Grammar Boarding: Ripon Grammar Headmaster’s Welcome, Vision and Mission (Part 2)

In part 2 of our special feature on one of the UK’s 36 grammar boarding schools, we will be sharing Ripon Grammar’s headmaster’s welcome speech because we feel it gives some insight into the vision and mission of the school.

We are looking closely at Ripon Grammar School because it is an excellent grammar boarding school and an affordable alternative to parents who would like to have their children attend a boarding and continue to have access to an outstanding education. Ripon has been ranked top of all state schools in the North-West, North-East, and Yorkshire. It has been ‘named the best achieving school in the region by The Sunday Times for the sixth year in succession.’

The school’s Ofsted reports are outstanding, and we have featured links to the school’s boarding and education Ofsted reports below.

Ripon Grmaar School's Headmaster

A Welcome Message from Jonathan M Webb, Headmaster
Ripon Grammar School’s

It is a privilege and a delight to lead such an outstanding institution. As a co-educational state boarding and day school, Ripon Grammar School is one of a small, select group of schools. As a place of learning and as a community of individuals, it is unique. At the core of our purpose is the education of young minds to become outstanding members of the community, a community we have served since the seventh century and following our re-founding in 1555.

Big Enough To Challenge, Small Enough To Know Each Student

Set in extensive, beautiful grounds at the heart of the historic city of Ripon, Ripon Grammar School possesses a strong sense of place. Boarding inevitably contributes to the vibrant nature and diversity of the school, adding to the feeling of belonging our students so often display. With just over 900 students, we are big enough to challenge, but small enough to know each student by name and pride ourselves on fostering a strong and caring school community within which every individual can thrive.

Free Education and Affordable Boarding

People often assume we are an independent school. We’re not. Unlike private schools, our education comes free, with boarding typically costing a third of independent school fees.

Outstanding Ofsted Report

Rated outstanding by Ofsted for both boarding and education, academic results and ‘value added’ progress are exceptionally strong at both A-level and GCSE, a testimony to both the hard work of students and the high calibre of teaching.

Russell Group University and Beyond

We inspire our students to think both independently and collaboratively and the large majority leave school to pursue further study at university, many to prestigious Russell Group universities including Oxford and Cambridge.

Core Values

The values of humanity, kindness and integrity are held as highly as personal responsibility, ambition and confidence and we are proud of the rich co-curricular opportunities we offer.

Ripon Grammar School Art

Extra- Curricular Activities

Exceptionally strong sport, music and drama combined with an extensive programme of activities, volunteering and outdoor trips contribute to producing well-rounded individuals ready for life beyond the classroom.

Do come and visit so that you can experience just what an exceptional place Ripon Grammar School is for yourself.

If you would like to find out more about the school you can visit their website: