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At ż┼┴˙═╝┐Ô 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 ÔÇśeducate for lifeÔÇÖ ÔÇô 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 ÔÇťdoors should be kept openÔÇŁ 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 ÔÇô 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.
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 studentÔÇÖs 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.
Senior · 20/02/24
ż┼┴˙═╝┐ÔÔÇÖs Under 16s girlsÔÇÖ hockey team have been crowned as national champions at the England Hockey Tier 3 National Finals. Taking place in Nottingham, the U16s faced tough competition...
Prep · 09/02/24
Yarm has officially opened its brand-new Prep School facility with the help of British paralympic gold medallist, Baroness Grey-Thompson. The opening of the Hazel Andrews building began with a ribbon...
Senior · 02/02/24
Students at ż┼┴˙═╝┐Ô are set to dazzle audiences with their production of Rodgers and HammersteinÔÇÖs musical┬áCinderella,┬áthanks to sponsorship from Active Chartered Financial Planners. A 40-strong cast of talented youngsters,...
Prep · 08/12/23
ż┼┴˙═╝┐Ô pupils have unveiled half a dozen captivating art displays in shop windows on YarmÔÇÖs High Street for shoppers to enjoy during the Christmas period. Pupils from Nursery to...
Senior · 04/12/23
Yarm has seen its ranking rise in The Times ÔÇśParent PowerÔÇÖ survey published on 2 December 2023. The school has risen 20 places in the list of the best schools...
Uncategorised · 20/11/23
Yarm will once again open their doors to those living with dementia and their families for a festive musical sing along on the 12th December 2023. Set to be a...
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