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Government praise for Ripon Grammar School

STAFF and students at Ripon Grammar School are celebrating their exceptional academic achievements being officially recognised by the government.

Schools minister Nick Gibb has written to congratulate teachers and pupils for being in the top two per cent of state-funded mainstream schools for progress to GCSEs.

He also praises the school’s high level of EBacc (English Baccalaureate) subjects, which include English language and literature, maths, sciences, geography, history and a modern language.

In a letter to headmaster Jonathan Webb, Mr Gibb says: "Thank you for your work in continuing the drive towards higher academic standards, and congratulations to you and your staff for your hard work and professionalism.”

Last year, students at RGS - which is one of only five grammar schools in the country to offer boarding and Yorkshire’s only state boarding school - achieved 95 per cent of GCSEs at grades A*-B/9-5.

Mr Gibb explains that RGS students’ academic progress from leaving primary school to the end of fifth form, known as Progress 8 scores, is well above the national average.

“Your school’s Progress 8 score of 0.98 shows that you are in the top two per cent of state-funded mainstream schools in terms of the progress your pupils make,” he says.

Headmaster Jonathan Webb said he was thrilled to receive the letter: “Progress results are vitally important as they measure how much we have added to the quality of our students’ education."

*Year 5 Open Evening (for 2020 first form intake)is on Monday, June 24, 5.30pm

Top Yorkshire school appoints new school leaders

A DYNAMIC group of talented and hardworking sixth formers have been appointed to lead the student body at the North’s top-performing state school.
Head girl Emma Belward and head boy Jasper Wood, along with their impressive team of ten deputies, say they want to encourage every pupil to get the best they can out of Ripon Grammar School life.
Gifted musician Emma, 17, from Ripon, has appeared in numerous school productions, most recently as Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, and has also represented RGS in netball, rounders and lacrosse.
She joined the school aged 13 and plans to study medicine.
“I am so grateful for the opportunities this school has given me. This is my chance now to give something back,” she said.
Like Emma, keen environmentalist Jasper Wood says he has benefited from all RGS has to offer. The 17-year-old, from Burneston near Bedale, is working towards his Duke of Edinburgh gold award and plans to study engineering.
He impressed bosses at the luxury British sports car manufacturer Aston Martin when he won a highly coveted work placement there: “I would like to be involved in a new, more environmentally-friendly, way of thinking about transport.”
An experienced rugby player, he has represented his school in swimming and has also appeared in a number of school drama productions, starring as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.

*Ripon Grammar School is Yorkshire’s only state boarding school.First Form Open Evening (for Sept 2020 intake) is on June 24, 5.30pm.

Harrogate in Bloom: Plants Needed!

Coppice Valley Primary is entering the Harrogate in Bloom competition. As a school with beautiful and vast grounds, we're passionate about nature and saving the environment so our entry is going to use only recycled plants. If you have any plants in your garden you no longer want or need, please donate them to Coppice Valley's Harrogate in Bloom entry. Bring them down to the school on Knapping Hill, HG1 2DN between 7.30am - 5pm, Monday to Friday. We're really appreciative of any local community support we can get for this project.

Monster Art To be Viewed By Thousands!

In the depths of last winter when the sunshine of summer 2019 couldn’t have been further from anyone’s minds, Grassington Festival invited Year 8 Pupils from Upper Wharfedale School to design the cover for this year’s festival event guide. Given a tight brief that had to incorporate set colours, a theme of magical creatures and the need for space for logos and titles, some might have thought this was too much of a tall order for a bunch of school kids - but not so for this school. At the start of the year we were faced with the almost impossible challenge of choosing a winner from an amazing selection of original works. After much debate we narrowed our selection down to three outstanding designs one of which we picked as our overall winner. The event guides are now in circulation at hundreds of different locations and in thousands of homes within the area. The picture shows our worthy winners holding their original designs. Each pupil received a set of quality graphic pens as a prize.

Ripon Grammar horse riders reach finals of prestigious competition

SKILFUL young horse riders from Ripon Grammar School have reached the finals of a national schools’ equestrian competition to be held at the prestigious Hickstead arena.
Two teams of students from across all the school’s year groups excelled in challenging conditions, despite heavy rain, in the qualifying round of the National School Equestrian Association Championships.
Over two weekends, they beat teams from other northern schools including Ampleforth College, Barnard Castle School and Queen Mary’s School and will face the best teams from all over the country, including Marlborough College and Godolphin School, in the finals at the famous Sussex showground on May 24.
Harrogate-based professional four-star eventer Hazel Towers is now helping to coach Izzy Bean, Izzy Kirby, Imogen and George White in preparation for the highly regarded national competition.
Their challenging qualifier, involving twenty timed show and cross-country jumping elements, took place at the Northallerton Equestrian Centre in extremely testing weather conditions, with one third of the arena under water.
Riders had to be particularly skilful, with the ability to judge rhythm, tempo and pace, as the aim is to complete the course closest to an optimum assigned time, not to be the fastest round.
RGS teacher Fiona Henson, a keen equestrian herself, said that arena competitions were technically very challenging as competitors are penalised for being too fast or slow.
“Despite the horribly wet day, everyone did amazingly well, and all jumped clear. The arena being partly under water was good practice for the water jump at Hickstead."

Chocolatetastic trip for Willow Tree Primary School

Year 3 and 4 pupils from Willow Tree Primary School were recently treated to the kind of school trip we’d all like to go on – a visit to York’s Chocolate Story to learn more about the origin of chocolate.
Linking their recent topic about Mayan civilisation and the upcoming science topic, ‘States of Matter’ it was a great way to bring learning to life in a day that many described as “the best school trip, ever”.

First up was a workshop to understand more about the ingredients in different types of chocolates and in liquid and solid forms. The children then created and decorated their own slabs of chocolate, which started as liquid before solidifying like magic before their own eyes.
Next the children went on a guided tour to learn more about the origin of chocolate, from the importance and history of chocolate in Yorkshire, to its origins with the Aztecs and the Maya.
Helen Winter, Year 4 teacher at Willow Tree Primary School, said: “Our Year 3 and Year 4 pupils had a fantastic time at York’s Chocolate Story, learning about the rich history of chocolate here in Yorkshire and the ancient origins of the coco bean. Not only that, but the trip allowed us to use something we all love – chocolate – to teach the children about how a liquid can turn into a solid and vice versa! All in all, it was a great educational trip that will live long in the memory.”

Coppice Valley Primary on ITV4

Our land art was filmed for the Tour de Yorkshire coverage on ITV4. Look at our photo on our school website, where you can also see our beautiful field and wildlife area. We are in a competition for the best land art for the Tour de Yorkshire. I hope we win!

Ripon Grammar student aims to give youth a voice

A Ripon Grammar School student has been elected to help give the youth of North Yorkshire a national voice.

As a new deputy member of the UK Youth Parliament (DMYP), Anika Schwarze-Chintapatla will be representing young people in the York and North Yorkshire areas to ensure their views are listened to by decision makers, right up to the highest levels of government.

The areas where she is hoping to help make positive changes include homelessness and mental health services for young people.

During her one-year term of office Anika, 17, from Myton-on-Swale, will meet MPs and local councillors and will be involved in running campaigns, organising events, lobbying for change, appearing in the media and making speeches.

Passionate about making a difference to young people, Anika will also have the opportunity to take part in a debate about the issues which matter most to young people, to be held in the House of Commons in November.

Studying chemistry, biology, history, economics and maths at A-level, Anika says that, since the EU referendum, politics is something she has become increasingly interested in: “I think it's even more important that people my age get engaged now so that when they do have a say, they know what their opinions are and how their vote will affect the country."

Run by the British Youth Council, the Youth Parliament is made up of 600 MYPs and deputies from throughout the UK.

Ripon Grammar students get justice after stepping up to the bar

A TEAM of Ripon Grammar School students were among the top young legal brains in the country taking part in a prestigious national mock trial final in Edinburgh.

More than 2,000 students from around 200 schools all over the UK entered the 28th annual Bar Mock Trial Competition, organised by the Young Citizens charity as a way of offering insight into the justice system.

After winning their regional heat in Leeds, RGS was one of just 24 schools offered the chance to try out the law against their peers in the magnificent setting of Parliament House, home of Scotland’s Supreme Courts.

Although the 14-strong sixth form team didn’t win the competition outright, they appreciated being able to experience the cut and thrust of advocacy in a realistic criminal trial.

Lizzie Chester, 17, explained: “The final took place in the Court of Session, Scotland's supreme civil court, and the building itself was much grander than the Crown Court at Leeds where we won our heat.”

Supplied with specially written cases, plus the wigs and gowns, they had to act out criminal trials in the real courtroom and before real legal professionals, including judges led by Lord Leveson, who chaired the public inquiry into the ethics of the British press.

They took the parts of prosecuting and defence lawyers, as well as witnesses, clerks, ushers and jurors in the competition, which is sponsored by the Bar Council.

The students were given advice by Leeds-based barrister Matthew Bean of KBW Chambers.









Richard Taylor Wild life area

We are busy raising money for our wildlife wellbeing garden. Learning and gardening in the outdoors is good for our well being and we are aiming to create a very special are in our school grounds, rich in biodiversity, inspired by The Nidd Gorge, for all to enjoy. We are currently making eco bricks for our eco wall and researching the best plants to attract wildlife. Please spread the word and contribute if you can.
https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/richardtaylorwildlifegarden

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