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Specialist Engineering Status

Engineering at Ripon Grammar

Engineering is the production of solutions to real life problems using knowledge and understanding from a wide range of subject applicable areas. Initially engineering is undertaken in design technology, science and maths, then increasingly throughout the whole school. Work done in these areas will need to be transferred to the others to enhance understanding.

Engineering can and will increasingly affect the work done in all areas of the school.

Engineering activities

Specific engineering activities undertaken in school include:

Engineering education school

A team of lower 6 th students work with a sponsoring company on a real life project. In recent years we have worked with May Gurney rail, RAF at Leeming, and REME at Catterick barracks. Projects have ranged from stabilisation of rail banking at Ilkley to electronic monitoring of acid levels on re-charging tornado jet batteries.

May Gurney

Students in workshop

Suit of Arms


Trench Drainage Diagram

A group of mainly lower school students have designed and built 2 battery powered cars and competed at a national level. The current car is hoped to be a contender at the highest level.

Car in motion

Engineering team with car

Head Start

A programme organised by the institute of mechanical engineers allows students to gain university experience by undertaking a weeks study including living in halls of residence. Every year students undertake this programme to inform them about their chosen degree course.

CREST awards (Creativety in Engineering Science and Technology)

A small number of students gain a CREST gold award every year by working with both industry and Newcastle university. Students need to put in a total of 100 hours and fill in a log book which is passed by their industrial mentor. The university is then involved in the assessment and award

Healthy SchoolsArts CouncilBCSEngineeringSpecialist Schools and Academies TrustSportsmark