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A History of the School’s Leadership

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The school, originally known as St Monica’s, was established in Kent in 1927 as a school for girls. In 1940, the school moved to Poole in Dorset during the war and it has remained here since.

In 1992, when the school was purchased by the Covell family, it was renamed Yarrells after the naturalist, William Yarrell (June 1784 – September 1856) when it became co–educational.

St Monica’s – Deal, Kent

1927 – 1940: Miss ME Clark, Founder, Proprietor and Headmistress

St Monica’s – Poole, Dorset

1940 – 1957: Miss ME Clark, Headmistress and Proprietor
1957 – 1989: Miss GW Jeanes, Headmistress Miss GW Jeanes & Mrs PB Badham, Proprietors
1989 – 1992: Mrs NA Covell, Headmistress Miss GW Jeanes & Mrs PB Badham, Proprietors

Yarrells Preparatory School

1992 – 2004: Mrs Natalie A Covell, Headmistress
Mr & Mrs Anthony M Covell, Proprietors
2004 – 2012: Mrs Natalie A Covell, Headmistress
Mrs Natalie Covell, Proprietor & Director
2013 – 2015: Mrs Charlotte Oosthuizen, Headmistress
Mrs Natalie Covell, Proprietor & Director
2016 – present: Mr Andrew Roberts-Wray, Headmaster
Mrs Natalie Covell, Proprietor & Director