol Service will take place at St. Barnabas, Tuffley on Wednesday, 14th December starting at 7.00 p.m.  Old Cryptians are invited but places are limited so do please let Sue Wales know promptly if you intend to come –  or 01452 530291

School Remembrance Service

The annual Remembrance Service will take place at the School on Friday, 11th November starting at 1030 a.m. (arrive by 1015),  All Old Cryptians are invited but do please let Sue Wales know promptly if you intend to come –  or 01452 530291

School Results 2016

The excellent results achieved by Crypt School pupils in the 2016 Exams can be found here.

OCC Committee Meeting

The first full OCC Committee meeting of the new year chaired by Bob Timms will be held on Monday 10th October 2016.  Please contact Richard Briggs for further details.

850 mile Bike Ride for the Bursary Fund

Richard Briggs (President 2015-2016) has just completed a 2 week tour of Scotland to raise money for the Old Cryptians Centenary Bursary Fund 2001.  The aim was to complete the Land’s End to John o’ Groats ride, of which the first part (to Berwick-upon-Tweed) was cycled last September, and to continue on a loop around the north and west coasts at a slightly (!) gentler pace.  The extended story, with photos, can be found at

Milestone for the Discover DeCrypt Project

The online and paper versions of the bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) were submitted on 19th August 2016.  The bid is for substantial funding of both St. Mary de Crypt Church and the adjoining Tudor Schoolroom in Southgate Street (the first location of the Crypt School).  This is an exciting milestone after many months of hard work by the dedicated team.  Further details at