Sixth form

An inspiring environment

We offer a broad and inspiring educational programme and encourage independent learning, with exceptional academic and pastoral support delivered by our first-rate sixth form team. 

The vast majority of our GCSE students make the decision to continue their education in our sixth form, with a significant number of students joining us from other local schools and from further afield.

We know from experience and from consultation with our students that if you join us you are very likely to have a rewarding and successful time.

Consistently placed among the top schools in the country for results and progress, the majority of our students go on to study at elite Russell Group universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, with others winning places on high-level apprenticeships.

One of the great strengths of our sixth form is that it is small enough for all students to soon become known to staff and their peers.

While outcomes are outstanding, RGS is not an academic ‘hot house’. Our students are rounded and grounded, encouraged to take on leadership roles and develop wider skills through involvement in a broad range of enrichment opportunities, encompassing everything from charity work and volunteering to sport, music, drama and business enterprise.

We also offer students the chance to gain a sense of independence within our thriving boarding community, which provides a unique preparation for university life.

Our sixth form is led by:

Head of sixth form – Mr Terry Fell
Deputy heads of sixth form – Mrs Miranda Dodd, Mrs Judi Fell
Sixth form co-ordinator – Mrs Emma Griffiths

Central to the support structure for our sixth formers is the role of form tutors. Students are divided into tutor groups and register with form tutors twice daily. In addition to the important support and guidance provided by these tutors, some students will be offered an additional mentor with whom they will have opportunities to meet to discuss their progress.

Sixth form open evening

Our sixth form open evenings, held every January, will give you the chance to find out more information about courses, details on life in the sixth form and on the activities and other opportunities that make being a sixth former at Ripon Grammar such a rewarding experience.

How to apply

To apply for a place, prospective students must return a completed application form to the school direct. Click here to go to our sixth form admissions page. Please read our information on entry requirements and other information here carefully.


During the summer term after the end of the GCSE examinations, we hold an induction programme to smooth the transition into sixth form for all students who have received an offer of a sixth form place. It provides sessions in all subjects as well as the opportunity to meet other students and a chance to get to know the teaching and pastoral staff.