School News

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.


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.

An afternoon at the School

The Headmaster and Chair of Governors would like to invite all Old Cryptians to an afternoon at Podsmead, to celebrate The Past, The Present and The Future of The Crypt School on Friday, 23rd June at 12 noon.  See details here:  OC Afternoon June 2017

The School would like to see as many Old Cryptians as possible – those who left many years ago and those who left a few years ago – all are most welcome.  If you are in contact with other OCs who are not members of the Old Cryptians’ Club – please do pass the message on.

For catering purposes please contact the School Office (01452 530291) if you intend to come to this special event.

School Results 2016

The excellent results achieved by Crypt School pupils in the 2016 Exams can be found here.

Invitation to the Carol Service

The annual Crypt School Carol Service will be held at St. Barnabas Church, Stroud Road, Gloucester on Tuesday, 16th December at 7.00 p.m..  The Headmaster has kindly invited Old Cryptians so if you would like to attend, please email your address to Sue Wales (Headmaster’s Secretary) to receive one or more tickets.   (

Headmaster will move to Plymouth

The Headmaster, Jonathan Standen, has announced that he has accepted the post of Headmaster at Plymouth College.  He will leave the Crypt School at Easter 2015 and will be succeeded by Nick Dyer, the current Deputy Head.  Jonathan will be sadly missed by the whole Crypt Community.  He has been an excellent Head and leaves the School in a commanding position.  The last OFSTED report was brilliant and the Summer GCSE results were the best ever achieved.  An excellent, new £1.8M Science, Mathematics and Engineering block will open next year due, in great measure, to the Headmaster’s efforts.

The Committee of the Old Cryptians’ Club has benefitted from Jonathan’s unstinting support and he has attended many OCC events during his time as Headmaster.  The Club wish him well when he takes up his appointment at Plymouth.

Crypt School Founders’ Day

The Club will shortly be emailing Old Cryptians with arrangements for Founders’ Day – Monday, 30th June.  The format will follow previous years but with the supper held in a rather special place – the Parliament Rooms next to Gloucester Cathedral.  Earlier in the day the annual Golf Competition will be held at Highnam and in late afternoon the Cathedral service commemorating the founding of the School in 1539.

“Macbeth” production in November 2013

In November 2013, ‘MACBETH’ will return to The Crypt School. During rehearsals for this new production a copy of the ‘MACBETH’ brochure from 1963 was found – and we would like to invite as many as possible of the original cast back to the School to see the performance! Read more…

475 Book

Howard Allen, a past President and Secretary, and who has a long association with the Club is compiling a book in anticipation of the 475th anniversary of the Crypt School in 2014. He would very much like to hear from anyone who has photographs (particularly the modern era) to contribute to this publication.

Michael Holmes, Headmaster 1969 – 1990

Former Gloucester headteacher Michael Holmes has died, aged 78.

Mr Holmes, who lived in Hucclecote, was the head of The Crypt School from 1969 until his retirement in 1990. He passed away peacefully on May 10 after a long battle with cancer.

Born in Essex in 1927, Mr Holmes attended the local grammar school in Earls Colne. After leaving school he went on to join the Royal Corps of Signals and served in the Middle East with the cipher section during the Second World War. At the end of the conflict, Mr Holmes returned to the UK and signed up to Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he studied for a degree in history followed by a diploma in education.

His career in teaching began soon after with the appointment to a post at Reigate Grammar School. He went on to teach at Chichester High School for Boys, where he was deputy head teacher.

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David Lamper Resigns

David Lamper, the Head since 2000 has resigned and will leave at the end of the 2006/07 school year. The letter to parents from the Chair of the Governors is reproduced below.

8th March, 2007

Dear Parents,

I am both delighted and sad to inform you that David Lamper, Headmaster, has been offered and accepted the post as Headmaster of Kent College in Canterbury, a large independent school, from September 2007.

Mr. Lamper has been with the school for almost 8 years and during that time the school has gone from strength to strength. The academic performance of students has improved year on year, school finances are strong, and the school continues to invest heavily in the curriculum. It is very much in evidence around the school and we have also been able to invest significantly in the fabric of the buildings, but recognising that we still have more to do. This has been an exciting time for The Crypt School, if not worrying from time to time, particularly when the school was threatened with closure by the County Council. The Head’s hand on the helm has been steady during these troubled times and we have now steered into clear blue water, with many exciting opportunities ahead.

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