STEM at Ripon Grammar School is a popular and vibrant extra-curricular activity with a host of opportunities for students who are interested in or want to learn more about the subject.


STEM is the production of solutions to real life problems using knowledge and understanding from a range of subject areas and is therefore a useful support, and addition to, learning in design technology, science, maths and other subjects. Universities, colleges and employers are looking for young people who can problem solve, be creative and work well with others, and many of our extra-curricular schemes support these skills.

STEM activities undertaken in school include:

Engineering Education Scheme

A team of lower sixth students work with a sponsoring company on a real life project. In the past we have worked with May Gurney rail, REME at Catterick and, most recently, Quasar Automation, at Mickley. Mr Hinchcliffe and his team at Quasar Automation have given our students the opportunity to learn and develop their skills in a real working environment; one former student has has gone on to begin an apprenticeship with the company.

The Engineering Education Scheme is run by the Engineering Development Trust and students who take part can qualify for a gold crest award for outstanding performance. This year students will be working with Network Rail.


Please read more about our Greenpower club on the Societies page.

Science and Engineering Society

Please read more about our popular group on the Societies page.


This is a sixth form programme organised by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers that allows students to gain university experience by undertaking a week's study, including living in a hall of residence. Every year students have the chance to join this programme to help inform their choice of degree and university.

CREST Awards 

(Creativity in Engineering Science and Technology)

A small number of students gain a CREST gold award every year by working with industry and the University of Newcastle on a research project under this scheme run by the British Science Association. Students must complete 100 hours of work and record it in a log book which is passed by their industrial mentor. University staff are involved in the assessment.There is an opportunity for KS3 pupils to gain a bronze award through the Design Technology club within school.

Arkwright Engineering Scholarship

The school has a strong record for students winning support from this prestigious scholarship, which aims to identify future leaders in engineering and be an incentive towards them further exploring engineering as a career choice. Scholarships have been awarded to Ripon Grammar School students for both sixth form and under-graduate university study.

Science and Engineering Week

This takes place in March each year and sees students getting involved in a range of relevant activities.

Guest Speakers and Trips

We welcome a number of guest speakers into school to talk to students about engineering related careers. Students also have the opportunity to take part in visits to engineering companies, the annual Alchemist Lecture and to attractions like Magna Science Adventure Centre