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The recipe is simple: take cream of the local catchment area, add superb facilities and great, committed teachers and the results speak for themselves. Strong right across the curriculum and no lack of academic rigour, traditional academic curriculum, no vocational, though willingness to tailor courses to suit the individual. Next to River Tees so rowing is big – former pupils have competed in Olympics, including 2012 gold medallist. Breathtaking breadth of extracurricular activities – with every member of staff offering at least one...

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What the school says...

Yarm School is a selective, independent day school for boys and girls aged from 3 to 18 years. The school is situated in wooded parkland in the attractive and historic town of Yarm on a beautiful stretch of the River Tees.

The school has recently completed an ambitious redevelopment project which has transformed the school site. Outstanding new accommodation for Mathematics, English, Modern Foreign Languages has been provided as well as an impressive Dining Hall. Other facilities for ICT, Religion and Philosophy and Sixth Form provision have been refurbished and new all-weather sports pitches and a fitness suite built. Additionally, a dance studio, music performance suite and an 800-seat auditorium with riverside terraces and glass Atrium with Costa coffee were completed as a final part of the project. This development won two RIBA design awards in 2013. A brand new Pre-Prep School was completed in 2012 and new facilities added to the Preparatory School. A new Music School will be constructed in 2013/14.

Yarm School results are consistently amongst the best in the area, but the school offers much more than an excellent academic education. We firmly believe in Educating for life, encouraging our boys and girls to discover and develop their many and varied talents, to become caring and tolerant members of society with a strong sense of values and duty. For example, over 60 different activities are offered by teaching staff in activity lessons twice a week which form part of the timetable and range from watersports to rugby, chess to calligraphy and dance to drama.

The School aims to bring out the best in all boys and girls in its care and to give them the best possible all-round education; to build and sustain a friendly, tolerant and supportive community in which all its members are valued equally; to teach pupils to enjoy their education, see it as a lifelong experience and take full advantages of the opportunities on offer, and pursue high personal, social and academic standards; to support pupils in making important career decisions and to prepare them for the challenges and opportunities of adult life; to encourage them to show a sense of responsibility towards the local and wider community; to develop an active and open relationship with parents. It prides itself on helping every boy and girl in its care to fulfil his or her potential.

The Senior School and Preparatory School were rated excellent across the board in their most recent ISI inspection, available through the website (
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Chemistry at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Chemistry at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Design & Technology Textiles Technology at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Biology at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Chemistry at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Chemistry at an English Independent School (GCE AS level)


Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

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Since 1999, Mr David M Dunn BA PGCE (50s). Previously deputy head at Stewart's Melville College in Edinburgh; head of year 11 at Bolton School. Immensely cheerful, welcoming, energetic and forward-thinking, he is clearly and rightly proud of achievements here. Described by parents as ‘courageous’ and having done ‘a fantastic job’ in bringing hopes, dreams and new buildings to fruition. Only the second head in the school’s history. Big on pastoral care – 'happy children have better self-esteem, learn better and have a go at anything. Treat every child as an individual and celebrate all their achievements.' Two daughters in school and wife is PE teacher with pastoral responsibility for the sixth form.

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