"Wednesday the 8th July 2015 saw the impressive culmination of a relentless bid by The Crypt School to take a clear lead in the delivery of quality potential engineering students at both 16 and 18 with a magnificent and unique Engineering Challenge opening Day at their superb new Engineering Centre. This wonderful facility was formally opened by Cllr Jennie Dallimore, Podsmead, who iterated the far reaching words of our Conservative Member of Parliament for Gloucester, Mr Richard Graham MP. Its purpose is to house both The Crypt’s Physics and Mathematics Departments with the expressed intent to encourage full collaboration towards achieving the very highest level of engineering up to Advanced Level and beyond into the realm of actual research which will involve our local universities, colleges and companies.
The prime intention of the planners (Kevin Downes & Nigel Ledeux) was to challenge the notion that engineering is ‘dull’ and ‘dirty’.
Many companies such as GE, Renishaw, Delphi, Rolls Royce together with Bristol and Leicester Universities attended the Opening Day and either displayed or provided real engineering challenges such as the construction of diesel engine fuel injectors from engineering drawings. Other impressive demonstrations included amazing virtual reality goggles by the Composites Materials Team from Bristol, a ‘virtual hand control’ aircraft simulator wonderfully created by GE Apprentices and a rotating full sized Viper Jet Engine from Rolls Royce. Renishaw’s David Collingwood worked tirelessly all day along with colleagues and one of our Estates Engineers, Peter Cresswell, to help the Year 7’s to de-construct old equipment to see how it works. These boys were extremely excited and were already begging for more of the same the day after!
Our own F1 in Schools Team entertained not only our Y7 boys but also some boys and girls from Haresfield Primary School with whom we intend to forge ever stronger links. We note that they have already taken up our firm offer of help to enter The Jaguar F1 Challenge which involves the cutting and building of a CO2 - fuelled cardboard racing car requiring the control of a special silhouette cutting machine and software. These activities together with the car’s careful construction, provides full coverage of certain National Curriculum requirements at primary level. It is good at last to find a primary school to take up our generous offer of help and we hope that a fruitful relationship will further develop. These children enjoyed the day immensely as the many photographs taken on the day testifies.”