There is a strong sense of community at Yarm School. We aim to provide a caring and safe environment in which each pupil is able to realise his or her full academic, social, cultural and sporting potential. Our values are based on respect for every member of the community, on thoughtfulness and on courtesy.
Every pupil has the right to look for happiness and security at school. We aim to instil in each boy and girl high personal and social standards within a friendly atmosphere characterised by mutual tolerance in which pupils of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds, of all religious persuasions and of various levels of ability are welcome and supported.
We recognise that our pupils have various talents and differing rates of development and therefore attach great value to every achievement, however modest, which stems from their efforts. Therefore, we positively encourage an appreciation of, and respect for, the work of every member of our community.
We expect our pupils to do their best to aspire to excellence, to be diligent, honest, reliable, punctual, tidy in their appearance and to practise good manners in their relationships with one another and with staff.
Through our pastoral structure, coupled with our programmes for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE), we aim to help each pupil to become a valuable member of society, to understand themselves and others and to develop a personal code of morals that reflect an understanding of fundamental British values.
The pastoral welfare of each pupil is nurtured within the School to reflect these aims. We set great store by the way we care for every individual and seek to ensure that we provide a safe environment where pupils are respected and listened to by adults. Our School procedures and policies have been developed in accordance with legislative and national guidelines.
In the Senior School, our pastoral care is provided through our Year Group and House systems. Each pupil is a member of the same House thought his/her school career and is also in a Tutor Group which meets twice daily. The Tutor, each of whom is supported by an Associate Tutor, is the first port of call for pastoral matters; they have specific responsibility for monitoring the welfare and progress of each pupil in their group. There is a specialist team of Tutors for the First Year (Year 7), but thereafter Tutors often remain with their Tutor Group for more than one year, getting to know individuals very well. The Sixth Form Tutors are also specialists with experience of supporting students working towards university or future career goals.
There are senior staff with pastoral responsibilities: the Deputy Headmaster is the Designated Senior Lead for Safeguarding and Child Protection, the Head of Middle School is responsible for pupils in First to Fifth Year and the Head of Sixth Form is responsible for Sixth Form students. Our Health and First Aid Co-ordinator, a registered Nurse, is available to give support and advice on medical issues regarding pupil health and welfare and the School has a retained Counsellor.
Every Tutor Group also belongs to one of the four School Houses named after the northern saints : Aidan, Bede, Cuthbert and Oswald. Therefore, in addition to fostering a positive year group identity, the vertical House structure also ensures that pupils can form links with pupils across the age range.
Each is led by a Head of House and many House events are organised to help pupils to settle and form friendships. Older pupils enjoy helping younger ones within their House through a variety of social and charitable activities that take place throughout the year.
We are keen to work in partnership with parents to make sure that their sons and daughters are happy and fulfilled. If any parents have concerns regarding the welfare of their son or daughter, either in or out of school, they are encouraged to contact the pastoral team for support and assistance at the earliest opportunity.