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Dear Mrs Oosthuizen

We wanted to send our thanks and gratitude for providing our daughter with such a wonderful environment in her first weeks at 'big school'.  She is so happy at Yarrells and thriving under the care of Mrs Chappell and team.  She is full of wonder and excitement about her days there and looks forward to going to school.  We can't ask for much more.

Thanks for this.


We thought you would like to see the lovely email we received from our daughter’s housemistress yesterday at the end of her first week at Bryanston. We are proud of her settling down so well so far.

Most of all though, we'd like to thank you and all the staff at Yarrells for doing such an amazing job in building her confidence and maturity that equipped her so well for starting at Bryanston. They run a packed schedule there Monday to Saturday midday. She has started her singing and piano lessons, played a hockey match and got into the swim group! 

Thank you all once again and all the best for the future. 


Dear Mrs Oosthuizen,

Our time at Yarrells has come to an end after seven years, and what a seven years it has been.  Both children have flourished at Yarrells and have left Yarrells as confident, polite and well-rounded individuals - we have you and all the staff members to thank for that. We hope with all our heart that Yarrells continue to be such a huge success and many more children are as lucky as our two and attend the school.

With all our best wishes for the future.


Dear Mrs Oosthuizen,

Yarrells has been the most wonderful, nurturing and engaging experience for our son and the whole family. He has received support in his academic work and been given the opportunity to excel in his favourite subject, sport!


On behalf of us all we would like to thank you to all of the teachers, secretarial team, kitchen staff and cleaners for making Yarrells such a great school to grow up in.

At Yarrells, our child has had the most wonderful, broad, rich, caring and supportive education we could have wished for. He has made good friends: has taken part in many sporting teams and has come out of his shell in your marvellous summer production. He has especially thrived in the classroom, where he has achieved consistently high grades and been noted as ‘Gifted and Talented’ is Science. The preparation for grammar tests by senior staff has been extremely thorough and well placed. My husband and I are so proud of his achievement and are delighted that he has had such a broad education beyond the 11+, which will stand him in good stead.


Thank you for all the opportunities you have given me and for your support during our matches. It means a lot to me because I have never had that much support t my Yarrells matches – thank you!

From a pupil

Many thanks for all the wonderful opportunities you have given our son. He has appreciated all your support particularly when you have watched their fixtures and external concerts. 

We would also like to mention how delighted we are with the experience our daughter has had in Reception. Mrs Chappell’s kindness, and love of teaching and the children has provided our daughter with an absolute love of learning. Mrs Chappell is a teacher that she will remember forever and we are so delighted our daughter has had the opportunity of being taught by her.

Dear Mrs Oosthuizen, 

Thank you for all the energy and enthusiasm that you have brought to Yarrells. You have brought with you some very special qualities that we, and our two children are delighted with. Our children have loved the Friday whole school assemblies and have really listened to the stories you have told them and the messages that came from them.

Dear Mrs Oosthuizen,

As we near the end of our first term at Yarrells, we just wanted to say a heartfelt thank you for all that you have done, and continue to do for our family. We are in no doubt whatsoever that moving the children was the right decision for us all.

Our daughter is thriving with all the new experiences and opportunities that are now available to her and the way she has grown already has been a pleasure to witness. We are excited about the person she will become as she benefits from the well rounded education Yarrells has to offer.

Dear Mrs. Oosthuizen,

We hope you have enjoyed you first year at Yarrells. The seamless transition from Mrs. Covell’s leadership to yours is testament to a strong and supportive team, which we have very much appreciated.

Our son has truly flourished at Yarrells and has achieved so much in such a happy, caring and supportive environment. We are very grateful for everything you and your team have done for him. Yarrells is a very special place and I think we will always feel part of the family in some way. We are sure Yarrells will go from strength to strength and wish you every success in the coming academic year. 


Dear Mrs Covell

This is to congratulate you on your many years as Head of Yarrells and to wish you a happy retirement.

