Mission statement

We aim to create a stimulating, caring and rewarding school environment where every student is valued and supported to ensure they fulfill their potential, where they are happy and where they feel encouraged to achieve.


A sense of community and the importance of every individual within that community are central to our ethos. We seek to bring pupils together to share as many experiences as possible, for example, in morning assembly when the whole school comes together to celebrate our collective life. We recognise the importance of family support in helping our young people to achieve and throughout the year there are a number of special events when pupils, staff, parents, friends and colleagues of the school are invited to join together as a wider school community. Events such as Speech Day, Lower School Prizegiving, the Carol Service, Sports Day and the Commemoration Service in Ripon Cathedral, which brings to an end each school year, are examples of such occasions. The School's Parents' Association plays an active role in building our community through events, supporting staff in school and developing closer links between the school and industry.

We have high standards of academic performance and also high expectations of our students, coupled with long term aspirations for their success in later life. However, we also believe in a rounded education where young people are able to develop their talents, explore new opportunities and nurture a range of skills outside the normal curriculum, in sport, drama and music, in science, business and in leadership roles. The school boasts high achievers in a wide variety of activities and we seek to support this as much as possible through ambitious productions, packed fixture lists, access to music groups, foreign exchanges, day trips and residential visits. The life of a pupil who joins Ripon Grammar School is challenging, varied and immensely rewarding.

Ripon Grammar School is central to the local community and we aim to engender a spirit of giving among our pupils. Our Annual Charity Week, rather like a university Rag Week, involves every member of the school in a weird and wonderful range of activities designed to raise funds for a chosen charity. Large numbers of Sixth Form students engage in a variety of social service projects under the guidance of the Ripon Council For Voluntary Services.

We believe in developing the next generation of young leaders. Our large Sixth Form offers senior pupils a variety of positions of responsibility. Younger pupils benefit from opportunities to be School Prefects, Form Prefects and House Captains.

Please read our School Improvement Plan.