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This feels a fun place to learn: inside and outside the classroom there is a wide range of discussion and activities (mostly run by staff) and to engage and interest every child, strengthening their relationship with their teachers. Children are enthusiastic about the opportunities provided, reflected in the faces of both pupils and staff. Being bored …

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What the school says...

Yarm School is a leading independent coeducational day school for children aged 3-18 situated in the attractive and historic town of Yarm on a beautiful stretch of the River Tees. A Yarm School education starts in the School's Nursery and continues through the Pre-Prep and Prep School to the Senior School and Sixth Form.

Children thrive in the Nursery's warm and nurturing environment, benefiting from small class sizes, a rich curriculum and dedicated teachers. The Nursery is superbly resourced and provides a safe, secure and stimulating environment for children to play and interact, promoting decision making and independence from an early age. Recognised as being at the forefront of best practice and building a 'can do' attitude in pupils by Early Excellence, Yarm School Nursery meets the needs of every child and ensures a smooth transition into Nursery and beyond.

Life in the Pre-Prep (4-7) is excellent preparation for Year 3 and beyond and every pupil is primed to make the most of the exciting opportunities that lie ahead in the Preparatory School. Pupils are taught to be ambitious, curious and confident as they adopt a lifelong love of learning.

The Preparatory School continues to support and nurture pupils in an environment in which they can thrive. Excellent teacher:pupil ratios and an outstanding pastoral care programme ensure the physical and emotional wellbeing of every child whilst instilling a strong sense of community throughout the School. Active partnerships are built and maintained with all families who are involved in ensuring every child has a happy, safe and fulfilled school experience through regular formal and informal communication, weekly newsletters, parent curriculum sessions and fun community events.

Children throughout the School benefit from a diverse education with expert teachers in French, music, computing, art, design and technology, PE and Games, dance, and chess. The broad and diverse curriculum is supplemented with an extensive extra-curricular programme, regular performance opportunities in music, dance and drama, a comprehensive outdoor learning programme, regular school trips as well as a wide range of visiting speakers and specialist workshops that all enhance early learning and development. Pupils also benefit from access to specialist facilities, including a 750-seat auditorium, music studio, computing suite, science lab, woodland school, floodlit astro and many sporting and recreational amenities.
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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.

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Headmaster

Since 2013, William (Bill) Sawyer BA PGCE (early 40s), appointed after three years as head of Braeburn Mombasa International Primary School, Kenya. Educated at Tonbridge School, read business studies at Leeds Beckett University followed by a PGCE in primary education at Brighton University. Cut his teeth as a year 4 teacher in an inner city state primary school in Bermondsey, London but felt constrained in a state school setting. Took up a post at The Banda School, Nairobi where he was soon promoted to head of design technology and master in charge of cricket followed by his first headship in Mombasa.

Energetic, enthusiastic and ambitious for the school, he is excited by plans to provide purpose built facilities at the prep school and the adjacent 3.25 acre site. The new...

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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
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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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