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Parents say the school has a ‘warmth’ – and they don’t just mean the buildings. They delight in the enthusiasm and commitment of teachers; one new parent told us that ‘it has rekindled [their son's] love of learning'. Rowing has become a major sport; former pupils have competed in Olympics, including 2012 gold medallist. One parent summed it up for all: ‘nothing is too much trouble'... 

 

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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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Curricula

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

Other features

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.

Sports

Rowing

Fencing

Shooting

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Headmaster

Since September 2019, Dr Huw Williams, previously second master at Tonbridge. Studied anatomy and developmental biology at UCL before completing a PhD at Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust. Completed post-doctoral research at the Wellcome Trust and became a Cambridge researcher. Joined Westminster School to teach biology, becoming an assistant housemaster and then housemaster. He and his wife Laura, a lawyer, have three young children.

Entrance

Entrance assessments for 11+ in maths, reading, writing and spelling. Good school reports also needed – looking for minimum level 5 equivalent at key stage 2. Extensive induction programme for new starters and at the end of the first week, a Saturday discovery day with team building activities rounded off with a family BBQ.

A rigorous process for sixth form applicants - need to have taken at least...

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