“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.”

Why board at RGS?

"Boarders’ experiences at Ripon Grammar School contribute to a marked improvement in confidence and independence, a strong benefit for later life. The vision for boarders to achieve well, enjoy their time and develop their talents is significantly successful. There is a strong culture of aspiration. Sustained improvement in their lives is evident in their achievement records, academic results and higher education plans after A-levels. Boarders are happy and enjoy being at school. They make strong and lasting friendships." (Outstanding boarding Ofsted report, 2017)

As one of the UK’s top state boarding schools, Ripon Grammar School offers an outstanding education, which is free for all our students. With our boarding typically costing a third of independent school fees, we believe we offer an attractive alternative to the private sector.

Consistently ranked as one of the top-performing state schools in the UK, our excellent academic reputation is second to none in the north of England and we are delighted to have retained The Sunday Times’s ‘Top state school in the North’ title for the last five years.

Our boarders enjoy in-house support from highly-qualified staff tutors and peer mentors, and typically perform academically as well as, and often better than, their non-boarding fellow students. They benefit from having extra time for studying - since they don’t have to travel to and from school - as well as the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of first-class facilities and activities on their doorstep, both in and outside normal school hours.

Our boarding, like our education, is rated outstanding, with Ofsted reporting that our strong and caring community supports boarders to realise their full potential, providing them with a good springboard to the next step in life.

Students make friends for life at Ripon Grammar School and share a true sense of belonging, with large numbers of past pupils regularly returning from all over the UK and beyond for our popular school reunions.

Outcomes for boarders, in particular, says Ofsted, are outstanding and they experience significant benefits to their independence, confidence, self-discipline, and personal and academic achievements. You can read the 2017 inspection report in full here:  Ofsted boarding report

Our setting, in the magnificent cathedral city of Ripon in the Yorkshire Dales, means we are a short distance from the popular spa town of Harrogate and the ancient city of York and close to major road and rail networks. We are just five miles from the A1(M), 23 miles from Leeds Bradford Airport and 12 miles from Thirsk railway station, with direct trains to London taking just over two hours.

We warmly welcome you to come and visit us.