Which are THE BEST Yorkshire grammar schools near me?

Want to know 2024’s Best schools in Yorkshire? Which are THE BEST Yorkshire grammar schools 2024? This Yorkshire schools guide includes independent schools in Yorkshire and Yorkshire private schools.

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Best Yorkshire grammar schools

Regional rank / school / national rank

1. Ripon Grammar School (65=)
2. Heckmondwike Grammar School (77)
3. St Mary’s College, Hull (92)
4. Archbishop Holgate’s School, York (188)
5. Fulford School, York (189)
6. High Storrs School, Sheffield (201)
7. Silverdale School, Sheffield (218=)
8. St Mary’s Menston (222)
9. Ilkley Grammar School (242)
10. Tapton School, Sheffield (244)

Best Yorkshire comprehensive schools

1. St Mary’s College, Hull (92)
2. Archbishop Holgate’s School, York (188)
3. Fulford School, York (189)
4. Silverdale School, Sheffield (218=)
5. St Mary’s Menston (222)

Best Yorkshire private schools

1. Queen Ethelburga’s College, York (17)
2. Sheffield High School for Girls (83)
3. The Grammar School at Leeds (106)
4. Bradford Grammar School (110)
5. St Peter’s School, York (114=)
6. The Mount School York (183)
7. The Faculty of Queen Ethelburga’s, York (192)
8. Birkdale School, Sheffield (208)
9. Harrogate Ladies’ College (212)
10. Hill House School (219)


Yorkshire 11 plus key dates

North Yorkshire grammar schools: Ermysted’s Grammar School, Ripon Grammar School, and Skipton Girls’ High School.

  • 8th April 2024: Ermysted’s Grammar School 11+ registration opens

  • 1st May 2024: Skipton Girls’ High School 11+ registration opens

  • 7th May 2024: Ripon Grammar School 11+ registration opens

  • 30th June 2024: Ripon Grammar School 11+ registration closes

  • 28th August 2024: Skipton Girls’ High School 11+ registration closes

  • 2nd September 2024: Ermysted’s Grammar School 11+ registration closes

  • 7th September 2024: Ripon Grammar School 11+ exam

  • 28th September 2024: 11+ exam at Ermysted’s Grammar School and Skipton Girls’ High School

  • 14th October 2024 (week of): parents receive exam results

  • 31st October 2024: secondary school common application deadline

  • 3rd March 2025: 11 plus national school offers day

West Yorkshire grammar schools: The Crossley Heath School (CHS), North Halifax Grammar School (NHGS) and Heckmondwike Grammar School. CHS and NHGS have a shared entrance exam and key dates.

  • 15th May 2024: Heckmondwike Grammar School exam registration opens

  • 24th June 2024: Heckmondwike Grammar School exam registration closes

  • 28th June 2024: CHS and NHGS exam registration closes

  • 16th September 2024: Heckmondwike Grammar School 11 plus exam

  • 21st September 2024: CHS and NHGS joint entrance exam

  • 16th October 2024: parents receive Heckmondwike Grammar School exam results

  • 19th October 2024: parents receive CHS and NHGS exam results

  • 31st October 2024: secondary school common application deadline

  • 3rd March 2025: 11 plus results day


How to know if your child is on track to pass?

We advise that Yorkshire 11 plus pupils who are consistently scoring around the 80 to 85% mark (or higher!) will pass the Yorkshire grammar school 11 plus exam.


You can find out more about how grammar schools calculate their 11 plus pass mark here.

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How to get my child into a top Yorkshire secondary school?

Getting your child into the best north-eastern school for them is all about:

  • Researching which are the highest rated schools in your local area.
  • Planning alternatives in advance – since there is of course no guarantee of your first choice working out.

  • Realistically assessing your current financial situation.


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Top Yorkshire state secondary schools

1 Ripon Grammar School
2 Skipton Girls’ High School
3 Ermysted’s Grammar School, Skipton
4 Fulford School, York
5 The Crossley Heath School, Halifax
6 Silverdale School, Sheffield
7 Ilkley Grammar School
8 The North Halifax Grammar School
9 Tapton School, Sheffield
10 Heckmondwike Grammar School
11 Archbishop Holgate’s School, York
12 All Saints RC School, York
13 Tadcaster Grammar School
14 Beverley High School
15 St Aidan’s C of E High School, Harrogate
16 Huntington School, York
17 Harrogate Grammar School
18 Prince Henry’s Grammar School, Otley
19 Stokesley School
20 St Mary’s Menston

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The top independent secondary schools in the north of England

1 Queen Ethelburga’s College, nr York
2 St Peter’s School, York
3 Bradford Grammar School
4 The Grammar School at Leeds
5 Sheffield High School GDST
6 Wakefield Girls’ High School
7 Hymers College, Hull
8 Queen Margaret’s School, York
9 Ampleforth College, nr York
10 Birkdale School, Sheffield
11 Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield
12 Harrogate Ladies’ College
13 Pocklington School, Beverley
14 Hill House School, Doncaster
15 Scarborough College
16 Ashville College, Harrogate
17 Ackworth School, Pontefract
18 Woodhouse Grove School, Apperley Bridge
19 Silcoates School, Wakefield


