Ripon Grammar one of most popular state schools

Ripon Grammar School on Clotherholme Road in the city.
Ripon Grammar School on Clotherholme Road in the city.

Ripon Grammar School is one of the 35 most desired state schools in the country and one of the top five most popular in the North, according to the Good Schools Guide (GSG).

Experts from GSG, one of Britain’s most respected independent guides which publishes detailed reviews of 1,200 schools every year, have highlighted those schools with strong academic performance which receive the highest number of hits on the guide’s website.

Ripon Grammar School (RGS) is one of the most high-achieving schools, which a large number of parents are clearly keen to get their children into, said spokeswoman Janette Wallis.

In the guide, RGS is described as: “An unashamedly academic school, exemplifying much of the traditional English grammar school tradition, although certainly not an exam factory.

“It is a school that gives the impression of being happy with itself and its aims, sitting comfortably in its community – clearly wanted by the people of Ripon.”

The guide emphasises that RGS’s exam results are “consistently very good”, with many pupils going on to top universities. The school is also “near the top of the tree nationally” for adding value, it says.

The GSG, which also offers individual consultancy advice to parents, adds that the school is Yorkshire’s only state boarding school and “much cheaper than independent alternatives”. Only five schools from the Midlands and the North made it onto the GSG list. The others were: Adams Grammar, Shropshire; Altrincham Girls’ Grammar, Cheshire; Fulford, York; and Tudor Grange, West Midlands.

Elizabeth Coatman, who heads up the GSG’s state school advice service, said: “I am delighted to extend awareness of the many excellent state schools beyond London and the South-East, such as Ripon Grammar School. And it’s in a beautiful part of the country too.”

Headmaster Martin Pearman, who says the school strives to serve the local community with a high quality education in order to increase the life chances of ordinary boys and girls, said: “I am delighted to receive due recognition from such a respected guide which understands parental perception of schools. It is also testament to the excellent work undertaken by staff and students at RGS.”

Ripon Grammar School, rated outstanding by Ofsted, is the top school in the country for progress between GCSE and A-level and in the top 20 per cent of schools nationally for progress up to GCSE. Last year it was the top performing state school in Yorkshire at A-level.