Yarm and Our History

Yarm and Our History

Yarm School was founded in 1978 and is now one of the country’s best independent schools. It is located in the beautiful, prosperous and vibrant market town Yarm on the edge of the Teesside conurbation.

Our Senior School borders the River Tees and is just off Yarm High Street. The school is very much a part of the town, with pupils, staff and parents all enjoying what the buzzing high street has to offer by means of shops and cafes. Our Nursery, Pre-Prep and Preparatory School are all located on the opposite side of The Spital to the Senior School. All of our schools are just a stone’s throw away from both town and countryside, including the nearby North York Moors, Yorkshire Dales and stunning coastline.

You can find all of our contact information and directions to the School here.

Yarm Town

Yarm’s history is vast. Prior to the Tees Barrage, Yarm town was once an important crossing point of the River Tees and the bridge was the last crossing point of the tidal section of the river. The impressive viaduct is also a well-known local landmark.

Yarm is close to the A66 and A19, and is also a short drive away from Durham Tees Valley airport. With superb rail network links in the town itself and nearby, London is also only 2.5 hours away by direct train. Go west through Teesdale and within around an hour and a half you will find yourself in the world-famous Lake District, while it is a similar distance north to the wild and wonderful county of Northumberland.

Yarm, Middlesbrough and Darlington also offer plenty of shopping opportunities, with bigger centres like Leeds and Newcastle both just over an hour away. There is also a renowned modern art gallery in Middlesbrough and a historic theatre in Richmond. In addition, Durham and York are just short distance from Yarm.

Yarm has a huge amount of history and culture, including Hadrian’s Wall, Jorvik Viking museum, and the Sage. So whatever your passion, you’ll find an outlet for it in the north east!

The School’s History

A group of parents formed the Cleveland Independent School Trust and acquired the buildings and grounds of the old Yarm Grammar School site. The independent 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. By September 1996, the whole of the Senior School moved to The Friarage and the Preparatory School and its Early School had exclusive use of the old Grammar School site. The Senior School now has about 760 pupils, with approximately 200 of these in the Sixth Form. There are 63 full-time and 18 part-time teaching staff in the Senior School; there are a further 24 full-time and 7 part-time teachers in the Preparatory School which accommodates 320 pupils.

In recent years there has been significant investment into the development of facilities, with over £30 million invested in outstanding provision from Nursery to Sixth Form. Now established as one of the country’s leading independent schools, Yarm has an enviable reputation for first class facilities, excellent results and is widely acknowledged as a very happy school community.

The School’s first Headmaster Mr Neville Tate has written a book, ‘A Story to be Told’. His charm, wit and spirit of adventure are evident throughout, and this illuminating insight into Yarm School makes a fascinating read. You can buy a copy from the School Office, just call 01642 786023.


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