Top Yorkshire primary schools 2022

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4=74=Burley and Woodhead C of E Primary School, Ilkley110112110333
558=Horton Park Primary School111112110333
690=Meanwood C of E Primary School111111110332
8163=Crossley Street Primary School, Wetherby109112109331
9=237=Warmsworth Primary School, Doncaster107113109330
10=216=Baildon C of E Primary School, Shipley108112109330
11190=St Peter’s RC Primary School, Scarborough109110110330
12=271=Oughtibridge Primary School108111109329
13=346=Wainstalls School110110108329
14=308=Beecroft Primary School107112109329
15=294=Corpus Christi RC Primary School, Leeds109112107329
16312=Westbrook Lane Primary School, Leeds109111109329
17=449=Salterhebble Junior and Infant School, Halifax108110109328
18=460=Shadwell Primary School109110108328
19=476=Silkstone Common Junior and Infant School, Barnsley109111108328
20=469=St Francis RC Primary School, Morley107111110328
21=376St Theresa’s RC Primary School, Leeds107112109328
22=423=Adel Primary School, Leeds108111108328
23=423=Bankfoot Primary School, Bradford106113108328

Top Yorkshire secondary schools 2021

Competition in education is fierce in Yorkshire with a three-way tussle for supremacy between the independent, grammar and comprehensive sectors. Some of the best schools in the country are to be found here — underlined by the award of three Schools of the Decade in the four counties of Yorkshire.

The Grammar School at Leeds, last year’s winner of our North Independent Secondary School of the Year award, goes one better this year to become our regional Independent Secondary School of the Decade.

Although the region has six selective grammar schools, it is the northern comprehensives that carry off the prizes in our School of the Decade awards. Fulford School in York, one of the region’s educational hotspots, is named the UK Comprehensive School of the Decade, while Silverdale School, in Sheffield, is North State Secondary School of the Decade.

  • Consistently excellent results (about 80% of A-level grades at A*-B, and 70% A*/A or 9-7 grades at GCSE).
  • All students at GSAL, from nursery to sixth form, came together on one campus for the first time in September with the opening of a new primary school.

York has perhaps the best education provision in the north of England. Fulford has industrious pupils, inspirational teachers and supportive parents in a winning combination. About 80% of school leavers go to university — 25 of them to Oxbridge in the past five years — and a growing number opt for apprenticeships.

Fulford Minds

Sport is a big part of school life and students represent their school, county and country. Fulford nurtures a strong social conscience in its students, who also show a keen awareness of mental health issues in young people through a support group, Fulford Minds. The school is the second-highest ranked non-faith comprehensive in the UK and had the best A-level results of any Yorkshire state school in 2019.

Nearby, Archbishop Holgate’s School offers strong competition in the state sector, while St Peter’s School, alma mater to Guy Fawkes and our 2018 North Independent Secondary School of the Year, is the top-ranked independent school in the city. The high-performing Queen Ethelburga’s College and the Faculty of Queen Ethelburga’s lie beyond the city limits at Thorpe Underwood.

Silverdale School gained the best A-level results in Sheffield in 2019 and the steady rise in its results over the past 10 years helps it to land our North State Secondary School of the Decade award. The school ranks in the top 5% nationally for progress at A-level and is rated outstanding by Ofsted.

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Top Yorkshire schools

  1. Ripon Grammar Schoo
  2. Skipton Girls’ High School
  3. Ermysted’s Grammar School, Skipton
  4. Fulford School, York
  5. Archbishop Holgate’s School, York
  6. Silverdale School, Sheffield
  7. Heckmondwike Grammar School
  8. Beverley High School
  9. Tapton School, Sheffield
  10. The Crossley Heath School, Halifax
  11. The North Halifax Grammar School
  12. Ilkley Grammar School
  13. All Saints RC School, York
  14. Outwood Academy, Easingwold, nr York
  15. High Storrs School, Sheffield
  16. St Aidan’s C of E High School, Harrogate
  17. Huntington School, York
  18. Prince Henry’s Grammar School, Otley
  19. Harrogate Grammar School
  20. Notre Dame High School, Sheffield

best northern schools

Top independent Yorkshire schools 2021


  1. Queen Ethelburga’s College, nr York
  2. St Peter’s School, York
  3. The Grammar School at Leeds
  4. The Faculty of Queen Ethelburga’s, nr York
  5. Bradford Grammar School
  6. Sheffield High School for Girls
  7. Wakefield Girls’ High School
  8. Queen Margaret’s School, York
  9. Hymers College, Hull
  10. Ampleforth College, nr York
  11. Birkdale School, Sheffield
  12. Harrogate Ladies’ College
  13. Hill House School, Doncaster
  14. Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield
  15. The Mount School, York
  16. Ashville College, Harrogate
  17. Pocklington School, Beverley
  18. Scarborough College
  19. Woodhouse Grove School, Apperley Bridge
  20. Ackworth School, Pontefract

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