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.”
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.
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.
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 Crypt School Headmaster, Nicholas Dyer, is delighted that at least 30% of the new 2018 Year 7 entry will be girls.
“I am delighted to confirm that 1/3 of our cohort for 2018 will be girls. There will be a few changes and appeals in the forthcoming weeks, so more boys and girls will join us. However, we do not anticipate the gender distribution to change significantly. ”