Sixth Form Context

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 6th form being boarders.

The 6th 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 6th year students undertake four AS level courses, and all sit the AS examinations in the summer of the Lower 6th year. In the Upper 6th year students take on three or four subjects to A2 level, as well as having the option to undertake an EPQ if they choose to do so.

The decision to continue to offer AS courses is, we believe, in the best interest of our students, offering a challenging and varied programme of study, and the opportunity through the AS level results to understand their progress thus far, and to make well-informed and appropriate choices regarding their A2 subject choices, as well as with regard to university or other post-school choices.

A range of assessment information, including subject tests and mock examinations throughout the year, as well as the AS level examinations themselves, are used by each department to arrive at their predicted UCAS grade for each student.