Main School Admissions

Open Evening for Prospective First Form Students

The school hosts an Open Evening for prospective students when they are in Year 5 of primary school. This is an opportunity for families to tour the school, meet staff and speak to current students and to find out more about Ripon Grammar School.

It is very helpful for families to attend the organised Open Evening where we hope that you will get an impression of the vibrant school community at Ripon Grammar School as well as getting the opportunity to ask questions. 

The next Year 5 Open Evening (First Form intake for 2018) is on  Monday 26th June 2017 at 5.30pm.

Tours of the school can be arranged on alternative dates for those who live overseas, service families and for those interested in boarding. Please contact the Lower School Office at if you are unable to attend the Open Evening.

Applications for Boarding and the Sixth Form are managed by the school. If you are interested in applying for our Sixth Form or for Boarding, please visit those pages within the Admissions section of the website.

How to Apply

Admission to Year 7

The maximum number of pupils admitted to Year 7 each September is 117, including 14 boarding places.

Families wishing to apply for a place for their child in Year 7 must register with:

School Admissions' Team
Jesmond House
31/33 Victoria Avenue
Telephone: 01609 533679

Please click on the link to refer to North Yorkshire County Council admissions' documents for more detailed information regarding the admissions process.

Link to North Yorkshire County Council Admission Policies

Admission to Year 9

We have had the opportunity to offer a small number of additional places (9 day and 4 boarding places) for entry in Year 9 following the successful completion of the entrance tests. Selection tests will take place on the first Saturday in February for entry the following September. The closing date for applications is 31st January.

Year 9 Entry Application Form

Further Information

Admissions' Policy Third Form

The Governors of the School are the admission authority for admission into the Third Form. In the admissions' process, applicants for day and boarding places are considered as distinct and separate groups. A boarding place cannot be converted into a day place. As an academically selective school all students, boarding and day, must reach the prescribed academic standard before being offered a place. For Third Form entry the School administers its own tests and determines the standard required. 

Note: students already on the School roll are not eligible to take the tests. The anticipated admission number into the Third Form is 13 of which 4 are designated as boarding places. The exact number of boarding places available each year is determined annually by the Governors according to space available in the boarding houses. Any unallocated boarding places will be made available to day students according to the School’s criteria for entry for a Third Form day place. 


Criteria to be applied if there are more suitable applicants than there are day places available. 

Priority is given to: 

1. Those children whose *home address (*see note below) lies within the catchment area for First Form entry as defined by North Yorkshire County Council. 

2. Those children whose home address lies outside the catchment area for First Form entry as defined by North Yorkshire County Council. 

Within each of the broad criteria above the following sub-criteria will be used in order of priority:

(i) looked after children and previously looked after children 

(ii) **children with a sibling at Ripon Grammar School (**see note below)

(iii) those whose home address is closest to the School (measured using an electronic mapping system) 

* definition of home address is that used by North Yorkshire County Council

**sibling refers to brother or sister and includes children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers or sisters


Eligibility for boarding:

To be eligible for a boarding place 

  • a student must be a UK national or 
  • other European Union (EU) national or 
  • if from outside the EU, the student must have legitimate residence in the UK which confers the right to education at UK public expense. 

Where there is any doubt about this the School may the necessary evidence before the offer of a boarding place is made. 

All boarding students whose home is outside the UK, or whose parents work abroad, must have a named guardian in the UK. 


As a maintained school, boarding fees are payable for students who board, but all tuition is free. Fees are set by Governors annually and parents informed of any changes before the end of the Spring Term to take effect at the start of the academic year in September. Governors require prompt payment of fees at the start of each term. Failure to pay the fees by the end of the term in which they are due could result in the student being removed from the school roll in accordance with Department of Education regulations (the Education (Student Registration) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2011, effective 1 September 2013).

Governors require one term’s notice of the removal of a student from boarding. A rank order of boarding applicants who reach the required standard will be established according to the criteria below and implemented in the event of over-subscription. 

A waiting list will be established and kept until the end of the Autumn Term. 

Suitability for Boarding 

Parents of boarding applicants must complete a  Suitability for Boarding form prior to applying. When assessing how suitable a child is for boarding, the School considers the following: (i) whether a child is able to cope with, and benefit from, a boarding place; (ii) whether a child presents a serious health and safety hazard to other boarders. 

Criteria to be applied if there are more suitable applicants than there are boarding places available. These criteria conform to regulations published by the Department for Education and are applied separately to boys and girls solely on the grounds of space available in the boarding houses. 

Priority is given to: 

1. Looked after children and previously looked after children 

2. Children of members of the UK Armed Forces who, because of high family mobility, qualify for Ministry of Defence financial assistance with the cost of boarding school fees.

3. Children with a demonstrable boarding need. These include, in order of priority: 

a. Children at risk or with an unstable home environment 

b. Children of service personnel who have died while serving or who have been discharged as a result of attributable injury 

c. Children of key workers and Crown Servants working abroad, e.g. the children of charity workers, people working for voluntary service organisations, the diplomatic service or the European Union, teachers, law enforcement officers and medical staff working abroad whose work dictates that they spend much of the year overseas. 

4. Children with a sibling boarding at Ripon Grammar School 

5. Weekly boarders with those living furthest from the School (measured using an electronic mapping system) given priority within this category. 

6. Termly boarders with those living furthest from the School (measured using an electronic mapping system) given priority within this category. 

Allocation of Places and Notification to Parents 

Boarding and day places are allocated at the same time and parents notified on the same day. Parents offered places are required to confirm their acceptance with the School, and (boarders only) pay any deposit required within two weeks of the offer being made. Failure to do this may result in the offer being withdrawn and the place being offered to someone on the waiting list. 

[approved by Governors, 6 October 2014]

Schedule for Third Form Entry (Boarding and Day students)

November : The School advertises Third Form entry with method of application and closing date 

Early January: Second round of adverts 

Late January : Closing date for return of Application Form to the School 

Early February : Selection tests 

February : Governors approve the number of Third Form boarding places available for September.

March : School writes to parents of applicants confirming offer of day places

Late March: Closing date for acceptances and deposits (boarders only)

April – July : Appeals 

June/July : New Third Form students’ induction and new 3rd form parents’ welcome.

September : New students start or waiting list.

Admission to Years 8 to 11

Families with a child already attending another school, but wish to apply for a place at Ripon Grammar School should contact:

School Admissions' Team
Jesmond House
31/33 Victoria Avenue
Telephone: 01609 533679