The School’s vision is derived from the Latin motto “Floreat Schola Cryptiensis”: floreat means “to flourish” and at The Crypt we wish all our pupils and our young adults in the sixth form, as well as our staff, to flourish in all that they do both in school, and in their later adult lives.
In addition to academic success, an important part of Crypt Sixth Form life is preparing students to be successful in the world once they leave us. This means providing a range of experiences for leadership and responsibility, enabling students to have future CVs and applications that really give them the EDGE and set them apart from the crowd.
The student handbook gives an overview of how things work in the Crypt Sixth Form
Student Support and Pastoral Care
For many students, the transition from GCSE’s to A Levels can be challenging. So Crypt is committed to offering support to do as much as possible to ensure the academic and personal well-being of every individual student.
Sixth Form Team
The Director of Post 16 Education, Mr Rob Biggs will oversee your progress in the Sixth Form and he is ably supported by an innovative, specialist team. Our Assistant Heads of Sixth Form, Miss Meghan Hayes and Mr Matthew Bevan, are Heads of Year 12 and 13 respectively.
Their work is supported by Mrs Eileen Price as the Sixth Form Pastoral Support Worker and Administrative Officer, Mrs Sarah Troy is our Pastoral Support Worker and Mrs Deborah Jordan is the school Librarian and Sixth Form supervised study teacher.
All students are assigned to a Tutor Group (and a House), led by a Form Tutor who they will meet twice each day, giving them the opportunity to discuss both academic and pastoral matters. Tutors should be the first point of contact for students and families should personal matters affect any student’s learning. We have a thorough programme of tutor time activities which include assemblies, wellbeing Wednesday sessions, career support, quizzes and public speaking opportunities.
Through our tutor team, HOY, Pastoral support worker and school counsellor, you will be cared for in our supportive and welcoming environment. see link
The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund is money provided by the government for schools to support disadvantaged students to overcome financial barriers to participation in education.
A bursary is money that you, or Crypt on your behalf, can use to pay for things like trips, books, equipment, transport, lunch and Sixth Form uniform. For more information on eligibility and how we can support your application, please see the Bursary application form and Bursary Policy.
Year 12 and 13 Personal Development journeys can be found here:
The Crypt EDGE Employability Award:
Programme, Activities and More...
We run the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, World Challenge and opportunities to work or undertake charity projects abroad. Tell us what you have in mind – we’ll see what we can do to support you!
On a Wednesday afternoon, students enjoy the Enrichment programme. It is designed to develop students’ employability skills and to let students have some fun! With a wide range of activities, every student has ample opportunity to broaden their interest base and learn new skills.
The spectrum of activities on offer ranges from rugby and netball to Formula 1 engineering and cooking. Most activities such as Young Enterprise, Yoga, Chess, Sport Leaders, Cookery, Football and First Aid cover more than one aptitude.
Year 12 students select at least one activity from each column below. In completion of the three activities, students will receive the School's Scholarship Award.
Thursday P5 activity
Lead or significantly contribute to an academic society
Plan and deliver an event
Primary children tutoring
Primary children mentoring Primary Children Programming
Maths Problem Solving
STEM Soc (AHa)
Model UN (KP, SA, NCD)
Media and Journalism Soc
Debating Soc (EG, MWi)
Speech/ public speaking Soc
Hidden Histories club (JH)
Lego robotics Society (N Bayle
Young Enterprise (LS/NP)
Languages Society (HQ/BP)
Rasp Pi KS3 (Comp Sci Soc)
Philosophy Society (MY, MP)
Choral Society (JMW)
MAT/STEM club (DF)
Organise a conference
Deliver a lecture to a year group
Organise mentoring from industry
Organise a house competition
*it is strongly encouraged that students taking economics, biology, computer science, chemistry and geography, and not A Level maths, take this option.
The Sixth Form has a prestigious Prefect team, helping with the day-to-day running of the School as well as with key events in the school calendar. Students are nominated to become Prefects and undergo a formal application process.
Crypt has its own Student Executive, from whom the Head Boy and Head Girl are selected. This significant group of key students meet routinely with the school’s Senior Leadership staff, and impact upon decisions and events that affect the whole school and development of the sixth form. Student Executive members also run the School Parliament system which listens to the whole school student voice on key issues such as teaching and learning.
...we do not do boring at The Crypt Sixth Form!
Many students will take on responsibilities as mentors for other sixth formers or, more commonly, for younger pupil in the school. This may take the form of academic help but is also with pastoral advice, supporting the work that the school itself offers.
Study Skills and Revision
Many students find the transition from GCSE to A Level challenging. Not only do A Levels require higher level skills, but students also need to undertake far more independent work and they need to learn to balance their workload.
In order to help with these challenges we provide sessions on study skills, covering areas such as time management, planning, note taking and revision.
Please see below a Study Skills resource to help you get organised and get studying!
Please see below some revision-based resources to help you plan and prepare for internal assessments as well as the summer exams.
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