The Crypt School

Name The Crypt School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 16 May 2012
Address Podsmead, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL2 5AE
Phone Number 01452530291
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 1003 (84% boys 16% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.7
Academy Sponsor The Crypt School
Local Authority Gloucestershire
Percentage Free School Meals 3.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 11.5%
Persisitent Absence 4.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 3.7%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

The Crypt School is a selective boys’ grammar school with a specialist status in science and languages. This school is smaller than the average-sized secondary school. The sixth form admits girls and students from two local grammar schools. The proportion of students known to be eligible for free school meals is lower than average, as is the proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs or who have a statement of special educational needs. The proportion of students from minority ethnic groups, including those who speak English as an additional language, is similar to that in most schools. The school has met and exceeded government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for attainment and progress. The school converted to an academy on 1 April 2011.

Key findings

This is an outstanding school and one that has improved rapidly. Success is underpinned by a strong culture of learning and an ethos of high aspiration and equality of opportunity. The effectiveness of the sixth form is good. The following comment illustrates the high esteem in which the school is held by parents and carers, staff and students alike: ’The school inspires and motivates everyone.’ Students’ achievement is outstanding. This includes disabled students and those who have special educational needs and also those who speak English as an additional language. Students leave at the end of Year 11 with attainment that is well above average. Most sixth formers advance into higher education. Teaching is outstanding. Teachers are passionate about their teaching and use skilful questioning to challenge students and make them think. Occasionally teaching in some subjects is not as strong because the pace of learning slows or students’ writing targets are not addressed. Students’ behaviour and commitment to learning in all lessons are exceptional and this has a highly positive effect on their learning. They feel very safe in school. The students rate behaviour highly. They look after each other well and ensure everyone is included. The leadership of teaching and the management of performance are highly successful. The school knows itself well. The governing body bring an excellent oversight to bear on school improvement. Monitoring and evaluation of students’ progress are carried out very rigorously and, along with the outstanding curriculum, ensure that over time the needs and interests of all students are met very effectively. The school provides many memorable experiences for its students including charitable fund raising, sport, music, art and drama which successfully promote their mature appreciation of spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues.