The Crypt School

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Description: The Crypt School, GloucesterSchool introductionThe Crypt School is a grammar school for boys and girls located in the Podsmead area of Gloucester. The school, which was founded in the 16th century, ha ...

The Crypt School, Gloucester

School introduction

The Crypt School is a grammar school for boys and girls located in the Podsmead area of Gloucester. The school, which was founded in the 16th century, has a long history as a boys’ school, but has been fully coeducational since 2018. The school moved to its present site in the 1940s. The Crypt School now has 1050 students aged 11 to 18.

The Crypt School is an academy, meaning it has more control over its curriculum than most schools.

The extracurricular provision at The Crypt School is extensive, with facilities including the largest non-commercial stage in Gloucestershire. In music, there is a selection of choirs, orchestras and musical ensembles students can join. In sports, the school boasts a large number of teams and a Sports Academy programme for the most talented students. Sports facilities include a sports hall, newly opened tennis and netball courts as well as football and rugby pitches and cricket fields. Sports teams regularly undertake tours, including overseas.

The Crypt School is in the process of creating a primary school that will be connected to the existing secondary school.

School performance

At GCSE in 2019, the results at The Crypt School were in the top 10% of all schools nationally. 91% of students achieved a 5 or higher in both English and mathematics, while 65% of students achieved at least five grades 7-9.

The school’s Progress 8 score was 0.66, meaning that pupils achieve, on average, two thirds of a grade higher per subject in their GCSE examinations than other pupils with the same prior attainment.

At A-level in 2019 the average grade was B, with every third grade an A or A*. The school has been in the top 20% of schools nationally for A-level results in each of the last three years. In 2020, 97 out of 147 leavers went straight to university, while 22 leavers began apprenticeships.

Admissions information

The Crypt School will admit 150 students for entry into Year 7 in 2022. Interested parents must apply for their child to sit the school’s own admissions test, known as the Grammar School Test, the year before their proposed entry into Year 7. The registration window is in May and June, and the exam takes place in September. Students must pass this test to the required standard in order to be considered for a place.

Parents must also put The Crypt School as one of their choices on the Common Application Form of their Local Authority. Generally, 11+ results will be sent to parents in advance of the CAF deadline, so parents whose child does not pass the 11+ Exam should not apply to The Crypt School.

If there are more applicants who pass the test than there are places at the school priority is given to pupils who receive Pupil Premium and the children for school staff. Otherwise places are awarded purely in order of 11+ Exam scores.

Unsuccessful applicants who passed the 11+ Test are placed on a waiting list maintained by Gloucestershire County Council.

It is also possible to join The Crypt School for Sixth Form. Each year, the school admits 25 external candidates, who must meet a set of minimum GCSE results. An application form is made available each year on the school website, and a Sixth Form open evening is also held.

Admissions timeline

May 17 – June 30 2021

Parents hoping to apply for 2022 entry for their child must register them for the Entrance Test. The registration form will be available on the school website.

September 11 2021

All applicants sit the Entrance Test at The Crypt School in Gloucester.

October 2021

Parents receive their child’s 11+ results

Late October 2021

Parents must name The Crypt School on their Common Application Form and submit it to their Local Authority.

March 1 2022

Successful applicants are given offers to study at the school. Unsuccessful applicants who passed the 11+ Exam are placed on a waiting list.


11+ Examination

The Grammar School Test uses the CEM 11+ exam, which involves maths, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning. The exam consists of two papers, each lasting an hour. Within each paper there may be several individually timed sections; candidates will be told how much time they have for each section before that section begins. All questions are multiple-choice. Test scores are standardised based on the applicant’s age.

Sample test papers

CEM, the exam provider, has published familiarisation booklets for the maths and non-verbal reasoning parts of the exam. For the verbal reasoning component they have produced separate familiarisation booklets for comprehension questions and word choice questions.

Think Academy UK has compiled a guide to the CEM Assessment, which includes a great range of free resources and sample test papers.

Additional information

-        Location: The Crypt School is located in the Podsmead area of Gloucester, one mile from the city centre. The school is surrounded by extensive grounds, and the playing fields are next to the school.

-        House system: The Crypt School operates a system of five houses. Every pupil is allocated a House as they join the school, and represent their House in competitions.

Frequently asked questions

Does The Crypt School have a catchment area?

No. Places are awarded purely based on 11+ results, regardless of where applicants live.

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