The Sixth Form at Yarm School provides a special blend of grammar school traditions with the forward thinking and pioneering spirit of those who founded the school in the late 1970's.
Our academic standards are exceptional: we expect the best from our students and they rise to the challenge; typically 80% of A level grades are at A or B grade. Our curriculum focuses on traditional A levels—the qualifications most in demand by universities and employers.
Our students go on to secure university places at the country's top institutions, with about 10% taking up places at Oxford and Cambridge, reading a broad range of subjects from Maths and Engineering to English, Economics and Modern Languages. Medicine and Dentistry are very popular courses, with on average 10-15%, of students securing places on these highly competitive courses. The vast majority of leavers move on to their first choice university.
The friendly atmosphere is tangible with a good mix of young men and women from a wide variety of backgrounds. The majority of Fifth Year (Year 11) pupils elect to remain at Yarm for their Sixth Form studies and we always have about a quarter of the Lower Sixth joining us from other schools after GCSE. They all integrate very quickly and successfully.
We are proud of our facilities: the Sixth Form Centre is large and attractive with indoor and outdoor space enjoyed by the students throughout the year. Students have access to two common rooms and a study area, as well as a dedicated library. The School’s location is much appreciated, set in an open site under the shade of ancient trees and nestled by a beautiful stretch of the River Tees yet right in the heart of the historic market town of Yarm. The students enjoy the convenience of having the excellent High Street right on their doorstep.
Life in the Sixth Form is busy and exciting; there is hardly an evening without an after school event. Drama, Sport and Music are very important in Sixth Form life and students enjoy success in many fields at national and international level. We encourage you to browse through our extra-curricular pages to get a feel for the rich variety on offer.
Our aim is simple: to provide our students with a wide range of opportunities to develop their personal skills and the confidence to move on to university and into the world of work. All of this is possible in a well-structured and supportive environment. In short: educating for life.