Ripon Grammar School

Name Ripon Grammar School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 08 February 2012
Address Clotherholme Road, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 2DG
Phone Number 01765602647
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Does not apply
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 929 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.3
Local Authority North Yorkshire
Percentage Free School Meals 2.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2%
Persisitent Absence 9.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Ripon Grammar is a smaller than average-sized secondary school. The school selects students for entry by ability through an examination held at age 11. The vast majority of students is White British and there are very few students who are known to be eligible for free school meals, compared to national figures. Three students have a statement of educational needs and a significant minority of students has been identified by the school as having an additional learning need, within the overall intake of high-ability students. These are typically medical needs or are related to literacy difficulties. Nearly all students attend as day students, coming from the town and surrounding rural areas. There is a small boarding department comprising two boarding houses, one for boys and one for girls. Sixty-three students are boarders; of these, 11 students board termly. The school has exceeded the floor standards in 2011, which sets minimum expectations for attainment and progress. The school has specialist status for engineering and holds the Artsmark and Sportsmark awards, and Healthy School status. Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

Key Findings

¦ Ripon Grammar is an outstanding school. ¦ Students’ attainment and achievement are high, at both GCSE and A-level. ¦ Students’ behaviour and safety overall are outstanding. Students show excellent attitudes to learning. Attendance is high, reflecting students’ enjoyment of school. ¦ Teaching is outstanding, representing an improvement since the school’s previous inspection. Lessons are challenging and intellectually stimulating. ¦ The school offers an outstanding curriculum that includes a wide range of optional subjects at both GCSE and A-level and which meets students’ needs exceptionally well. Students are well-rounded, confident individuals. ¦ The sixth form is outstanding; students attain high grades at A-level and leave school very well prepared for further study or training. ¦ Leadership and management are good. Senior leaders have a clear vision for the school and have secured further improvement to the overall quality of teaching. The skills of middle leaders are clearly improving but are not yet all of the same high quality. ¦ The overall effectiveness of boarding is good. The school meets the national minimum standards for boarding schools. The leadership and management of boarding are good. ¦ The safety of boarding students is good. However, there is some inconsistency in how the two houses operate. ¦ Boarding and educational aspects of the school do not operate in a fully integrated way. Oversight of policies and plans for both are not always sufficiently coordinated.