Outstanding Grade

The OFSTED inspection of October 2007 awarded Harrogate Grammar School an outstanding grade, the highest possible.

Headteacher Richard Sheriff: “This is a tremendous achievement for all involved with the school. We know our success is built upon the partnership between the school, students and parents, and that without that foundation such an achievement would not be possible.

The OFSTED report emphasises our exceptional examination results but also makes clear that the school is just as successful in ensuring that all young people feel supported and safe and enjoy a rich and varied school life beyond the classroom.

Although we are now officially outstanding we are certainly not complacent. The next stage in our development is to build on this secure foundation and make Harrogate Grammar School the truly world class institution it promises to be”.

Quotations from the OFSTED Inspection

“This is a school of outstanding quality. Students regard it as a ‘great place to achieve”

“Older students act as superb role models for their younger counterpart”

“Students’ views are listened to, respected and acted upon”

“Students say that lessons are ‘really interesting’ and ‘not just about passing exams”

“A remarkable range of exercise and sporting opportunities”

“They know that if they work hard they will do well. Students, parents and teachers are understandably proud of Harrogate Grammar School”

“Opportunities abound for students to make a positive contribution to the work of the school and the local and wider community”

“A very high percentage stay on into the Sixth Form where they know they will continue to do well. High expectations from everyone ensure that there is no room for complacency. There is a clear expectation and drive from the top that all students will achieve as well as they possibly can”

“They leave Year 11 with standards that are exceptionally high”

“Students feel very safe and exceptionally well cared for”

The latest report is available on the OFSTED website;

Minister of State for Schools, Nick Gibb MP has congratulated Harrogate Grammar School on being in the top 5% of schools nationally