At Yarm School we aim to foster a love of lifelong learning. We are fortunate to have an experienced and dedicated staff, as well as excellent facilities. At the heart of what we strive to create is a stimulating and happy learning environment where confident pupils have the skills and capacity to think and learn for themselves.
Learning at Yarm School is about much more than achieving excellent grades in public exams. We recognise that these are only one measure of the educational experience and we regard the overall learning process as key to our philosophy of ‘educating for life’.
At every stage of a child’s career at Yarm School, we aim to offer inspiring courses to engage learners, whilst retaining the flexibility to tailor our lessons to the needs of the individual. We take care to gauge the abilities and aptitudes of our pupils at all ages in order to offer challenging activities for all, whilst being mindful that not all pupils will be moving at the same pace. Further details of our curriculum can be found in our curriculum information booklets.
Throughout the school life of pupils, we strive to support them with the tools they need to succeed in their studies. Every pupil is an individual and will approach their studies in their own way, so we seek to teach them core study skills such as personal organisation, effective revision, memory and recall techniques, and research skills, in order to prepare them for the demands of academic life at school and beyond.
Each pupil is issued with a Planner to help them record and organise their work. The Planner is signed regularly by Tutors and other staff, and parents lend their support by checking and signing the Planner at home
We take great care to ensure that pupils are progressing well and making the most of their opportunities at all stages. The role of the Form Tutor is vital here and our pastoral teams work hard to support every child at every level of ability.
Formal assessments take place at intervals throughout the school year, with increasing frequency as GCSEs and A levels approach. We ensure that parents are involved through regular parents’ evenings, reports and interim reports. Home-school communication and partnership is vital, and we make frequent use of email and telephone contact, as well as the pupils’ Planners.