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  • Ripon Grammar School
    Clotherholme Road
    North Yorkshire
    HG4 2DG
  • Head: Mr Martin L Pearman
  • T 01765 602647
  • F 01765 606388
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  • A mainstream state school for pupils aged from 11 to 18
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: North Yorkshire
  • Pupils: 919
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Boarding £9,570- £10,575 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)

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2004, Mr Martin Pearman (pronounced Pierman) MA (mid 50s). Read chemistry at Oxford, taught previously at Bristol GS, Merchiston Castle, Stamford and Woodhouse Grove, where he was deputy head. Three sons, all attended his school. Staff positive about their head and his method of gradual, thoughtful change. 'It's the atmosphere in this school which sets it apart', he told us. 'The quality of relationships between staff and students is better than in any school I've worked in'. Parents like that the head is very evident in school and approachable – some sixth form chemistry teaching.

A very approachable, unpretentious man, who brings a wide experience of schools and a clear vision of his school's purpose which is 'to serve the local community with a high quality education, increasing the life...

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