Ermysted's Grammar School
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Get into Teaching Event

Details of a forthcoming 'Get into Teaching' event at South Craven School on Tuesday 9 February from 7pm. This event is for prospective candidates for both Primary and Secondary.

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Graham Hamilton - Head Teacher

ERMYSTED'S Grammar School will have a new Headteacher from the start of the new school year next September following the retirement of Graham Hamilton.

In a letter to parents, Mr Hamilton said it had been a privilege to be the Skipton school's Headteacher and he paid tribute to the "outstanding" staff and students.

He said it had been a difficult decision, but after 34 years in teaching, including eight as Headteacher of Ermysted's, he would leave the school at the end of August. Until then, it will be "business as usual".

"Ermysted’s is an exceptional school with outstanding staff and students and I thoroughly enjoy my work here," he said.

"I could not have asked for a better school in which to work as a deputy and as Headteacher."
He added: "However, this is an opportunity to seek a different work-life balance and the possibility of exploring life beyond the classroom."

Mr Hamilton has been Headteacher for eight years and was in charge when the school received an 'outstanding' report from Ofsted.

Before becoming Headteacher, he was one of the school's deputies to former Head, Tom Ashworth. The school consistently appears amongst the highest in the county and in the country for its pupils' performance at both GCSE and A Levels, and is currently part-way through building a new sixth form block.

Mr Hamilton added: "I firmly believe I am simply the custodian of the school, and I hope I pass it on to my successor in as fine a shape and condition as I received it eight years ago.

"It has been a privilege to serve the students and parents and be allowed to play such a vitally important part in [their] lives.

"Teaching is the only job I ever wanted to do and it has never disappointed me. As a career, it has been hugely rewarding, and I recommend it to young people aware of the pleasure and satisfaction it has given me."

He added his thanks to parents for their support and said he would give the Governing Body every assistance in securing his replacement.

The Governing Body has already begun the process of seeking a successor to Mr Hamilton and although his departure leaves a huge gap to be filled, the Governors are confident that Ermysted’s outstanding reputation and the attraction of Skipton itself, will draw a strong field of candidates.

Details of the Job Vacancy can be found at

The school serves the families in Skipton and the surrounding area, including the beautiful area of the Yorkshire Dales. We are a selective boys' grammar school and although the maintenance of high levels of achievement is an important core purpose of the school, we also recognise we play an important role in developing the creative and cultural interests of our students. Further details can be found in our Prospectus.


At Ermysted's Grammar School we are committed to safeguarding and meeting the needs of all our students. The school follows the guidance and protocols outlined by the NYCC safeguarding board. Our Child Protection Policy is available here. If you have concerns over Safeguarding please contact Mrs H Simms (

During school holidays all safeguarding issues should be directed to North Yorkshire Children and Families Service, Customer Service Centre, telephone 01609 780780.


Department for Education Performance Tables
The latest DfE school and college performance tables are available below:-

School and college performance tables for Ermysted's Grammar School.

School and college performance tables for the local area.

Admission Testing into Years 8-11
Our next date for admission testing into Years 8-11 will be Friday 13 May 2016. For more information contact the School Office.

Survey Outcomes 2015
The outcomes from the Parent Survey are available to download as an Excel spreadsheet.

Examination Results
Results for 2015 indicated:-

- 5 A*-C  including English and Maths: 96.4%
- "Progress 8": 0.37
- English Baccalaureate: 49%
- 62.9% of results graded A-B at ‘AS’ level
- 70.4% of results graded A*-B at ‘A’ level

See exam results for full details of all exam results for 2015 and the DfE Performance Tables

This year’s ‘bumper edition’ serves to highlight the activities and accomplishments that the school has seen from 2012-2015 - Chronicles 2015


Read our September 2015 newsletter

Year 12 students
Copies of letters regarding UCAS, Apprenticeships and returning to Year 13


A2 Results Day
Copies of letters regarding Y13 results day for University applicants, UCAS advice and non-university applicants


Teaching and Learning
Videos from 13th July evening available here


Global Partnership with Zahira College, Sri Lanka
Please take a look at the latest reports to learn about the partnership and the joint curriculum projects - Global Partnership


Latest News available on the Astronomy page


Revision Guides
Try the GCSE Geography and KS3 French guides


Comic Relief Cross Country 2015
A short film by Max Nicoll of the whole school cross country. This year's races were held to help raise money for Comic Relief

Sixth Form - download the Directory of A level courses for entry 2016.

KS4 - download the Directory of GCSE courses for entry 2016.

Useful websites for when choosing a career


Effort Grades
The criteria for awarding effort grades

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions.
OFSTED Outstanding