Bursary Fund – Updates

Strategy for 2021

Fortunately the COVID pandemic is showing encouraging signs of easing allowing the Government to remove most restrictions as of July 19th. With school open most of the current year a similar policy to previous years has been maintained in providing Bursary awards to deserving students in their respective fields as outlined below. As for 2020, travel has again been excluded. The Bursary has this year supported an initiative from the school to establish a 6th Form fund to help students affected financially by the effects of the pandemic.

All donations to the Bursary fund are appreciated as the main aim remains to be self-sufficient by matching the level of expenditure with the necessary income to maintain current student awards. Banking data are as follows: Account name OC Bursary Fund; Sort Code 40-52-40; Account no 00010216.

Bursary Finances

A summary of the financial position as at 31st December 2020 was as follows:-

Balance held in Bursary funds                           £95,570


income from donations and interest              £3,493

Gift Aid recovered from HMRC                         £2,610

Legacies received                                                  £26,000

During 2020 £2,000 was paid out in bursaries and a further £2,500 was committed to the school’s 6th Form fund to support students affected by the pandemic, as mentioned above. This amount was paid over in early 2021 and so will be reflected in our 2021 figures.

At the time of writing this report the total funds stand at £94,383, reflecting a net deficit in the year of £1,187. We urge all Old Cryptians to see if they could commit to an ongoing donation of just £50 to help us get to our target of £100,000 as quickly as possible. The additional help we gave this year to current students in financial difficulties shows what a difference the Bursary can make. Details of where you can set up a standing order is shown below, and also please ensure you provide us with your details so we can reclaim the additional gift aid from the government.

Bursary awards 2021

The Trustees were pleased to award 8 Bursaries this year and held the awards ceremony at school on June 23rd in the new cricket pavilion. The following students were recommended for Bursaries by Crypt school staff.

Academia (6th form)             Donu Kolani ; Jack Evans

Art, Music, Drama                Bram Allen-Bowdry; Ben Hannaford- Waddington;

Daniel Crowe

Sports                                     Tianne Klaric; Tom Pritchard

Technology/Engineering     Matvei Sinden

The 1539 Society

The 1539 Society honours alumni and friends of the Crypt school who since inauguration in 2001 have been benefactors of the Bursary Fund. Membership of donors is acknowledged with the presentation of a special lapel badge and signed certificate. Currently there are 90 active individual donors in the scheme. Present Trustees are Richard Browning (Chairman), Clive Thomas (Treasurer), Mike Beard and Richard Briggs.

Full details of the OC Bursary Fund can be found on the club website www.old cryptians.org . Details of how to make regular donations or leave a bequest in your will can be obtained from the treasurer, Clive Thomas whose contact details are:-

16 Quat Goose Lane, Cheltenham GL51 9RX.

Tel No 01242 216885

Email clive@clive-thomas.co.uk

Extended support

Apart from Standing orders and Donations made to the Bursary Fund, further valuable support can be provided by means of a gift through a Will by adding a Codicil. The Bursary as a Charity pays no tax on gifts and furthermore your estate will benefit by reducing the amount liable for Inheritance tax. This may be carried out with the help of a Solicitor or by drawing up your own codicil by stating the following:-

  • I give …….Pounds(£) to the Old Cryptians Club Centenary Fund

(Registered Charity No  1094627)

Further details can be provided by our treasurer, Clive Thomas.

Richard Browning (1952-1959)


Spring 2019

On 16 May the Crypt school annual awards from the Bursary Fund were distributed to students in a lunch time ceremony at Crypt School.

10 awards of £250 each were presented by the Trustees in the following 5 categories: Academic; Sport; Travel; Music, Drama and Art; Engineering and Technology. The latter is new and reflects the expanding scope of activities being undertaken on the school syllabus.

You will be able to read more about the OCC Centennial Bursary Fund in The Cryptian magazine later in the year.

