Headmaster’s Welcome

Coming to Yarrells Prepatory School and Nursery has been described as just like joining a large, happy family. As a pupil, you feel welcome, comfortable to be yourself, confident to let your true personality shine through, and you are willing to take risks to push yourself more than in other situations.

A positive culture is a vital ingredient in any organisation but especially in a school. We believe that to achieve success in later life takes more than just passing exams. And that passing exams is best achieved when children are happy and motivated at school. For this reason we believe that a personalised, individualised approach to learning, where teaching staff and their assistants really know the children in their care and where every single pupil is valued, is essential. It also requires children across the age groups to co-operate and support each other, as brothers and sisters would do. Here at Yarrells, the high profile buddy system ensures that older and younger pupils feel at home together, learn to tolerate each other and to look out for each other. We encourage a strong partnership between our staff and our parents for the sake of their children, it ensures continuity of support at home and at school and nips any problems in the bud.

I want every pupil in my school to have the best possible education they can have to prepare them not just for their next school, but the opportunities and pressures that they will encounter in their lives in the future. This means that besides gaining examination grades often beyond their expectations, they will learn to be resilient individuals, confident public speakers, users of technology for work not just for play, ecologically sensitive and able to establish a good work:life balance. Big claims for sure, but we want our pupils to aim high and so set ourselves ambitious targets.

I would invite you to put us to the test and come to visit us both virtually through our website and then please pay us a visit and see for yourself.  Click here to find out more about admissions and how to arrange a visit to Yarrells.

Yours with conviction,
Andrew Roberts-Wray

Headmasters Review of 2016/2017 School Year

Dear parents, friends and visitors to Yarrells,

After my first one and a half years as Headmaster of Yarrells, I am pleased to look back on the strong progress we have made as a school. The excellent team of teachers, assistants, leaders and governors has worked hard to improve and enhance what we offer our children.

The highlight of the year was the opening in September of GREENWOOD, a beautiful teaching area in which our Nursery, Reception and Year 1 are now located in purpose-built classrooms around a large open space, aptly named the ‘Sunshine Hall’, for creative activities. Outside, the magical woodland play area provides a wonderful experience of discovery, exploration and make-believe with plenty of opportunities for outdoor learning for little children.

Once again, we have had excellent academic outcomes with a large crop of Year 6 pupils gaining places to their chosen grammar school. We are pleased to inform you that all candidates at Common Entrance level passed and were offered places at Canford, Bryanston, Ballard, BCS, Clayesmore and Milton Abbey. We were delighted by scholarships awarded by Bryanston and Ballard.

Many of our pupils have gained top grades in national music, drama and dance examinations. From September, we plan to adopt Arts Mark awards, a national assessment that will underline and celebrate our commitment to the arts.

This year, we have broadened our already extensive curriculum to incorporate Spanish. We have strengthened our links with local businesses by running a very successful careers day, which included the revolutionary YPI (Young People Index) to help children gain an understanding of their own personal strengths. Years 7 & 8 built their own businesses from scratch, guided by entrepreneurs and successful business people from within our own community and beyond. The children presented their own sophisticated business plans to the Lion’s Lair panel of judges. The teams were commended on their excellent communication skills and teamwork. Looking forward, these events will help the children make more informed decisions about GCSE choices and future careers.

Our school has been further strengthened by the recruitment of some outstanding new teachers to our already dynamic team. This has provided many opportunities to inspire excellence in our pupils. In sport, we have introduced more competitive opportunities, such as cross country, biathlon, biathle, triathlons and sailing. The results have been impressive and have included children being selected to represent Great Britain.

Our performing and visual arts are embedded in our learning curriculum. We have enjoyed some superb musical productions: The Piper, The Smartest Giant in Town, A Sunflower in my Supper and Oliver! The children also presented delightful Christmas plays, music and poetry concerts. A Flashmob of over 50 Yarrells boys and girls even took over Poole town centre one Saturday morning, giving our talented dancers an opportunity to show off their excellent dancing. Every child from Nursery to Year 8 participates in productions throughout the academic year.

Parents have been invited to some thought-provoking assemblies and have had the pleasure of seeing their child with their class. They have spoken passionately about the environment, charities, politics, school trips and most especially the UNICEF rights of the child.

I hope that you will enjoy our yearbook and be amazed that, for such a small, family-friendly school, we are offering such a rich, dynamic and extensive curriculum. Our pupils not only perform beyond their own expectations, but are given the best possible start in life.

Andrew Roberts-Wray
Headmaster