At Ripon Grammar School the Upper School covers Key Stage 4 (fourth and fifth form). The head of Upper School is Miss Rachael Clark and the deputy head is Miss Katy Ball. Our Pastoral Support Officer is also available for students in the Upper School.
Each year group has around 130 students, including boarders and day students. Each year is split into four or five forms, depending on numbers.
Students are taught in forms for English, Religious Studies, PE and Information Technology; in other subjects they are taught their GCSE options which are decided at the end of 3rd form. Subjects such as mathematics and French are taught in sets.
The weekly timetable is as follows:
8.50am – morning registration in form room. Students will attend a whole school assembly on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings; they will have form time on Tuesday and Thursday, however this time may be used for a year group assembly.
Form time discussion and activities have a pastoral theme and cover topics which often inform the wider curriculum, as well as supporting students in their day-to-day lives.
9.15am – lesson period 1
9.50am – lesson period 2
10.30am – lesson period 3
11.10am – break time
11.30am – lesson period 4
12.10pm – lesson period 5
12.50 – lunchtime. Food is served in the hall for the first 30 minutes of the lunch break with year groups following a weekly rota. We operate a cashless, biometric payment system individualised to each student. For more information on this, please visit our page on ParentPay.
A number of lunch clubs operate during the lunch break. Please visit our School Life pages for more information on extra-curricular activities, clubs and societies.
1.50pm – afternoon registration
1.55pm – lesson period 6
2.35pm – lesson period 7
3.15pm – lesson period 8
3.55pm – end of the school day
4.05pm – school buses depart. For more information on bus schedule and routes, please visit the Transport page in the School Life section.
We work closely with the Lower School team to ensure the transition into the Upper School runs as smoothly as possible. There is support for students on choosing their GCSE options and there is an information evening held at the school during the third year.
The third year students will become part of the Upper School during the summer term after the fifth form go on study leave. This is an opportunity for these students to begin focus on their GCSE studies and prepare themselves for each course, as well as allow the transition to Upper School to be as smooth as possible.
Having made their GCSE choices, students begin the fourth form with a significant workload of up to 10 GCSE subjects. There is an information evening early in September to set out expectations and to explain coursework requirements.
The fifth form is a very important year for our students. There is a goal at the end of the year and preparations towards examinations and Post-16 options become increasingly important. Guidance for revision techniques and study skills are provided through form time activities and students receive plenty of support throughout the year. Students are given ample opportunity to discuss their destination for Post-16 study and the Upper School Office works closely with the careers department to ensure each student’s needs are catered for. An external careers adviser is employed to provide independent advice regarding post-16 options.
The first port of call for any issues students may have is their Form Tutor, who they will have throughout the fourth and fifth year. Any academic issues, including homework, coursework or behaviour are conveyed by subject teachers to their respective Head of Department. Our Special Educational Needs Co-coordinator can also provide support if appropriate. If matters are not resolved, they are then referred to the Upper School. We look to provide a supportive and inclusive environment throughout the Upper School at an important time in students’ lives.
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