£1.8m cash boost for Ripon school

Ripon Grammar School headmaster Martin Pearman.
Ripon Grammar School headmaster Martin Pearman.
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A cash injection worth nearly £2m will be used to build a state-of-the-art new block of classrooms at Ripon Grammar School.

North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) has ring-fenced £1.8m to build a new block at the school on Clotherholme Road, which will house eight new classrooms for pupils including sixth-form students.

“It will be an excellent facility used to help give teachers and students what they deserve,” headmaster Martin Pearman told the Gazette.

NYCC – which has agreed to a £21m investment programme for schools across the county – decided to make a significant investment at the grammar school to replace a number of temporary classrooms in poor condition with a new teaching block.

The new block will be used to teach religious education, modern languages and history.

Mr Pearman, who has written to parents of pupils at the school to inform them of the new facility, said equipment in the new block will “enable teachers to teach to the highest possible level”.

“Everybody is absolutely delighted,” he added.

Ripon City and County Coun Bernard Bateman also praised the project.

“It’s absolutely brilliant and it really rewards Ripon Grammar for its excellence and all it delivers to Ripon and its rural areas,” he said.

The timescale and start date of the project have not yet been finalised, but Mr Pearman hopes the new block will be ready by the summer of next year.

NYCC has commissioned a detailed feasibility study to identify a suitable location on the school’s site and to establish costs and a timetable.

A council spokesman said it is hoped a planning application will be submitted in the next few months with a view to work commencing by the end of the year.

Corporate director for the children and young people’s service Pete Dwyer said: “We are determined children and young people have the highest standards of teaching and learning.”

He added: “We have targeted the resources we do have to refurbish specialist teaching facilities and to ensure our school buildings remain safe, warm and weather-tight.”