Outwood Academy Ripon

Outwood Academy Ripon is a small mixed secondary school and sixth form with academy status situated in the city of Ripon, in North Yorkshire, England. It provides for children ages 11 to 18, and had an enrolment of 656 pupils in 2018.[1]

Outwood Academy Ripon
Clotherholme Road

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Coordinates54.1368°N 1.5390°W / 54.1368; -1.5390
Motto"Students First"
Local authorityNorth Yorkshire
Department for Education URN137412 Tables
PrincipalGemma Trattles
Age11 to 18
Enrolment656 as of January 2018
HousesAfrica, Americas, Australasia, Europe
Colour(s)Purple and gold          

The school is operated by Outwood Grange Academies Trust and the current principal is Gemma Trattles.[1]

It is one of over 11 secondary schools in the local area, including nearby selective Ripon Grammar School, and the more distant Thirsk School and Sixth Form College and Boroughbridge High School.


The school originally opened as a secondary modern in the 1930s. It was known as Ripon City School from the mid-1990s until 1999, when it became Ripon College, a community school.[2][3]

In 2000, teacher James Kelly was a regional winner in the "Most Outstanding New Teacher" category of the Teaching Awards.[4]

In September 2011 Ripon College converted to academy status. It reopened as Outwood Academy Ripon, and became part of Outwood Grange Academies Trust.[2]

On 11 November 2015, approximately 40 pupils at the school simultaneously fell ill during an Armistice Day service. Police said students showed signs of "sickness and feeling faint sometime between 11:00 and 11.30".[5]

Pastoral care

Each pupil belongs to one of 21 tutor groups, known as vertical mentor groups (VMGs), which assemble after second lesson and take part in different activities. The mentor groups contain pupils from years 7-11 with the exception of Algeria which is purely Sixth Form.

Special educational needs provision

A specialist team of teaching assistants and special educational needs (SEN) managers work together in 'The Hub' to ensure that students in need of extra support are getting it. Teachers from the Hub will mentor students either on site in the Hub or in the students lessons alongside the main class teacher.

The Bridge operate a 'Bridge Pass' scheme where students in lessons feel like they need a time out or extra support can complete the rest in the Bridge.


  1. "Outwood Academy Ripon". get-information-schools.service.gov.uk. Department for Education. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  2. "FEATURE: Secondary education in Ripon". Ripon Gazette. Johnston Publishing. 20 December 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  3. "Ripon College". EduBase. Department for Education. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  4. "In with a bang". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. 31 October 2000. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  5. "School pupils collapse at Outwood Academy in Ripon". BBC News. 11 November 2015.
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