School News

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.

Historic grammar plans to open feeder primary in heart of Gloucester

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!)

‘Medical miracle’ 14-year-old boy walking four days after breaking neck on trampoline

Aiden Horsley has been dubbed a ‘medical miracle’ after breaking his neck and leaving doctors fearing he would be be paralysed for life.

The 14-year-old gymnast, who had qualified for the British Championships just days before his accident, broke his neck while training on a trampoline in his back garden in February 2017.

But the ‘inspirational’ boy made a remarkable recovery, with him walking just four days after the accident.

The gymnast, who attends the Crypt School and trains at Checkers Gym in Morelands Trading Estate, specialised in tumbling which combines gymnastics with the skill of trampolining.

Original article from Gloucestershire Live

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 Digital Schoolhouse report

The Daily Mail Online report (including typos!)

September 2018 Cohort – News Update

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. ”

 

Full article from the School website.

School Spring Concert

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday March 28th 19:00-21:00 in the School Hall

Upcoming music events

 

 

 

15th March 17:30- 18:30 Gloucester Cathederal Evensong

20th March 18:30-20:30 GCSE/A-Level Recital in the school hall

26th March 13:00 Music for Youth Competition at Cheltenham Town Hall

2017 A Level and GCSE Results

A Levels

85% of A Level grades were awarded at the A*-C level this year, with over 63% of grades awarded to Year 13 students at either grade A*, A or B. 33% of grades were awarded at A*-A, with a record number of students achieving all A*-A grades. The overall pass mark was 99% A*-E.

These grades reflect the hard work and commitment of both the students in Year 13 and their teachers over the course of the last two years.

GCSE

The Crypt School has recorded an outstanding set of GCSE results. 80.1% of grades were awarded either an A*, A or B (including the new grades 9-7), with 53.4% of grades at the top A*-A level (including the new grades 9-7).  58.9% of students gained 5 or more A*-A grade passes (including the new grades 9-7).

Full details are available at The Crypt School website.