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The Crypt School working with Gloucester Academy

The Crypt School has already been working with Gloucester Academy to undertake an audit of teaching and learning, as well as the schemes of work taught in the school.

The results of this audit will be implemented in the New Year with teachers from The Crypt teaching some of the children in maths and science.

Assistant headteacher of The Crypt, Pauline Kirkpatrick will also be seconded to Gloucester Academy for one day a week in the new year to lead on aspects of teaching, learning and assessment.

Nick Dyer, headmaster of The Crypt, added: “It is part of the culture of the G15 to support our fellow Gloucester schools, and our role as a teaching school to support best practice and the development of teaching across our area.

“School improvement is never a quick process however we are looking to raise the standards of teaching and learning over the course of the next few months and this ongoing partnership will lead to better outcomes for all of the children at Gloucester Academy.”

Read the full article at the Gloucestershire Live website (including pop ups, adverts, click bait…)

 

 

Call for interest – Old Cryptians Club Blazer

We have had some interest in the OCC Blazer – as nattily modelled by young Briggs – but not yet enough to push the order button.

If you have been deliberating a purchase, now is the time to press the pre-order button to receive your blazer in time for wearing on Christmas day.

A versatile article of clothing that will be a super addition to any Old Cryptian’s wardrobe, this blazer shouldn’t be reserved for OCC events; it will be equally at home on the banks of the Thames at Henley, the Garden Stage at the End of The Road festival or deep in the Shed at Kingsholm.

 

Former Cryptian wins NGW Undisputed Championship

From Gloucestershire Live

Heavyweight hero Justin Sysum has made history by winning two major pro wrestling singles titles in one day – including one shown on UK television.

Justin was the star of the day when he defeated Rampage in a classic battle many fans are calling a ‘match of the year candidate’ in the final episode of WOS Wrestling on ITV at the weekend.

A few hours later the 33-year-old from Gloucester beat ‘The Showstealer’ Nathan Cruz to capture the NGW Undisputed Championship in front of a raucous crowd at Hull City Hall.

Crypt School in the top 5% of schools nationally for progress

The Crypt School’s summer GCSE results have placed the School in the top 5% of schools nationally for progress.

The School’s Progress 8 score, that is the progress pupils make between KS2 (Year 6) and KS4 (Year 11) for 2018 is 0.65.  That means that the School has added more than half a grade to each pupil’s expected progress by the end of their GCSE studies in Year 11.  This is a wonderful endorsement of all the tremendous work carried out at The Crypt by both our committed staff and talented pupils.

 

Eddie Calver 1942-49)

Eddie Calver, an Old Cryptian for many years, passed away on Thursday 27 September in the Brunswick Nursing Home after a long illness, aged 86.  He leaves his wife Ruth, four children, nine grand-children and three great grand-children.  He had a brother John and another brother Brian who now lives in Torquay.   All were former pupils of the Crypt School.  Eddie enjoyed Rugby (he captained the Old Cryptians RFC) and also played golf.

The funeral has been arranged for Monday, 15th October at the parish church of Upton-St.-Leonards at 11.30 a.m.  Afterwards all who knew Eddie are invited to the Bowden Hall Hotel for drinks, sandwiches, refreshments, etc.  Ruth and his son and daughters have said that sombre dress is not required.  Club ties and, in particular, Old Cryptian colours will be very much appreciated.  No flowers, but donations to the Edward Jenner Clinic would be appreciated (via Ernest Cocks and Sons, Funeral Directors).

Historic moment for The Crypt School

This week, has been an historic moment for The Crypt School.  For the first time in its nearly 500 year history, The Crypt School welcomed girls into Year 7, alongside of the boys.  Everyone in school proudly welcomed 151 new pupils into Year 7, amongst which are 48 driven young ladies, all of whom were wearing warm smiles and impeccable maroon uniforms.

Staff and students alike have been keen to help the new co-educational cohort settle in their first few days.  The boys in Year 7 had attended taster days so they felt their first days were just as expected: fun and interesting.  “There is nothing unusual”, mentioned Seb Hilman and Javis Randall also agreed that having girls and boys learning together felt natural, as they had all been in co-educational primary schools.

