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Give your child a head start and choose Yarrells: where children love to learn!

In an article in the Dorset Echo on Wednesday 30th September 2020, Mrs Weber-Spokes writes: Give your child a head start and choose Yarrells: where children love to learn! There’s never been a more important moment in our children’s education.…

Muddy Stiletto’s School Review of Yarrells

Muddy says: A happy, family-orientated school providing the ideal foundation for moving onto state grammars or the independent sector. So the best of both worlds, really.   Yarrells Prep School & Nursery, Upton, nr Poole

Yarrells Lockdown Olympics 2020

Yarrells staff have been busy during lockdown getting ready for next term but also training for the Olympics! Yarrells staff bring to you, for your delectation and entertainment, their own version of the Olympics – who needs professional athletes when…

Yarrells #bigcampingtrip at home

On the evening of Friday, 10th April, the staff and pupils of Yarrells School and Nursery, in Upton all joined together in a mass camp ‘in’, either sleeping in tents in their gardens or exciting dens in their lounges, all…

The Pursuit of Happiness – Core values are the key to a happy school

Written by Mrs Sally Weber-Spokes,   Head at Yarrells School & Nursery  As a Headteacher, it would be so lovely to write that the pupils at my school are happy all the time, but it would be naïve of me to…

Yarrells is the happiest school I have taught in

Published in the Bournemouth Daily Echo on Friday 24 January 2020 Sally Weber-Spokes is beautifully settled into her Headship at Yarrells, having enjoyed a wealth of previous leadership experience both locally and overseas.  On speaking of Yarrells she said, “It’s…

Yarrells School became a partner school in the Prep School Baccalaureate Group

Message from the Head, Mrs Sally Weber-Spokes:- I am immensely proud to announce Yarrells School became a partner school in the Prep School Baccalaureate (PSB) group in Autumn 2019. The decision to integrate the PSB within our curriculum came after…

Dorset Living Independent Schools Guide 2020

Mini-historians visit Christmas at Kingston Lacy

A group of children aged 3 to 5 and their teachers from Yarrells School in Upton, Poole came to see the house at Kingston Lacy beautifully decorated for Christmas. Before the party set off by coach, the mini-historians enjoyed some…

First Class Photos – Bournemouth Daily Echo 26.11.19

                   

Independent Education – Worth Every Penny – Something New Magazine

There is no question that independent education is expensive. As parents, we feel all too keenly the fact that our incomes are squeezed and the cost of everyday living is rising: whether we are buying a house or supper for…

Dorset Living Magazine – Yarrells feature in their Education Yearbook 2019

Yarrells gives every child the confidence to achieve their best in an enriching, happy and creative learning environment.  The Head, Sally Weber-Spokes, says of Yarrells, ‘Our gorgeous school is filled with happy and spirited children, curious about the world and eager to learn,…

Upton win GOLD in ‘Britain in Bloom’ Competition

Yarrells School has joined the town of Upton in the RHS floral competition ‘Britain in Bloom’ for 2018-2019. RHS Britain in Bloom is one of the largest horticultural campaigns in Europe with the year round aim of creating a more beautiful…

Independent Schools – A Blot on the Landscape?

Sally Weber-Spokes is Head of Yarrells School and Nursery, an independent preparatory school in Dorset, writes… I have been listening to the rhetoric of the Labour Party with increasing discomfort over recent weeks. Their opinions have grown in vigour and…

Yarrells is Worth It! – recently published article in The Ashley Cross Link magazine

Yarrells is Worth It! Educating your children in the independent sector is a real privilege and, of course, a serious financial commitment. As working parents, we know our incomes don’t go as far as we’d like, but I believe sending…

Yarrells School & Nursery feature in Something New Magazine

Sally Weber-Spokes joined Yarrells School and Nursery in September of last year. Speaking of the school recently, she said, ‘The warmth that radiates from Yarrells is palpable; every single member of the school community is committed to nurturing and developing…

Meet the Head Teacher – Bournemouth Daily Echo

Yarrells has been delighted to welcome their new Head, Sally Weber-Spokes, who joined the school in September of last year. She has a wealth of experience and expertise in education, having worked in leadership roles both nationally and internationally over…

Is it really worth it?

