Saturday, 25th September
Take a personal guided tour around the School with a pupil and one member of staff.
Tour the school, speak to pupils and staff, witness a range of activities in action and attend a presentation with the Headmaster.
Tour the school, visit subject departments of interest and speak to students and staff along the way.
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At Yarm School we aim to foster a love of lifelong learning. At the heart of what we strive to create is a stimulating and happy learning environment where confident pupils have the skills and capacity to think for themselves.
Crucially, we ‘educate for life’ – our Senior School curriculum seeks to develop resilience, intellectual curiosity and the capacity for self-reflection.
Our philosophy is that pupils should experience a broad range of subjects and that “doors should be kept open” for as long as possible. In all areas of the curriculum we challenge our pupils and they grow through the experience of those challenges. We have the flexibility to tailor learning to the needs of individual pupils and at key points in the curriculum families have significant choices to make in shaping the subjects studied outside the common core.
In the First Year (Year 7) the following subjects are studied: English, Maths, Science, French, Computer Science, Latin, German, History, Geography, Design & Technology, Art, Music and Religion & Philosophy. French and Mathematics are taught in sets, with other lessons delivered through the teaching forms.
In the Second Year (Year 8) pupils continue with essentially the same range of subjects, but Science is taught separately as Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The pupils also choose whether to continue with either Latin or German as their second language.
In the Third Year a further degree of choice is introduced. In this respect, in addition to the common core of subjects, four periods each week are selected from a list of option subjects – these include:
Towards the end of this year, pupils and parents are consulted about which subjects are to be studied to GCSE level in the Fourth and Fifth Years. By the time pupils reach GCSE level most of their classes will be in sets (Mathematics, Sciences, French), banded (English) or determined by their chosen options.
The standard class size in the lower school and GCSE years is about 18-22 pupils. The school provides learning support for those who need it, for which an additional charge is normally made.
Deputy Head Academic, Mr Morton discusses our Senior School curriculum and answers questions from prospective pupils and their families in this recording of our Senior School Virtual Open Morning.
Most of our pupils proceed into our Sixth Form. The vast majority of our Sixth Form students take three A level courses, selected from over twenty available subject options. Sixth Form groups would not ordinarily be larger than 16 students and in practice the average class size across all A level subjects is closer to 10 students. Almost all students take the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ): this award is much valued by universities as a means of demonstrating intellectual curiosity and academic independence. Students who study Further Mathematics are able to take it as a fourth A level subject but this means that they are not timetabled for EPQ, though it would in principle still be possible to complete an EPQ in the student’s free time. The Further Mathematics A level is aimed at those who wish to pursue the subject, or a closely aligned discipline such as engineering, at university level.
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Former Pupils · 20/07/21
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Sixth Form · 08/07/21
Lower Sixth Form student and talented artist, Mia Mack, has been shortlisted for one of the prestigious Holt Festival Art Prizes. Update 26/07/21: Mia has won the Sworders Art Prize...
Senior · 05/07/21
Two Third Year pupils won the Best Print and Design Award and were Highly Commended for Editor of the Year in the national Shine School Media Awards. The Shine School...
Former Pupils · 30/06/21
Former pupil, Andre Wilson, is entering the final year of a clay modelling development scheme with the iconic luxury British sports car manufacturer, Aston Martin, having already completed his four...
Prep · 29/06/21
We are delighted to be working in partnership with Early Excellence to offer high quality training opportunities for EYFS and KS1 practitioners. Early Excellence is the UK's leading provider of...
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