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Strong on sports generally - all the usual suspects on offer and unashamedly competitive. Modern languages and ICT all taught by subject specialists. Small class sizes help enormously. For two lessons a week children can choose what they want to do, and they select anything from horse riding to Italian - a great opportunity to try lots of different subjects and sports. Pre-prep is housed in an attractive new building; classrooms are bright, spacious, colourful, with their own verandas. All well-equipped - a great deal of thought given to ‘the little things that matter'... 

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What the school says...

Yarm School, a high quality coeducational day school, is situated in the attractive and historic town of Yarm on a beautiful stretch of the River Tees. It has its own Preparatory School for boys and girls aged 7 to 11 and a Senior School for pupils aged 11-18. In addition, there is a preparatory school in Darlington, Yarm at Raventhorpe for boys and girls aged 3 to 11.

In our Nurseries, children thrive in the warm and welcoming environment due to small class sizes, a rich curriculum and dedicated teachers. We provide a safe, secure and stimulating learning environment for children to play and interact. The clearly defined and well-resourced areas promote decision making and independence from an early age. Class sizes are small, meaning children receive a greater amount of teachers attention allowing them to absorb more, as well as helping to make an easy and smooth transition into Nursery life.

Children experience an array of challenging activities which promote learning through play and a real have-a-go ethos that builds childrens confidence and self-esteem. We ensure there is a balance of child and adult-initiated activities. In our Nurseries we ensure a diverse education through specialist teaching in French, PE, music and extracurricular activities.

In our Preparatory Schools, children continue to be encouraged and nurtured. Favourable pupil: teacher ratios and close pastoral support enable us to bring out the best in every child. Pastoral care is as important to us as it is to you, and close contact between home and school is encouraged through regular communication and weekly newsletters. As well as specialist teaching, pupils thrive on the huge and unparalleled range of extracurricular opportunities which includes the introduction of residential visits from Year 3.
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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2013, Mr Bill Sawyer, formerly primary head of Braeburn Mombasa International School. Mr Sawyer has worked elsewhere in Kenya and in a London state primary, and he is a very keen sportsman whose particular passion is cricket, together with rugby, hockey, football, tennis and squash. He also boxes as part of his fitness training and enjoys kitesurfing. His wife, Sarah, is a primary teacher and they have two young children.


Main points of entry are nursery, reception and year 3. A scattering at other ages; school tells us they look for average or above ability.

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Special Education Needs

Pupils are offered assessment and support (usually on a paired or one to one basis) should this be required. Specialist staff work within the school to achieve this. Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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