Yarm School was founded in 1978 when a group of parents formed the Cleveland Independent School Trust and acquired the buildings and grounds of the old Yarm Grammar School site. The School quickly established itself and its numbers grew. This early success brought rapid development and, before long, the School had outgrown its accommodation.

In September 1980 the School acquired and moved into The Friarage, which is today the focus of the Senior School site. New facilities were added in quick succession: a Humanities block in 1988 and in 1992 a Sports Hall, a Theatre and the Modern Languages block. The Science and Technology Centre was completed in 1996 and the Music School in 1997.

A new Sixth Form Library and Careers Department were created in 2000 and in 2001 the Sixth Form Centre was added, which was completely refurbished in 2009. An Astroturf all-weather pitch was laid in 2002 and a further floodlit, all-weather sports facility in 2009.

By September 1996 the whole of the Senior School was accommodated at The Friarage giving the Preparatory School, which was opened in 1991, and its Early School exclusive use of the old Grammar School site. The Senior School now has over 650 pupils, with approximately 200 of these in the Sixth Form. There are some 60 teachers in the Senior School and a further 22 in the Preparatory School which accommodates 320 pupils. 

Fascinating stories of Yarm School's Early Days

Mr Neville Tate recounts his memories of 20 years as Yarm School's Headmaster in his book 'A Story to be Told' (£9.95),. His charm, wit and spirit of adventure are evident throughout, and this illuminating insight into Yarm School makes a fascinating read. To get a copy please call the School Office on 01642 786023.


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