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  • Ripon Grammar School
    Clotherholme Road
    North Yorkshire
    HG4 2DG
  • Head: Jonathan Webb
  • T 01765 602647
  • F 01765 606388
  • E [email protected]
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  • 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..

Long pedigree; there’s been a grammar school in Ripon since Anglo Saxon times. School originally housed in city centre and current foundation granted a royal charter by Queen Mary in 1555. Moved to present green and pleasant 23-acre site in 1874. Cross-curricular themed challenge days, off-timetable, set for years 7, 8 and 9 provide opportunities for leadership, teamwork and problem-solving, working with external advisers. Lays the groundwork for later success as regional finalists in Young Enterprise and Prince's Trust competitions...

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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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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Art & Design (Fine Art) at an English Grammar School (GCSE)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Art & Design (Fine Art) at an English Grammar School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking French at an English Grammar School (GCSE)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Astronomy at an English Grammar School (GCSE Full Course)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Art & Design (Fine Art) at an English Grammar School (GCSE Full Course)

School associations

State boarding school

State grammar school

What The Good Schools Guide says


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 Christ's College, 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.

Academic matters

Exam results consistently very good – 80 per cent A*-B at A level in 2018, 52 per cent A*/A grades. STEM subjects unsurprisingly strong - roughly equal numbers of girls and boys take chemistry and mathematics, though physics remains a male stronghold with school working hard to change this.

Some 30 per cent take up of...

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Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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