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.

Ripon Grammar School is placed in the top 5% of schools nationally for the progress students make in sixth form. Consistently rated among the top schools in the country for results, the majority of our students go on to study at elite Russell Group universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, with others winning places on degree apprenticeships or entering the world of employment.

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 offers so much more than just academic focus, with students encouraged to take on leadership roles and develop wider skills and confidence 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.

Those who join the sixth form at Ripon Grammar School will enjoy an environment which is both academically stimulating, and extremely welcoming.

"I don't think I could have come to a better school," says boarding student Ishwar, from Dubai. Hear what else Ishwar has to say about how he's settled in at RGS sixth form here:


Head of Sixth Form – Mr Terry Fell - Email:

Deputy Head of Sixth Form – Mrs Judi Fell - Email:

Deputy Head of Sixth Form – Miss Laura Anderson - Email:

Sixth Form Co-ordinator – Mrs Emma Griffiths - Email:

"Teachers care not only that we do well but are happy and thrive in other ways too." Find out what else Freya, who joined RGS in sixth form, has to say here:

Sixth Form Open Evenings

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. Closing dates for applications are early February every year.

How to apply

To apply for a sixth form place prospective students must complete an online application form, and suitability for boarding form if applicable. Please Click here to go to our sixth form admissions page. Please read our information on entry requirements and other information here carefully. Please contact Mrs Griffiths at for any sixth form enquiries.


We hold inductions days annually for those students who have been offered a place in our sixth form.