Ermysted Grammar School

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Description: School IntroductionErmysted’s Grammar School is a grammar school in Skipton, North Yorkshire. It’s students are boys from age 11 to age 18. It was founded in the 15th century making it the seventh o ...

School Introduction

Ermysted’s Grammar School is a grammar school in Skipton, North Yorkshire. It’s students are boys from age 11 to age 18. It was founded in the 15th century making it the seventh oldest state school in Britain. The school is noted for it’s achievements in Sports, having a high profile and record in inter-schools sports games. The main sports played at the school are Rugby, Cross Country, Football, Fell Running, Basketball and Cricket. There are also swimming competitions, a basketball team and chances to play badminton and tennis. Music and Drama also feature high on their extra-curricular services with multiple music bands and activities, and a dramatic society which works in conjunction with Skipton Girls’ High School. The school takes notable pride in its History – being established 529 years ago, it’s Attainment 8 score – being 71.5, above both national average which is around 46 and local authority average which is around 48, and it’s weekly enrichment activities, being quoted as 46 weekly activity opportunities. 


Key Facts

Address: Gargrave Road, Skipton, BD23 1PL

County: North Yorkshire

Type of School: Voluntary aided grammar school – meaning the school is maintained and run by a charitable foundation which own the school’s grounds and premises and chooses the schools governors most voluntary aided schools are also faith schools practicing and acceptaing students based on a particular faith however Ermysted’s Grammar School is unique in the fact that it has no religious character and therefore doesn’t operate in this way and chooses students based on catchment area, and academic selection through tests. The school is an all-boys school and has a sixth form, meaning it can educate boys from 11-18.

Ofsted Rating: Outstanding (2008)

Number of Pupils: 768

Age of Attendance: 11-18

School Performance - Key Figures at GCSE Results (2019): 

Progress 8 - This score indicates the progress made by pupils at the school between the end of KS2 and the end of KS4. It’s averaged against the pupils across England and based on the results in 8 key qualifications including English, Maths Sciences, Humanities and Languages. Looking at the students achievements and progress from the end of primary school and throughout secondary school. This is therefore a useful comparison and can highlight schools in which students show large improvements or alternately in which students seem to underachieve after their time at the school. Out of the 5 degrees, the schools achieving ‘above average’ and ‘well above average’ scores make up just 31% of schools in the UK, the rest being average or below average. The score of 0 represents around the national average grade, hence a score of 0.62 means that students are achieving around 60% of a grade higher than the national average. With a score of 1 representing a whole grade higher than national average.


Attainment 8 score: 71.5 - This score indicates the performance of students in 8 key qualifications - the same as progress 8, comparatively to the other schools in the local authority, then in England on average.

Percentage of pupils achieving grade 5 or above in English and Maths at GCSE: 96%

Percentage of pupils entering English Baccalaureate: 52% 



Ermysted’s Grammar School welcomes applications from boys who live in Skipton and the surrounding areas. The local authority uses a selective scheme in which all pupils must take the GL Assessment Verbal and Non-verbal test. Acceptance to the school will normally be considered based on performance in these tests. I’M A BIT CONFUSED HERE AS IT SAYS ON THEIR WEBSITE THAT THE LOCAL AUTHORITY RUN THE TESTS, BUT ON THE LOCAL AUTHORITY WEBSITE IT SAYS THAT THE SCHOOL RUN THEIR OWN TESTS…

Some free assessment materials for the verbal and non-verbal reasoning tests can be found through this link:

As always, parents must fill in a local authority school selection form detailing their desired secondary school choices.

Another factor taken into consideration is catchment area, here is an interactive map which shows the catchment areas of the schools in the North Yorkshire area.

Admissions Key Dates

I’m waiting to hear back for more research on this school as no test information is available in terms of dates either.


12th September 2020

Admissions open for North Yorkshire Schools

31st October 2020

Closing date for online and paper applications for children to have a place in Year 7 as well as providing any exceptional social or medical information.

21st December 2020

After this date no changes can be made to applications.

1st March 2021

National Offer day.



In years 7 and 8 students are in mixed ability groups. They will study Mathematics, English, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Latin, French, German, Art, History, Geography, Design Technology, Music, Religious studies, Physics, PSHCE and Physical Education. This goes beyond the statutory National Curriculum giving students a broader field of study to aid their development intellectually and academically. In the latter years, they will be set by ability for Mathematics, but they will be in mixed ability elsewhere.


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