Donations to the Old Cryptians’ Club are most welcome. If you would like to make a donation now to the Old Cryptians, please use this link which will provide details of various methods of donating.

All monies received will be directed to the Bursary Fund, and since this has charitable status, the Fund will benefit from a tax free amount. However it is a requirement that you have made a one time Gift Aid declaration. The form can be downloaded here.

You can also now donate by signing up to Amazon’s Smile which donates 0.5% of all your Amazon purchases to the Bursary.

Amazon Smile

As mentioned above, signing up to Amazon Smile will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price of most items bought on Amazon.  We received £5 this year – not much, but not many have signed up!  The following email was received from Amazon.

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Dear Charity Administrator,

This email is to notify you that Amazon has donated £5.00 to your organisation (The Old Cryptians’ Club Centenary Bursary Fund 2001). The Old Cryptians’ Club Centenary Bursary Fund 2001’s AmazonSmile donation balance as of 31 March, 2019 was under the minimum donation amount of £5.00 and as a courtesy, we have rounded up your donation to £5.00 this quarter. Once per year, AmazonSmile will issue donations to all registered organisations that have earned donations, even if the donation amount is below the £5.00 minimum. The donation has been deposited to your organisation’s bank account around 15 May, 2019.

You can increase The Old Cryptians’ Club Centenary Bursary Fund 2001’s AmazonSmile donations by reminding your supporters to shop at smile.amazon.co.uk. You can use your charity direct link included below in email, social media, and on your website. Also, please don’t forget to check out your Marketing Tools on OrgCentral to further spread the word and increase your donations!

Marketing Message
Support us by always starting your shopping at https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1094627-0!

Kind regards,
Your team at AmazonSmile

February 2019

  • A bursary fund report will be available for the AGM.
  • 10 bursaries of £250 each will be presented in May

Earlier Updates

October 2018

A meeting of Bursary Trustees was held at Crypt School on October 16 2018 to provide an update on recent developments, the results of which are summarised.

To date this year the number of active subscribers to the fund has increased from 92 to 94 together with 6 organisations.  Gross assets increased from £63,931 at December 31 2017 to £66,593 at present. Allowing for deductions made for the 2018 student award scheme of £2,500 leaves a net balance of £64,093. Currently capital is held in two accounts: Virgin money £45,000; and CAF Bank £19,093.

To improve interest it has been agreed to close the Virgin account and transfer to a Cambridge and Counties Charity Bank Bond yielding a fixed rate of 1.86% pa. The aim is to finance the annual students award scheme largely from income rather than deplete capital.

The latest 2018 bursary awards distributed at school in June increased to 10 (£250ea) covering the 4 categories Academic; Art, Music, Drama; Travel; and Sport. For the future it was agreed to maintain 8-10 awards.

Following an approach to Mr Rich Brooks current Treasurer of the OCC, we are pleased to announce that Rich has agreed to become Financial Examiner for the OCC Bursary Fund and will examine the 2017 accounts submitted by our Treasurer.

We are anxious to recruit new subscribers to ensure continuation of the Bursary award scheme for the future. Information has been traditionally provided in the pages of the Cryptian. Efforts will be reinforced to publicise the Bursary on the OCC website.

March 2016

Richard Browning, as Chairman of the Bursary Fund Trustees, presented the latest report at the AGM of the Old Cryptians Club, held at Kingsholm on 12th March 2016.

Here is the full report.  OLD CRYPTIANS CENTENARY BURSARY REPORT 2001 (2)

May 2013

A lunch was organised recently for the recipients in 2013 of the Old Cryptians’ Bursary Scheme.  The fortunate pupils are selected jointly by the Headmaster and the Trustees of the Scheme.

