Ripon school is top of the class

Ripon Grammar School has secured a place in the top 20 league of state and independent secondary schools after scooping seven top awards.

The school fought off competition from more than 4,000 schools to clinch its place in the top 20 of the Good Schools Guide’s annual awards.

Pupils and staff at the school on Clotherholme Road won seven prestigious national awards for teaching excellence and results in a range of subjects, including chemistry, physics, French, astronomy, art and design.

Headmaster Martin Pearman said: “This is a superb achievement recognising the outstanding teaching at Ripon Grammar School. I am very proud of both the staff and students for what they have achieved working together.”

The school was also rated ‘outstanding’ in its recent Ofsted inspection and beat all but three of the country’s leading independent schools, winning top awards at both GCSE and A-level. Only Eton, Westminster and Charterhouse in the independent sector beat Ripon, with 14 state schools in the country beating Ripon Grammar School’s seven awards.

The school’s success in the league table mirrors pupils’ rising attainment levels, with a record 67 per cent achieving A/A* at GCSE and nearly half of all A-level grades being A/A*.

Senior editor Janette Wallis of Good Schools Guide said: “Ripon Grammar School has made a stunning leap from last year. It’s a tremendous achievement to leap into the top schools nationally in our awards table.”

Chairman of governors Dr Peter Mason said: “These seven prestigious national awards are further confirmation of the first class education that the school provides.”