Life in the Sixth Form is busy and exciting with students making the most of all the extra-curricular activities on offer.
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 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. The list extends to more than fifty activities each week and the huge range includes such favourites as Silversmithing, Computer Programming, Chess, Debating, Film Appreciation, Knitting, Yoga and Gardening.
All students have the opportunity to take part in sport two afternoons each week. The major team sports are well catered for with rugby, hockey and cricket for boys and hockey, netball and rounders for girls. Alongside these, rowing is a major interest for boys and girls and a whole host of other activities: football, squash, badminton, dance, tennis, lacrosse, swimming and more. The School’s recently refurbished Fitness Centre is fully equipped and personal fitness training is a popular option in the games programme.
Music plays a huge role in the life of the school and Sixth Form students are encouraged to develop their musical talents through lessons and performance in school.
Drama productions throughout the year involve Sixth Form students either in performance, technical work or directing. There is at least one senior production annually and the opportunity to take part in such events as the Duologues competition and as directors in the House Drama competition.
Yarm School employs two full-time and highly qualified Outdoor Education specialists who organise a wide range of outdoor activities. The events are organised by school staff rather than using external companies, ensuring that the students receive the best experiences with staff that get to know them extremely well.
The School has a thriving programme supporting students in attaining the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Members of the Sixth Form will regularly complete Gold Award during their time at Yarm.
Yarm School offers a wide range of trips and excursions. Sixth Form pupils are able to select longer and more challenging opportunities venturing further afield, Scotland canoe trips, winter mountaineering, bouldering in Fontainebleau and major expeditions to places such as Nepal, India, Peru and Borneo.