A home from home

"Boarders have a strong sense of community and help each other out. This is a strong part of the school ethos. New boarders commented about how friendly and welcoming it is on arrival. They quickly settle in and start to enjoy boarding life. Staff provide emotional stability as well as academic support and work closely with parents’ wishes." (Outstanding boarding Ofsted report, 2017)

With its iconic Victorian clock tower and 23 acres of grounds with swimming pool, tennis courts and pristine playing fields, Ripon Grammar School is often mistaken for an independent school, which it’s not.

RGS is the only state boarding school in Yorkshire, and one of only 36 in England. Students here get to experience boarding in a beautiful cathedral city while benefiting from an outstanding education, which comes free.

The school, situated in the largest county in England, began offering boarding more than 450 years ago, in order to offer children living in outlying farms and villages access to high quality education. Now students from all over the UK benefit from boarding at RGS.

The wellbeing and welfare of our students is at the heart of all we do and today's two well-staffed boarding houses, set in extensive, beautiful grounds, truly are a home from home.

With a continual programme of improvement, including a recent £1.1m boarding extension, we offer warm, comfortable, high-quality accommodation for up to 100 girls and boys on a weekly or termly basis.

Grade II listed School House for boys and the purpose-built Johnson House for girls are not add-ons but fully integrated into everyday life at Ripon Grammar School, where boarding is at the heart of our community. 

Johnson House

Johnson House caters for up to fifty girls aged 11-18. The main building provides good quality, comfortable accommodation, complete with internet access, in either twin rooms or cleverly designed rooms of four beds, offering each girl individual space with their own furniture, study area and wall to personalise. There are also a number of large single and double bedrooms which are occupied by some lower sixth students. 

In addition to the main building, upper sixth students are offered accommodation in a modern extension which provides attractive single rooms, offering students a taste of pre-university living. Upper-sixth form students are given priority with remaining rooms offered to the lower-sixth.

The extension includes a garden decking area, social space, a kitchen and bathrooms, with easy access to the boarding house prep room, dining hall and lounge. Access is via fingerprint technology.

There are wash basins in each room with showers and bathrooms nearby. There are also student kitchens and lounges in the main building, where they can relax and meet with friends. Laundry is done for the students.

Downstairs in the main building there is a well-equipped lounge with all the trappings of home. A separate prep room is provided for homework and study and boarders have access to computers in the house.

All the girls eat together in a purpose-built dining room and meals are prepared and cooked by a dedicated boarding house chef. Students regularly meet with the catering staff in order to plan and design menus, with all dietary requirements catered for.

School House

The Grade II listed School House, which forms part of the main school building, caters for up to fifty boys aged 11-18. All the boys are able to take advantage of the excellent main school library with its large suite of computers. Our younger boarders are accommodated in modern dormitories, with approximately four students in each room. Each student has his own furniture and can personalise his area. The younger boys have supervised homework or ‘prep’ in the library and have access to the school internet system. Boarding staff are on hand to offer support and encouragement with homework tasks. The house also offers recreation rooms in which boys can play electronic games or more conventional games such as table tennis and football.

Senior students are accommodated in twin or single study bedrooms, where they can study and access the house wi-fi, while sixth form students have access to single rooms, each with a study area. There are numerous showers and bathrooms close to all the accommodation.

In both Johnson House and School House, we aim to provide our boarders with a real home, where they feel safe and secure.