Had to reply because Crypt simply couldn't rate any higher in our family's estimation! We have experience of STRS and Pates, but our youngest is at Crypt (they are all very different characters, and we thought they would suit different schools).
It really is a superb school, and thus far, truth be told, has been our most positive schooling experience for any of our boys. Mr Standen is the most dynamic, thorough and forward-thinking head and his influence is evident.
We are so pleased for the school and so proud of it. I was talking to a bus company employee recently who mentioned that there are some pupils who travel from Chippenham to then get the bus from Cirencester and Tetbury to get to Pates. Each to their own, I thought at the time, but then I asked my son if he would be prepared to travel that far for the Crypt and his response was "If I had to get up at 5am and not get home until 7pm to go to my school I would do it." I never had such enthusiasm from the others - whatever the Crypt's magic formula is, just keep it coming!
As to the Gloucester Grammar snobbery that Neveragain mentioned, we live just outside Cheltenham, and know lots of boys at different schools, and that certainly isn't the case around here. Pates has a certain reputation, as does Tommies, and they are all great schools in their own ways, but Crypt is very much seen as the school on the up. In our experience it has certainly been the most positively productive school, there is no angst and none of the "You are the top blah blah percentile" elitist nonsense that you can get (I had it at my school too). The pastoral care is top notch, which to my mind takes so much potential for stress at school away that it is probably the most important factor for me now, older and wiser (ish!) as I am.
I'm wittering on, and I'm not even looking at this forum for me! Time to go methinks
Well done Crypt!