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Parents say the school has a ‘warmth’ – and they don’t just mean the buildings, comparing Yarm to bigger purpose-built schools that are soulless. Here parents delight in the enthusiasm and commitment of teachers for their subject. One new parent told us that for their son ‘it has re-kindled his love of learning which .......

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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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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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Since 1999, David M Dunn BA PGCE (mid 50s). Previously deputy head at Stewart's Melville College in Edinburgh where he ran the boys’ school; first teaching post at alma mater Bolton School, where he was promoted to head of year 11 – a position he held for six years. Studied modern languages at Nottingham with a year teaching in Stuttgart before returning to complete a PGCE.

Only the second head in the school’s short 40 year history, he is clearly and rightly proud of achievements here. Having accepted the post, his first appointment was his pastoral deputy head and together they have formed a dynamic duo of Davids for the last 19 years. He has obviously thrived on the challenge and pioneering spirit needed in the early days, and has deep...

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