Ripon Grammar School is a selective co-educational state grammar school with an intake largely from the catchment area of Ripon. It is also a maintained boarding school, with approximately 12% of the sixth form being boarders.
The sixth form as a whole numbers around 300, and offers an academic curriculum consisting of AS and A-levels. Just over 20 subjects are on offer. Set sizes are between 18 and 25 students for certain subjects such as mathematics, the sciences and psychology, but smaller for subjects such as music.
Lower sixth students undertake four A Level courses and, in the upper sixth, they continue with three or four subjects, as well as having the option to undertake an EPQ if they choose to do so.
A range of assessment information, including subject tests and mock examinations throughout the year, are used by each department to arrive at their predicted UCAS grade for each student.