Bursary Lunch

The full list of pupils and their attainments are as follows:

6 x Academic Awards  – Sixth Form – NCD / MBr / RBs

  • Jack Hibberd (School Captain) – Law – Oxford
  • Adam Gibbons – Engineering – Oxford
  • Jon Madigan – Maths & Economics – Oxford
  • Ashley Berrill – History & Philosophy – Cardiff
  • Emma Greenwood – History & Philosophy – Warwick
  • Nick Jones 

6 x Arts awards – Music / Drama/ Art – IH/JCL/CM

  • Zac Miller (Y13) – Music
  • Sam Miller (Y13) – Music
  • Matt Brew (Y12) – Music – Wants to study music at University
  • David Crowe (Y10) – Music – Very talented, is a high flyer, but need financial support
  • Tristan Beard (Y8) – Art – Work is off scale already and puts lots of hours in
  • No nominations this year             Drama

2 x Sports Awards – AJH

  • Will Dobson – Trampolining
  • Tim Dannatt – Ski-ing
  • Adam Beddall – Cycling

August 2012


Total Funds at 31st December, 2011 £49, 176
Total Funds at 31st December, 2011 £49, 494
Annual Commitments From Donors £1, 450

I am delighted to report that we will pass our target of £50k for the Bursary in this year, which is a key milestone in the development of the Fund.

By now I am sure you will be aware of the objectives of the Fund, but to remind you, this is what is laid out in the original Trust Deed, when it was set up in 2001:-

“The objective of the Fund is to improve and widen the educational and life skills of students at the Crypt School, Gloucester.
This objective would be achieved by awarding bursaries to talented or gifted pupils of the school, providing them with funds not normally available to them, to pursue their talents, and improve their performance in their specialist area.”

In the early years a lot of the awards went to non-academic students for activities such as Music, Drama and Sport, however in the past year the trustees have decided to be far more prescriptive on the awards process.

It has been agreed that the variety of the awards should be diverse and inclusive, rather than focusing just on sport and the arts. Future awards will therefore be made in the following categories:-

– Academic Awards
– Arts Awards
– Sports Awards
– Travel Awards for school trips

It is also important that on making these awards, the trustees should apply some form of means testing, to ensure that the funds are particularly targeted at the less fortunate students.

Objectives For The Coming Years

In order to ensure that the capital of the Fund is protected, it is essential that we increase the level of regular donations each year. The trustees are looking at a number of schemes that will incentivise Old Cryptians to commit to making a regular donation each year, which will boost the current level of £1,450 to £3,000 pa.

All that is needed is 31 additional people to make an annual donation by standing order of £50 to achieve this target! So if you are reading this, and feel that you can spare £50 a year towards assisting potential students achieve their ambitions, please download the forms from the website, or email me at clive@clive-thomas.co.uk and I will provide you with all the information you need.

Why Make A Donation To The Fund?

Since 1945 we estimate that some 6000 pupils have received the distinctive quality of education that is part of the rich tradition and inheritance of the Crypt School. So many have been successful in a very broad range of careers and the Crypt can pride itself on its effective groundwork in setting so many of those persons on their way in life.

We are convinced that the Bursary Award Scheme is currently our most effective way of supporting the School and this after all is our principal purpose (see the Club’s Constitution). We are all aware of the tremendous upsurge in the School’s performance in recent years and of the first rate opportunities of a high-class style of education that it now affords all its pupils.

The Bursary Awards’ Scheme goes one step further. The scheme provides an opportunity for the current and future generations of young Cryptians of high ability and motivation to obtain the specialist tuition, essential equipment and other assistance that will enable them to raise their standards still higher. And not only these pupils but also the whole School will benefit – for these richly talented pupils become the main thrust in the School orchestra or the School dramatic productions or the School teams, or go on to recognise the school as turning out high academic achievers. Such high levels of achievement are essential if the Crypt School is to continue to attract the most able boys and girls from the widest social background.

So whether it is by making an annual donation, or writing a codicil to your will, making a final bequest to the fund, you can be assured that those funds will help some budding young Cryptian towards achieving their potential and preserving the traditions of such a great school.

Thank you in advance for your continuing support.

Richard Browning – Chairman, Bursary Trustees.

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