Lindsay Pickering – 17 Feb 1959 – 26 Apr 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.
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.
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”.
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.”
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.
Please register your interest using this survey http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/primaryfreeschool/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs Sharon Bailey email@example.com
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…)
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.
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.
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.”
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.
One of Gloucestershire’s most popular secondary schools has launched plans to open a new, feeder primary school.
The Crypt School in Gloucester has announced plans to create a primary school, linked to the secondary school, in Podsmead.
The new primary school would, unlike The Crypt School, which is a co-educational grammar, be unselective and would be a free school.
Nicholas Dyer, headteacher of The Crypt School, told BBC Radio Gloucestershire: “It will be a primary that recruits from our immediate area of Podsmead.
Full article from Gloucestershire Live (sorry about all the pop ups!)