We are very proud of the extra–curricular activities programme offered at Yarm School. It is both rich and varied, providing a wealth of opportunity for all.
Our aim is to offer an all-round education, encouraging all pupils to make the most of their academic talents but also to develop skills, hobbies and interests which will stay with them into their adult lives.
As well as the range of extra-curricular opportunities at lunchtimes, after the school day, at weekends and during the holidays, we also pride ourselves on running a unique programme of Activity Lessons which take place twice a week within the timetable.
All pupils in the School choose an activity to follow in each of the timetabled sessions held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
There are also clubs, societies and activities taking place at lunchtimes and after school throughout the year; details are made available at the start of each new term. For example, the Combined Cadet Force is a voluntary group which meets after school each Monday. The aim is to develop the qualities of good leadership and team work through the provision of challenging activities and useful training.
Concerts, drama productions, competitions, lecture evenings, or House and charity events take place throughout the school year, as do a vast number of other trips, visits and expeditions which are offered as a result of the interests, enthusiasm and commitment of the school community.
Yarm School offers a wide range of adventurous activities. Younger pupils are given the opportunity to go on local walks, day visits to classic crags or caves and short residential experiences, to the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales.
Further up the School there are more challenging opportunities and trips which venture further afield, such as canoe trips in Scotland, winter mountaineering, bouldering in Fontainebleau and major expeditions to places such as Nepal, India, Peru and Borneo.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme is extremely popular at Yarm. The format requires pupils to complete several different sections: volunteering in the community, physical recreation, personal skill, residential experience (Gold only), and expeditions.
Such is our commitment to extra-curricular activity, Yarm School has designed its own Yarm School Baccalaureate (YBACC) for First to Third Years. The award recognises the achievements and commitment in key areas of school life outside of the classroom. Pupils qualify for the YBACC if they complete the requirements for the award in all five categories: Community Service, Cultural Activity, Independent Learning, Outdoor Education, and Sport.