The girls were all very happy with their first few days in school: Marissa Berry said, “School is really fun.  I enjoyed my first day, particularly my science lesson, where we experimented with water buoyancy.” Hannah Steward said, “It is great to be in the School, because we know we have lots to look forward to.  We feel really welcomed by everyone, even though on the first day the older boys stopped to take a second look at us, as they are not used to seeing girls in their school.  The boys are really helpful though, especially when we are trying to find our way to the classrooms!”

Beatrice Norwood, Safia Neocleous and Caitlin Brown agreed that the first day felt a bit overwhelming, as there were many more boys than girls around the School.  They added though, that the boys had been very nice to them.  They also mentioned they had met their VI Form mentors, who they thought were really great.

We have almost 100 girls in our VI form, but everyone in the School is very excited with the arrival of girls into the lower school.  We are looking forward to seeing them learn, grow and develop as the years go on.  They will always be the pioneering girls with the strength of character to make the change to a fully co-educational school happen.  Our best wishes and full support go to our boys and girls in our first ever co-educational Year 7 cohort.

Impressive A Level results

The Crypt School has achieved another set of impressive A Level results: 82% of grades achieved were A*-C, with an overall pass mark of 99% A*-E.

Notable individual successes include: Will Matson, 3 A* and 1 A; Austen Tulodziecki, 3 A*’s; Nathan Browne and Louis Staley, 2 A*’s and 1 A; Sam Berry, Callum Brignall, Seb Golding and Jack Greening 1 A* and 2 A’s; Harry Pearce, 2A*’s and 1 B; Henry Ip and Jacob Charles, 3 A’s; Jacob Wilson A*, A and B Jamal Farooq, 2 A’s and 2 B’s.

Nicholas Dyer, Headmaster, commented: “I am very pleased with the success of our Year 13 cohort, in a year when nearly all our students were studying the newly reformed A Levels.

Their success is the product of both the hard work of the students and the dedicated support of their teachers. I am also delighted with the impressive set of university destinations that our students are heading to in the autumn and equally pleased to see a very good number of students who have now secured leading apprenticeships with local and national companies that combine work with studying for a degree.

These good A Level results send out a very strong signal to those students in Year 11 who are thinking of coming to The Crypt to study for their A Levels: you too can achieve highly in our outstanding sixth form.”

New sports pavillion

 

At the very end of last term, the School received wonderful news that it has obtained funding, of over half a million pounds, to construct a new sports pavilion, which will replace the  old cricket pavilion, and monies to construct a new outdoor covered eating and social area.

The new pavilion will comprise two new girls’ changing rooms, toilet facilities and a social space.  The new covered outdoor eating and social area, will enable pupils to eat their snacks and lunches under cover, and also grant them another place to socialise at break and lunchtime.

The School is extremely grateful to The Crypt School PTA, who are kindly donating a significant sum of money to support the construction of the new pavilion.  In addition to these two projects, the School will also be investing in the resurfacing and enlargement of the hard court area to provide new netball, tennis and handball courts.

Professor Douglas Brewer (1936 – 1943)

Douglas Forbes Brewer (born 22nd May 1925) died peacefully on 16th July 2018 at his home in Lewes, Sussex at the age of 93.  He attended the Crypt School from 1936 to 1943 where his brother (Derek Brewer) was also a pupil, two years in advance of Douglas.  He had a most successful academic career and was Emeritus Professor of Physics at Sussex University.  He came to the University from Oxford in 1962 as one of the founding members of the Physics Department within the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. He helped to establish the low temperature group at Sussex which rapidly achieved international renown.

His daughter Charlotte has asked, on behalf of the family that if any of his Crypt contemporaries are still alive they would be very grateful if this sad news is passed on.  (Contact via the Membership Secretary  membership@oldcryptians.org )

 

Audrey Pugh

Sadly, Audrey Pugh passed away recently.  Audrey was the widow of Tony Pugh the loyal Old Cryptian of long standing who died in early 2016.  The funeral of Audrey will be at Gloucester Crematorium on Friday 24th August at 12.00 noon.  Afterwards there will be a gathering at the King’s Head, Upton-St. Leonards, GL4 8AA.