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 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 year students undertake four AS-level courses, and all sit the AS examinations in the summer of the Lower sixth year. In the upper sixth year students continue with three or four subjects to A-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 A-level 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.