Sending your child to a prep school is a very serious financial outlay but the benefits are considerable.  Mrs Sally Weber-Spokes was asked to write a feature article explaining why prep education is worth every penny for the recent edition…

“Push at all doors and the right ones will open for you”, Mrs Sally Weber-Spokes, Head

I am sure a number of you will be waiting with bated breath for a letter to drop through the door in the coming days. If your son or daughter took the grammar tests, they will no doubt have been…

“Is Creativity at risk in Education?”, Mrs Sally Weber-Spokes, Head at Yarrells School

The well-intentioned drive by some schools to focus on STEM subjects runs the risk of neglecting the creative arts, warns Sally Weber-Spokes, Head of Yarrells School. As parents, we are bombarded with messages that our young people are living in…

YARRELLS AMAZING RESULTS AT THE IAPS NATIONAL SWIMMING FINALS 2018

We are so proud of the pupils who were selected to compete at the IAPS National swim finals last weekend at the London Aquatic Centre. To be selected for this, each competitor had to qualify in the top 20 in…

We’re in First News – The UK’s #1 Title For Kids

We’re in the news… Stour & Avon Magazine 24 May 2018

On 24th May, Yarrells School featured in the Stour & Avon Magazine. Yarrells School at Upton hosted around 100 grandparents to share their royal wedding celebrations on Saturday.  Everyone dressed in red, white and blue or their finest wedding clothes…

Royal Wedding Celebrations

Today, we hosted around one hundred grandparents to share our royal wedding celebrations. The day started with a special assembly all about the royal wedding. We all dressed up in red, white and blue or our finest wedding clothes and…

Yarrells School running the EXTRA MILE for Julia’s House

What is the Extra Mile? On Friday 23rd March pupils from Reception to Year 8 will be taking part in the EXTRA MILE raising money for a great local charity Julia’s House. This is a chance for every child to…

We are delighted to announce the appointment of new Headteacher, Mrs Sally Weber-Spokes

We are delighted to announce the appointment of a new Headteacher for Yarrells. Mrs Sally Weber-Spokes BA Hons PGCE was delighted to accept our offer to start in September 2018. She was selected from a strong field of candidates and…

Read about the ‘Magic’ of Yarrells School in Sandbanks Magazine & Dorset Living

We recently featured in a local Independent Schools Guide, click here to read about the ‘Magic’ of Yarrells.  We are on page 85.  

ECO-GREEN FLAG CONTINUES TO FLY OVER YARRELLS!

On the penultimate day of our autumn term, back in December, the Eco Green Flag judges came into school to see the wonderful things our teachers have been doing to promote all things sustainable in school. The Eco Action Team…

Yarrells Pupil ranked fifth in the World!

Elizabeth Dawson ranks 5th in the World after placing 5th in the Biathle World Championships Viveiro 2017 On Sunday 24th September over 500 athletes from 30 nations took part in this event. Elizabeth Dawson, a Yarrells School pupil, finished 5th in…

Yarrells pupils are top young swimmers in Dorset

 

Sandbanks Magazine – Less stress equals more success (April 2017)

Happy and motivated children succeed in exams and in life “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…

Yarrells Winning Success at South West Schools Biathle

Yesterday, 21st May 2017, 24 pupils from Yarrells travelled to Leweston to compete at the South West Schools Biathle against 42 schools.   Biathle is a run-swim-run competition and is quite a new sporting event for Yarrells.  The children have shown…

Andrew Roberts-Wray, Headmaster, explains his philosophy on leadership and how a new approach to SLT development is proving to be a great success with staff

In an article in the Independent Leader magazine Andrew Roberts-Wray, Headmaster, explains his philosophy on leadership and how a new approach to SLT development is proving to be a great success with staff.  You can read the article through the links…

Blackmore Vale – RSPB Birdwatch at Yarrells in Upton

Blackmore Vale – Yarrells pupils win medals at Swim Bournemouth Club Championships

Yarrells School feature in First News!

We are very proud to have one of our news items printed in First News.  It is the UK’s only newspaper for young people.    First News have over 2,000,000 young people nationwide reading First News each week with over…

Yarrells School in Dorset Life Education Guide

Meet the Headteacher in Wimborne Living Magazine

Yarrells School pupils are ‘Little Angels’ on the front page of the Bournemouth Daily Echo

 

First Class Reception Photos are in the Echo

190 Shoeboxes collected from Yarrells for the Trussell Trust Shoebox Appeal

On Thursday 24th November 190 shoeboxes were collected from Yarrells School for the Trussell Trust.  Each Christmas The Trussell Trust takes thousands of shoe boxes filled with presents to some of the poorest people in Eastern Europe.  People of all ages…

Upton in Bloom Poetry Competition Final

Over the past couple of weeks, children in Years 1-6 have been busy writing lovely poems about minibeasts for this competition. I was very impressed with the quality of the writing and the decorations – it’s so lovely to see…

In today’s Bournemouth Daily Echo we highlight our Nursery Team as part of the Education Who’s Who feature

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Yarrells Poppy Field

Today at Yarrells School we commemorated a very important day in the year where we remembered those who have fought in the wars dating back to the First World War to allow us to enjoy the freedoms we have today.…

Yarrells’ World Maths Day in the Poole Advertiser

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Bournemouth Daily Echo – School opens new eco-friendly building pupils helped design

CHILDREN OPEN CLASSROOMS IN THE TREES

Yarrells Prep School officially cut the ribbon to Greenwood, the school’s extraordinary new classroom block and woodland garden. Visitors, parents and children celebrated with an Open House tour and entertainment. During the afternoon, visitors were able to see children aged…

Happy and motivated children succeed in exams and in life

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…

The Sainsbury’s School Games award Yarrells Gold!

The Sainsbury’s School Games have awarded Yarrells School a Gold Mark for our commitment to the development of competition in sport across our school and community. The School Games Mark also focusses on the amount of children participating in two…

Read about Yarrells in this months Dorset Society

A first class education at Yarrells Preparatory School

An article publised in the Bournemouth Daily Echo on 5th October 2016  

Dorset Society Cover Shoot at Yarrells School

We look forward to seeing the October issue of Dorset Society with Yarrells featuring on the front cover.    Thank you to our amazing models, Hope, Rocco and Mrs Cribb.  They smiled perfectly and the children looked very smart in…

Yarrells took part in the Race for Life and raises £1,231.24 for Cancer Research UK

Life at Yarrells often continues beyond school hours.  On Sunday, 19th June 2016, we had over forty current and old pupils, parents, staff, friends and families taking part in the Race for Life at Poole Park raising money for Cancer Research…

POTENTIAL AWARD WINNING ECO BUILDING TOPS OUT

Yarrells Prep School in Upton has just topped out the GREENWOOD, their new classroom block in the trees, with the completion of its elegant butterfly roof. Designed by award-winning Dorset based architect, Adam Covell of ECA, this remarkable structure has…

Yarrells tweeted photo appears on RSPB TV Advert #NatureStars

On Twitter we entered a competition by tweeting a photo of our Groundsman, Mr Down, and the bird boxes he made out of fallen trees at school. The photo was chosen along with others to appear in the RSPB TV…

Year 4 Mixed Biathle Team WIN their category in the South West Schools Relays Competition

Biathle – The South West Schools Relays Competition On Sunday the 22nd May, Mr Ross Williams entered pupils from Yarrells Prep School in Years 3-8 to compete in a Biathle – The South West Schools Relays Competition at Leweston in…

#BIGDANCE

Today all of the children from Transition to Year 8 had the opportunity to take part in The Big Dance 2016. The school performed three dances. The first was choreographed by Mrs May using the idea and themes of Akram…

European Partnership wins prestigious award

Yarrells Preparatory School have been invited to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Thursday 12th May to join their French partner school, Colège Victor Hugo from Lassay Les Châteaux in Mayenne, in receiving the prestigious Hippocrene Prize for Education. This…

Prizes at the European Parliament

Following Year 6’s French trip to Normandy last week, our partner school in France has been awarded a prestigious prize from The Hippocrène Foundation for its partnership with ourselves and other projects on European citizenship.   As a result Mr Andrew…

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