“It’s a warm and friendly place and I was made to feel very welcome. The sixth formers helped me find my way around school. It was good knowing people from the other years.” “The food is great. We get snacks when we come back from school and we are able to have free time before tea. There are always enough people for a game of football.” “I feel I’ve gained a lot from boarding. The first thing I noticed was how friendly everyone is here. After a hard day at school, you come into the house, and everyone is there for you. It’s fun and prepared you gradually for university where you live away from home and have to fend for yourself.” “Living and mixing with the boys in the boarding house has made it easy for me to adjust to life at RGS. The other lads explained the routine and have introduced me to their friends. It is easy to get to know the other sixth formers. Being on site after school, I have been able to keep in touch with my family abroad through the internet facilities in the library.”

Introduction to Boarding

Ripon Grammar School is Yorkshire’s only state-run boarding school. The school is a member of the State Boarding Schools Association and our headmaster Mr Pearman serves on the national committee of the SBSA.

State boarding schools provide high quality boarding at the lowest possible cost and, as such, are becoming increasingly popular. Education at Ripon Grammar School is free; families only pay the cost of boarding, with fees that are considerably lower than independent boarding schools. The combination of the excellent state-funded education and a stable boarding community enables pupils to make the most of their talents and abilities.

We offer warm and comfortable accommodation for up to 100 girls and boys on either a weekly or termly basis. Our two boarding houses are located in 23 acres of beautiful grounds. School House for boys and Johnson House for girls are well staffed at the appropriate level with a mixture of teaching and non-teaching staff who work together to promote and safeguard the welfare of our boarders in an atmosphere of commitment to equal opportunities and sensitivity to individual needs. Boarders are registered with a local doctors’ surgery and dentist, and clear procedures are in place for the management and administration of any medication pupils need.

Johnson House

Johnson House caters for up to fifty girls aged 11-18. The main building provides comfortable accommodation for our students 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 bed rooms which are occupied by some lower sixth students. All the rooms have access to wi-fi connection.

In addition to the main building, the upper sixth students are offered accommodation in a state-of-the art, £1.2m extension which was opened in September 2015 and which provides single rooms for sixth form girls. All rooms have access to wi-fi connection and offer the students a taste of pre-university living. Upper-sixth form students are given priority and remaining rooms are then made available to the lower-sixth.

There are wash basins in each room with toilets and shower/bathroom nearby. Laundry is done for the students. There are student kitchens and lounges in both the sixth form extension and in the main building where students can relax and meet with their friends.

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. Boarders have access to computers in the house, with internet access.

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

School House

School House caters for up to fifty boys aged 11-18.

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 main school 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 which access to nearby showers/bathrooms. The senior students are able to study in their bedrooms and are able to access to the house wi-fi.

The sixth form students have access to single rooms each with a study area. There are numerous showers and washrooms close by to all the accommodation.

School House is part of the main school building and boys are able to take advantage of the excellent school library and access to a suite of computers.

We aim to provide our boarders with a real home, where they feel safe and secure.