School recognised for pupils’ progress

Some of last year's GCSE students at Ripon Grammar School, whose achievements helped put the school in the top four cent nationally for added value.
Some of last year's GCSE students at Ripon Grammar School, whose achievements helped put the school in the top four cent nationally for added value.
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Aspiring students are inspiring each other to succeed at a Ripon school which is ranked in the top four per cent in England.

Ripon Grammar School on Clotherholme Road has been recognised once again for the progress students make from primary school to when they take their GCSEs.

The latest value added score of 1041.7 reflects in particular the achievement of students in last year’s fifth form, with 68.5 per cent of their grades at GCSE being at A* or A.

Among the stand-out individual performances were those of eight of the students who are boarders at Ripon Grammar, one of only 38 state boarding schools in England, whose achievements showed a value added score of 1039.

The levels of attainment were especially critical among the middle 18 students in the year group whose level of progress was one of the highest of any school in the country.

Headmaster Martin Pearman said the figures reflected the encouragement, support and high quality teaching students received to ensure they could achieve beyond expectations.

He added: “This new data for GCSE results in 2014 confirms the excellent progress made by students at Ripon Grammar School from KS2 to KS4.

“It is always gratifying to see how well students improve during their time with us.

“The middle 18 attainers, who are defined as students with at least one Level 4 at KS2, made exceptional progress.

“They have clearly benefited from the high aspirations of all the students in the year group, including our boarders who perform very well academically and make excellent progress.”

A year ago, Ripon Grammar School was recognised for the progress sixth form students made during the two years following their GCSEs.

Their success at A-level put the school at the top of the 2013 Yorkshire league table, while the value added score put it ahead of the rest of the country.