PE & Sport
The school offers some of the best facilities across the county for sport. With a new refurbished sports hall and fitness suite, students are able to access a wide range of activities both within the curriculum and beyond the classroom. With access to a full athletics track and training area and over 30 acres of pitches and games areas sport is at the heart of The Crypt School.
A varied curriculum which is focused on participation and individual progress allows students of all abilities to access the activities on offer. In core PE lessons students will have the opportunity to develop personal and specific skills within activities such as badminton, basketball, health related fitness, outdoor adventurous activity and athletics. A core tradition of our school is the games afternoons in which students take part in rugby, football and cricket throughout the year alongside alternative activities such as aussie rules football, cross-country, ultimate frisbee and softball.
Next year, we are delighted to be welcoming our first co-educational cohort. The PE department has been preparing for this exciting change and will be offering a wide range of sporting opportunities to our pupils. Apart for improving our sporting facilities, we also look forward to welcoming into the team a Head of Girls PE who will be key to finalising the ambitious sporting provision for our 2018 cohort.
Rugby has a great tradition at the school and the school is very pleased to retain its strong links to Old Cryptians RFC. Several senior tours to Canada and South Africa have occurred in past years and a plans for another tour to South Africa or Argentina in 2019 are being made.
Pupils of all abilities are given the opportunity to develop their skills at their own pace and the School maintains a strong and very competitive fixture list, with games predominately taking place on a Saturday morning against other local grammar, comprehensive and independent schools. We offer A, B and C team fixtures where possible in the junior age leading up to 1st and 2nd XV as a senior squad. Each year we enter regional and national competitions, such as the Natwest Cup and EDF County Cup which our Year 9s won in 2016.
Many individuals have represented the Gloucester District, County, South West and England Schools, including a strong representation in the current Gloucester RFC Academy and DPP squads.
Although as a grammar school, rugby and cricket are traditionally the ‘main’ sports we offer, we also offer football which is predominantly played during the spring term. We fully appreciate that football is very popular amongst our students and have many talented footballers across the school. During recent years, the School have had many successful teams who have regularly won the District cup and competed in the County competition. In 2016 as a school we won the u14, u15 and u16 district cup competitions and the 1st XI team were crowned county champions.
Several individuals have represented the County, with certain pupils gaining recognition from professional and semi-professional clubs including Birmingham City, West Brom Academy and Forest Green Rovers.
Cricket is another traditional sport with the school boasting one of only 3 grass wickets at a state school in the county. Regular success at District level and qualification for National competitions prompted the need to challenge pupils further. This has been achieved through developing the fixture list and the recent cricket tours to Barbados. As a school we will be touring Barbados again in 2017 with our senior squad.
Our relationship with Gloucestershire Cricket Club has gone from strength to strength in recent years and coaches now come into school to support a number of teams and practices. Coaches work with a number of individuals and small groups of students on a regular basis to further develop their cricket skills and specific techniques within batting, bowling and fielding. The school share its facilities and pavilion with the AIW CC who play in the Gloucester Premier Division.
Immediately adjacent to the school is Blackbridge Jubilee Athletics Track. This facility is managed and maintained by a small group of volunteers who have formed a charity for this purpose and we are fortunate enough to have free access to this during school hours.
Crypt pupils benefit greatly from this facility both in lessons and during their extra-curricular sessions. Pupils have the opportunity to compete for the School with individuals and teams regularly gaining regional and national recognition. As a school we have seen huge success within the ESAA National Track & Field competition, reaching the regional final for a number of consecutive years.
Athletics is a real area of expertise amongst the coaches with two of our own members of staff competing at international level in their chosen events as well as coaches from Gloucester Athletics Club coming into training sessions to support students. The School also utilises the club-school link with Gloucester Athletics Club, with many pupils training there and accessing further athletics with the club.
Strength & Conditioning
With a new fitness suite and through links with Athlete Academy the provision for Strength and Conditioning has been significantly enhanced throughout the PE department. Our aim is to challenge students of all abilities whether that is to improve basic functional movement or supporting our most able athletes to reach new levels of performance within their chosen sport. Strength and conditioning underpins every competitive sport but more importantly is vital for all students to understand and strive for a balanced healthy lifestyle.
Functional Movement Pathway
A clear pathway has been designed to encourage all students to develop key movement literacy skills. The pathway also allows students to be identified for the Crypt Sports Academy which supports our more able students and challenges students on a 1:1 basis. For more information please access the functional movement and S&C overview below.
Fixtures, Practices & Results
We offer an extensive range of clubs and practices each week with 100s of students taking part in sport outside of the classroom. Students are proud to represent the school and commit to weekly training and competitive fixtures. Alongside the competitive side of sport we also offer the opportunity for students to access Strength and Conditioning training through the Personal Development group and a number of other clubs and practices. A full overview the clubs which run on a weekly basis can be seen below
The PE Department use the school sport website to organise, manage and inform people of fixtures and results on a weekly basis. All the latest information about our sports fixtures can be found on the following: