Printed in the Bournemouth Echo – Declaration of Independence Article – page 26/27
“This is the underlying principle at Yarrells School” states the Headteacher of Yarrells, Andrew Roberts-Wray. Given all the worrying stories about mental health problems among youngsters because of the pressure of SATs, GCSEs and A Levels, it is good to see that schools are looking at young people as something more than a way to prove their competence to Ofsted through exam results.
Mr Roberts-Wray explains why this is the school’s ethos. “I think it is as simple as changing the emphasis for the children from being all about exams to ensuring that every pupil is happy and motivated. How can young people achieve to their full potential if they are not confident in their learning environment?” He asserts. “Proven exam results at 11+ and 13+ alongside praise from local business leaders for enterprise presentations and senior school scholarships for art, music, drama and sport, show that our approach does work. “