“Ripon Grammar School is a ‘can do, will do’ school, with friendly, courteous, articulate and insightful students who are confident, without being arrogant, and have a real pride in their school.” (The Good Schools Guide)
As one of the UK’s top state boarding schools and one of the oldest grammar schools in the country, Ripon Grammar School offers an outstanding education which is free for all students.
Set in the magnificent cathedral city of Ripon in the stunning Yorkshire Dales, RGS is a short distance from the popular spa town of Harrogate and the ancient city of York and close to major road and rail networks, with London being just over two hours away by train. Large enough to offer a broad and inspiring range of subjects and activities, but small enough to know every student by name, we pride ourselves on fostering a strong and caring school community within which every individual can thrive.
Our boarding, like our education, is rated outstanding by Ofsted which reported, following its May 2017 inspection, that our strong community supports boarders to realise their full potential, providing them with a good springboard to the next step in life. Consistently ranked as one of the top-performing state schools in the UK, our excellent academic reputation is second to none in the whole of the north of England and we are delighted to have retained The Sunday Times’s ‘Top state school in the North’ title for the past six years.
Commenting on the progress our students make, the Good Schools Guide describes Ripon Grammar School - in the top 2% of UK state schools for pupil progress age 11-16 – as near the top of the tree nationally: “This is all the more remarkable, given that Ripon Grammar School is not as highly selective as some grammar schools.”
Our boarders, who enjoy constant in-house support from highly-qualified staff tutors and peer mentors, typically perform even better academically than their non-boarding fellow students. Boarders at Ripon Grammar School experience significant benefits to their independence, confidence, self-discipline, and personal and academic achievements, says Ofsted: “Outcomes for boarders, in particular, are outstanding.”
Where are we?:
Ripon Grammar School is just five miles from the A1(M), 23 miles from Leeds Bradford Airport and 12 miles from Thirsk railway station, with direct trains to London taking just over two hours.
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Fees: £3,406 - £3834
The Head: Jonathan Webb
Famous Alumni: Former Archbishop of Canterbury Matthew Hutton; mathematician David Kendall; fashion designer Bruce Oldfield; British Lion and England Rugby Union International Peter Squires; TV presenter Richard Hammond; The Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner, Olympic gold medallist Jack Laugher
Clotherholme Road, Ripon, North Yorkshire, UK, HG4 2DG