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Yarm School and Yarm Preparatory School have been awarded the highest possible grades by the independent education sector’s regulator.
Both establishments have been rated excellent in all categories by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).
The inspectors evaluated the schools on their educational quality focusing on the achievements of the pupils, including their academic and personal development.
At the Senior School, which caters for 11 to 18-year-olds, the inspectors’ report highlighted:
Huw Williams, Headmaster at Yarm, said:
“I am thrilled that the inspection report recognises the hard work and dedication of our whole school community: teachers, staff, governors, pupils and parents all work with cohesion to provide the best possible experience and outcomes for pupils.
It is particularly pleasing that the inspectors acknowledge the school is achieving its ethos of ‘educating for life’. At Yarm we focus not only on academic studies but also to prepare students for the challenges for adult life, ensuring they leave school with the skills, attitudes and personal attributes to help them succeed.
There is much to celebrate in the report, and I am delighted that the inspectors recognise and acknowledge the warm, inclusive and supportive nature of our school community.”
The inspection’s findings of the Preparatory School, which is attended by three to 11-year-olds, included:
Bill Sawyer, Yarm Preparatory School Head, said:
“The glowing report perfectly reflects how we encourage and support pupils to make the most of their abilities, foster a clear sense of community and belonging, and provide opportunities that help every boy and girl develop skills and attributes that make them highly successful learners.
It is thanks to the calibre of our staff that our educational and pastoral provision and our pupils’ achievements and development have received this outstanding recognition.”
At both schools, the inspectors observed lessons, conducted interviews with pupils and examined samples of their work, held discussions with staff and the governors, observed a selection of extra-curricular activities, and attended assemblies. They also visited the learning support and educational resource areas, analysed pre-inspection questionnaires from parents, staff and pupils and examined curriculum and other school documentation.
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