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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]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: North Yorkshire
  • Pupils: 929; sixth formers: 300
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day free; Boarding £13,540 - £15,566 pa
  • Open days: June
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 25th January 2023
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 8th February 2012
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

A local school – most day pupils come from Ripon and its outlying villages. Even many of the boarders are from only just outside the catchment area although numbers from further afield are on the rise. Exam results are consistently very good, ‘but it’s not push, push, push,’ insisted a parent. ‘I wouldn’t like it if there was too much pressure and there isn’t,’ agreed another. Teaching described as ‘exemplary’ – ‘they are able to bring quite dry subjects to life.’ Teachers also known for being…

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What the school says...

The quality of the education, the national reputation of Ripon Grammar School and the fact that top quality, low-cost boarding exists means that the school provides exceptional value for money as the only state boarding school in Yorkshire. Facilities are excellent, including, in addition to our swimming pool and extensive sports fields and all-weather courts, a new world-class 3G sports pitch, recently-built sports hall, climbing wall, sixth form centre, humanities and mathematics & engineering blocks and new music block. The level of interest in the school increases year on year, resulting in the school being heavily oversubscribed at all age groups. The atmosphere 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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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 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.

Last time we met this razor-sharp, amiable head he was busy upping the ante on sports and the arts, as well as developing young people as leaders. With the strong academics already a given, he felt it was this more holistic ethos where input was most needed. Having now (and parents concur) achieved that, his current areas of focus include improving post-Covid social interactions (‘social life has frayed so we need to get students back on track’), the school estate (so...

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