Perhaps I am the oldest "Old Girl". My memories are undiminished by time - having been a pupil with Miss Clark at Forest Hill until we moved to Upton.  The strength of solid values has stood me in good stead all these years and, even two weeks ago, I called upon inner resources to play tennis competitively and gain a place in theGB "Super Seniors" team for the World Championships. So what a lot we owe to people who guided us in the past. I spent hours on that tennis court!

Letter from Shirley Critchley (Crouch - when Head Girl in 1945)

My name is Valerie Elizabeth Jenkins. I was born in Anchorage, Alaska in 1991. When I was 2.5 years old my father moved to the UK for his work; we lived 3 years in Surrey and 3 years in Dorset before we moved back to the states. I am 21 now, and I still have the fondest of memories from when I attended. I have been looking at the school website and it is incredibly comforting seeing the same uniforms as from when I attended, and that the campus does not seem to have changed much at all. My strongest memories are of the incredible meals we ate for lunch, the plays we performed (I was an elf in The Elves and the Shoemaker, and a witch in another), the birthday pins on their pillow, the field trips, the school grounds, ballet, the holiday Christmas craft fairs, the uniforms, and the class colour days we had (I was green). I guess I remember a lot more than I thought. Thank you for all of these wonderful memories, and for not changing too much after all these years. Should I ever find myself living in Dorset, with kids of my own, I know where I would take them to school.

Keep up the good work, and please do not change too much!

 Letter from an Old Yarrellian

When my wife and I met you for the first time, we were impressed by the overall atmosphere of the School but as very new parents we had to rely on instinct; we can certainly say that choosing Yarrells has paid off with regard to our children’s education. The staff have been magnificent throughout every stage of their academic progress. Personal attention has been given when required and the right amount of gentle persuasion applied at the right time to get the best out of each of them. Both the children have, from an early age, shown the Yarrells’ trade mark: a love of learning, and I am sure this has been just the right foundation for them to follow on whatever path they take in the future.”      

Letter from a father whose two children attended Yarrells from nursery to age 12

Our child has had a simple superlative start to her schooling. She has been led, guided and stimulated in the most creative manner and has brought home the most positive attitudes to learning and indeed, behaving.  We have enjoyed being a part of the Yarrells community, and the distinctive, broad and balanced view of education which it espouses has been an inspiration to us.

Letter from a father whose child attended Yarrells from Nursery to age 13


I would like to pass on the very good news that Jordan is in the finals for Young Drummer of the Year 2012 to be held in Leamington Spa on 5th February.

I still think of the Yarrells Gang with great fondness and we have some lovely memories.

Mrs Covell would have been proud of his musical composition, direction and production in A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Shakespeare Youth Festival.

Mr Schneider can be pleased that Jordan is now playing in the First XV rugby team and looking forward to winning the Hampshire Plate for the 2nd year running.

Mr Brady can be very proud that the boy who told him at the age of 7 that there were three moons orbiting the earth and who had memorised the Periodic Table, has already received an A* in Chemistry and an A* in Biology at GCSE level.

Thank you.  I owe a huge debt to both you and Geoff Link the previous Headteacher at Stanbridge Earls.

He has made huge strides in his social and emotional development as well as his academic achievements and during the summer spent three weeks in New Zealand and Hong Kong with the school rugby team.  He enjoyed the challenges, both physical and cultural and I am pleased to report that next summer he will undertake a month long visit to Tanzania as part of a group undertaking the World Challenge.  He will work in an orphanage for two weeks and will also be climbing Killimanjaro. He is making plans for what he will study at A Level and what he would like to study at University. He has realised that although music is his great love, he will really need good luck to make a career in this art and has instead decided that he may pursue a degree in Astrophysics or Medicine.

I am very proud of Jordan.  He has not taken for granted any of the opportunities that are available to him and takes on challenges with relish.

Jordan and I will always be grateful for the grounding and kindness he received at Yarrells.

My best wishes to you and all the staff at Yarrells.

Letter from a mother whose son attended Yarrells from Year 4 to Year 6
    (Click on links below to see Jordan drumming)