Year 7 - Year 11

Intake at 11+, 13+ and sixth form

Admission to Year 7

The maximum number of students admitted at Year 7 each September is 117, of which 14 places are reserved for boarders.

For September 2023 Year 7 entry - applications can be made when pupils are in Year 5 from April 6, 2022 until June 26, 2022 for testing at the beginning of Year 6, in September 2022. See more here: North Yorkshire County Council admissions documents.

You can visit our latest Online Open Day, below. The school hosts an open evening in June each year for prospective students who are currently in Year 5 at primary school and this is an opportunity for families to tour the school, meet staff, speak to current students and find out more about Ripon Grammar School. Tours of the school can be arranged on alternative dates for those who live overseas or a long distance away and individual tours of the boarding houses can also be arranged. Please contact our school reception if required, by email at

Click here or on the image, below to join our latest Online Open Day.

Students wishing to join the school in Year 7 are required to sit the entrance test in early September, during Year 6 at primary school. The tests comprise two papers (verbal and non-verbal reasoning). A fixed percentage of the school's catchment area are offered a place in addition to those reserved for boarding. Boarders must attain the same standard of entry as day students. Any unallocated places are then offered to those students who live out of catchment and who have attained the required standard. Strict over-subscription criteria apply. All offers are made by North Yorkshire County Council.

Please click on the link to refer to North Yorkshire County Council admissions documents for more detailed information regarding the selective grammar schools' admission process.

Please click on the link to refer to North Yorkshire County Council determination of school admission arrangements for the 2023/2024 school year.

Link to North Yorkshire County Council admission policies

Admission to Year 9

We also offer a small number of additional places (usually 9 day and 4 reserved boarding places) for entry into Year 9, following the successful completion of the three 13+ entrance tests in mathematics, English and science. Selection tests take place on the first Saturday in February each year, for entry the following September.

Applications open on November 1, 2021 and you should apply by January 22, 2022 for testing on Saturday 29 January 2022. Click on the links below for further information.

Applications are now closed for the admission tests for year 9 entry in September 2022.

Further information

English assessment - information

Mathematics assessment - information

Science assessment - information

For more information, contact Mrs Judith Dale at

In-Year Admissions

Families with a child already attending another school, in Year 7-11, may apply for In-Year testing for admission to Ripon Grammar School. Entrance tests are set at an appropriate age-related standard in mathematics, English and science. If a student is deemed suitable, and a place is available, an offer will be made by NYCC.

Parents interested in In-Year admissions should contact:

School Admissions
Jesmond House
31/33 Victoria Avenue
Harrogate HG1 5QE 

Tel: 01609 533679

For Sixth Form Admissions click here