Dear Old Cryptians,
It has been a quite extraordinary year for us all, but I do hope that this note from your old school finds you all safe and well. The Crypt has endured through the ups and downs of the last 9 months, as it always has, and I think risen tremendously well to the challenges we have all faced. The students take great heart from knowing that the School has endured many, and indeed more demanding challenges in its long and distinguished history, which gives them the resolve needed to cope with the challenges of the present.
I have been immensely proud to be the Headmaster of the School over this period, as it has been a real privilege to lead and work with such a wonderfully committed group of staff and a fine set of young people.
I wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and we hope for better days ahead.
My very best wishes, Nick
The latest edition of The Cryptian magazine has been published as an online only magazine and is available to all members and non-members.
This edition is available for download as well as the online presentation but we felt that the logistical and administration burden of sending physical copies to members was too much given the huge additional workload that school office is under during this pandemic period.
We hope you enjoy reading as much as we have enjoyed collating and creating.
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.
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”.
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
Richard Browning from the OCC Committee attended the annual Leavers Party on a superb evening which was held outside the new cricket pavilion.
Apart from live music and refreshments including a hog roast dinner, the proceedings were in the capable hands of headmaster Nick Dyer who was ably supported by Sue Wales.
Most people present appeared to represent the Crypt School PTA who are so supportive of the school and raise considerable funds which cover the valuable extras enabling the school to continue to provide excellent all round experience for the pupils.
It was good to hear more about the school rugby tour to SouthAfrica which is happening soon and the recent visit to the school of the Gloucester Rugby head coach Johan Akkerman and Nick’s speech was very supportive of the role of Old Cryptians, including the annual awards to students provided by the Bursary. The committee plan to provide more representation at next years event.
To mark the opening of the new Sports Pavilion, we are offering OC’s the opportunity to purchase a bench which will be placed outside the new pavilion, and which will bear the name of the donor on a special commemorative plaque.The benches will cost approx. £250 and if you would like to donate one to the School and have your name on the bench please email Sue Wales with the amount you wish to donate, your name (or the name you would like on the bench) and your (or their) years at the School. All donations will be gratefully received.
The School are delighted to announce that Wave 14 for Free School Applications has now opened and are in the process of writing an application for a Primary School which will be submitted in September 2019.
If you would like more information The School will be holding an information morning in the very near future and a date will be published shortly.
The School will be engaging with our local community in the coming months, but in the meantime if you have any enquiries then please contact Mrs Paulina Kirkpatrick email@example.com or Mrs Sharon Bailey firstname.lastname@example.org
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.”
Dear Old Cryptians,
It has been a quite extraordinary year for us all, but I do hope that this note from your old school finds you all safe and well. The Crypt has endured through the ups and downs of the last 9 months,