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 Post subject: STR or Crypt?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 8:08 pm 
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Trying to decide between Crypt and STR. Am I right in thinking that STR haven't had an Ofsted visit since 2007? I have always believed Tommies to be our preferred school but I've heard really good things about the Crypt lately. Confused!


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 Post subject: Re: STR or Crypt?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2014 9:39 pm 
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Ds has qualified for both too so I know what you mean. To be honest, they are both brilliant schools and we will be happy with either. Geographically Tommies is closer to us so would be handy but if he doesn't qualify for it he will go on the bus to Crypt - less convenient but doable all the same. Both have good exam results, both do lots of sports and have good facilities. I'm confident that they will both bring out the best in him. Personally, I really liked Crypt - it's good reputation for pastoral care appeals to me a lot and I know three families with boys there who rave about it. I've heard glowing reports about Tommies too. We're going to both Open Days which hopefully will crystalise things. Not sure about ofsted sorry. I don't think they are very helpful so don't bother with them.


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 Post subject: Re: STR or Crypt?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 1:31 pm 
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Even more confused now. Went on the Crypt open morning and really liked it. We may have to go back again this evening!!


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 Post subject: Re: STR or Crypt?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 1:55 pm 
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I have a son at Crypt, I have many friends at tommies, we are all happy with the schools.

The music and drama are really outstanding at Crypt and drama is obligatory for years 7-9 which I think is important in terms of development in a personal sense. My son is a musician too so it was a natural choice. The sport there is excellent and they've recently had a sports only ofsted which said how fab it was.

They are pushed academically as much as they are at Tommies I think and the gifted and talented provision is very good.

But aren't we lucky - two such good schools in our city! Any questions please feel free to pm me.


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 Post subject: Re: STR or Crypt?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 3:00 pm 
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Thank you neveragain* - I totally agree, having a choice of such good schools is a fantastic position to be in.
I was really impressed by the music department today and the facilities which they are building for science, engineering and robotics sound amazing!


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 Post subject: Re: STR or Crypt?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 3:08 pm 
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Rare to hear a bad word about either - choose the one which is logistically easier for your family I would say. They aren't close together so one must make more geographical sense. We are a happy Tommies family here with two sons there, but I'm not going to sit here and say it's a 'better' school than Crypt - unless you know someone with experience of both that's too difficult I think.


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 Post subject: Re: STR or Crypt?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 3:35 pm 
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Amber wrote:
Rare to hear a bad word about either - choose the one which is logistically easier for your family I would say. They aren't close together so one must make more geographical sense. We are a happy Tommies family here with two sons there, but I'm not going to sit here and say it's a 'better' school than Crypt - unless you know someone with experience of both that's too difficult I think.

Got to agree with this as a happy "Crypt" mum- do take the journey into account I have had to do pick ups at various times because DC have become ill during the day. There may also be plenty of times where you need to do late pick ups for open evenings, rehearsals, performances and sporting events.


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 Post subject: Re: STR or Crypt?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 4:27 pm 
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Totally agree. Go with the easiest.


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 Post subject: Re: STR or Crypt?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 8:14 pm 
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Thanks for all the help. We have decided to go with Tommies 1st and Crypt 2nd. Tommies is only a very short bus ride away (or even cycle ride) whereas the Crypt would be two bus rides. Thinking about coming home in the winter when it's dark means Tommies is the more sensible option. I agree that they are both fantastic schools and I'm sure DS would be happy at either.


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