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  • Ripon Grammar School
    Clotherholme Road
    Ripon
    North Yorkshire
    HG4 2DG
  • Head: Jonathan Webb
  • T 01765 602647
  • F 01765 606388
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.ripongrammar.co.uk
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: North Yorkshire
  • Pupils: 930; sixth formers: 300
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Boarding £10,220- £12,260 pa. Day - free
  • Open days: July for first year entrants. January for sixth form applicants.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 9th February 2012
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 4th June 2009
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

There has been a grammar school in Ripon since Anglo Saxon times. Originally housed in city centre under a foundation granted by Queen Mary, in 1555 RGS moved to its present green and pleasant 23-acre site in 1874. Notice boards list an array of musical opportunities from junior strings and guitar to the chamber orchestra and five choirs which perform regularly in Ripon Cathedral and further afield, including foreign tours. Boarders have informal joint weekend activities with day pupils and join local groups and clubs...

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What the school says...

The quality of the education, the national reputation of Ripon Grammar School and the fact that boarding exists means that the school provides exceptional value for money as the only state boarding school in Yorkshire. The facilities around the school are very good with a new sports hall, climbing wall, sixth form centre, mathematics and engineering block and new music blocK.The level of interest in the school is increases year by year resulting in the school being heavily oversubscribed at all age groups. The atmosphere at school can only be realised by visiting and is characterised by a sense of purpose, mutual respect and pride in being part of the community. ...Read more

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Headmaster

Since September 2017, Jonathan Webb MA, previously deputy head at Durham School for five years. Educated at Batley Grammar School and has a history degree from Cambridge. Taught history at Pocklington School (where he was director of teaching and learning and head of history), The Manchester Grammar School and Giggleswick. He and his wife Helen live near Ripon and they have two sons. In his spare time he enjoys cricket, walking and gardening.

He has a clear ambition for the school with an ethos that, in addition to a very strong academic reputation, also emphasises the strength of sports and the arts and especially develops young people as leaders. His holistic view was clearly echoed throughout our visit. He is proud that the school continues to work well with the...

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