Crypt School Virtual Concert … tonight (15/03)
Julian Whittaker, Director of Music writes:
Please join us at 7.00pm tonight on the school’s youtube channel for our virtual Senior Concert.
Here is the link: https://youtu.be/cdrvLJga8k8
It features some amazing performances from students from Y10-13, mostly recorded under lockdown!
You will be impressed by their enthusiasm, musical skill and determination.
I gave the students the challenge to learn a new piece for this concert and some of them have certainly taken themselves out of their comfort zones!
If you are unable to join us, the concert will remain on our youtube channel for you to enjoy when you are able.
The Crypt School: A day in the life of two students in lockdown
From the ins and outs of remote teaching to some fun extracurricular activities, this SoGlos finds out more about in Gloucester.
About the experts – Theo and Marianne, Year 7 students at The Crypt School
As Year 7s, Theo and Marianne (pictured left) are in their first year at The Crypt School, a leading co-educational secondary school in Gloucester. Like many students across the county, they have been logging into online school and learning remotely during lockdown.
The Wheatridge Primary School
The School are delighted to announce the Department for Education’s approval of a new and innovative free school for the children in Gloucester.
The Wheatridge Primary School aims to work closely with the community providing local children access to a world class, academically focused education to prepare them for the demands of a secondary school curriculum and help them aspire to achieve highly in all that they do.
There is more detail on the School’s website about this important and exciting announcement.
Christmas greetings from the Head
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,
The Cryptian 2019/20
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.
The Cryptian 2019/20
We welcome your thoughts about the magazine content and are already collecting articles for next years, hopefully Covid-free edition – please comment here or by email to the President.
The School Autumn Concert
The school will be showcasing the musical talents of many of the current pupils in the annual Autumn concert.
This will be available from 19:30 on Wednesday October 21st on YouTube.
The Crypt School 2020 A Level Results
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”.
Read the full GloucestershireLive article
Some good news…
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.