A LEADING grammar school has cancelled its Sixth Form open evening at short notice, due to the uncertainty surrounding the rapid spread of Covid Omicron variant.

Ripon Grammar School was expecting many hundreds of prospective students and parents from all over the country to attend on January 17.

Read more: Happy ending for lost otter cub who wandered into a business park

But headmaster Jonathan Webb said he and his senior leadership team had, very reluctantly, made the difficult decision to cancel given the spread of the new variant.

He said: “It is very sad to have to cancel our open evening as it is always a delight to be able to welcome prospective new entrants and share everything that RGS has to offer with them.”

In place of the event at school, those who planned to attend are being encouraged to visit the school’s Online Open Day, now on the school's website.

It features video talks from staff and students, as well as virtual tours of sports facilities and boarding accommodation.

It also includes a short video featuring Ripon and its surroundings for prospective boarding students who may not be able to explore the area at this time.

Mr Webb said he hoped the online material would give prospective students a real flavour of the unique school, adding that RGS hoped to organise tours for prospective boarding families in the near future. 

Ripon Grammar School was named ‘Top state school in the North’ by The Sunday Times for the ninth year running last month.


Keep up to date with all the latest news on our website, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

You can also follow our dedicated North Yorkshire Facebook page for all the latest in the area by clicking here.

For all the top news updates from right across the region straight to your inbox, sign up to our newsletter here.

Have you got a story for us? Contact our newsdesk on newsdesk@nne.co.uk or contact 01325 505054