It is a privilege and a delight to lead such an outstanding institution as Ripon Grammar School. As a maintained, selective, co-educational boarding and day school, it holds membership of a small group of schools in the country. As a place of learning and as a community of individuals, it is unique.
At the core of our purpose is the education of young minds to become outstanding members of the community. As a school bound by its catchment, we serve that community and have done so since the seventh century and following our re-founding in 1555.
Set in extensive and beautiful grounds in the heart of the historic city of Ripon, the School possesses a strong 'sense of place'. Boarding inevitably contributes to the vibrant nature and diversity of the School. It adds to the feeling of belonging that students so often display.
At just over 900 students we are big enough to challenge, but small enough to know each student individually. The values of humanity, kindness and integrity are held as highly as personal responsibility, ambition and confidence. Above all else, we expect our student s to be leaders in whatever capacity they find themselves – in essence to take the right decision at the appropriate point.
Academic results and 'value added' are exceptionally strong at both A Level and GCSE - a testimony to the hard work of students and high calibre of teaching. Both elements combine to provide a unique learning environment. There is an emphasis on inspiring and challenging students to think both independently and collaboratively. The large majority of our students leave school to pursue further study at university- many to the prestigious Russell Group of universities including Oxford and Cambridge.
In addition to the classroom, Ripon Grammar is proud of its rich co-curricular life. Sport, music and drama are exceptionally strong and the extensive activity and trips programme all contribute to producing well-rounded individuals ready for life beyond the classroom.
This website I hope will provide a flavour of what it is like to be a pupil at Ripon Grammar School. However the printed page is no substitute for seeing the School in operation. If you have any further questions or would like to arrange a visit please don't hesitate to contact the School.