One of the biggest difficulties pupils can potentially face is the transition from Primary to Secondary school. Here, at Crypt, we have more than 50 feeder schools so our induction programme is extremely important to us.
We endeavour to visit every pupil at their Primary School during Year 6 to get to know their interests and to help put their minds at ease. The pupils come into the school in July, have a day of lessons and, more importantly, meet their tutor and all of their new classmates. In September the whole of Year 7 and their tutors go on a 3 day activity residential activity. The main focus of this is to secure new friendships and to take part in team building activities.
All pupils study a broad and balanced curriculum, which includes Maths, Science and English, as well as the humanities subjects, foreign languages, Design Technology, ICT and Food Technology and PE. In Year 9, pupils will begin their GCSE courses in Science and RE, whilst other subjects will begin to teach the skills needed to succeed at GCSE level.
The House system is particularly important part of Lower School life. We have a strong culture of praise and pupils earn merits and praise cards for excellent contributions both inside and out of the classroom. Every month there is a cup for the House with the most rewards and at the end of each term there is a prize draw which everyone looks forward to! Our Enrichment Challenge Award encourages the pupils to contribute to every aspect of school life, from sport and drama to raising money for their chosen charity.
At KS3, student voice is also considered extremely important. Around 25 pupils are involved in the Lower School Council, which meets once a month to discuss and implement new ideas around the school. One example of how successful this is can be seen as you enter the school as the pupils raised money through various charity activities to add seating and a covered area to the quiet area behind the canteen. They also provide feedback on changes to the Enrichment Challenge and rewards programme.
year 9 curriculum briefing 2017
New GCSE grading structure