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Suez donates saplings for our rewilding project in the West Woods

In an attempt to sharpen our focus on green and climate related projects, the Yarrells estates department are proactive in all matters relating to waste generation, outsourced recycling, in-house recycling and upcycling.   Yarrells Groundsman, Stuart Hill and Yarrells Estates Manager, Eddie Hayes, recently met with representatives from our local waste management depot at Suez…

Year 6 mixed team completes hat-trick of tournament victories this term

On Friday 15th October the Yarrells School Year 6 team competed in the Bournemouth Collegiate Schhol tag rugby tournament. In a close run competition they won all their matches to finish as tournament winners. Yarrells’ coach, Gary Schneider, commented: “They played extremely well as a team both in attack and defence, and improved with every…

Yarrells Earthshot Day – Friday 5 November

We have been inspired by the incredible people coming up with solutions to tackle environmental issues all over the world, thanks to The Earthshot Prize.  As a result we are having an Earthshot Day on Friday 5th November at Yarrells School & Nursery to raise money for WWF and Clean Jurassic Coast, dressing up as…

Yarrells’ Double Success at Under 11’s Five-a-side Football Tournament

On a sunny October afternoon, over 50 boys and girls participated in the Yarrells School Under 11 Five-a side Football Tournament in Upton, Poole. As always at Yarrells tournaments, the afternoon was set up as separate, parallel A and B team tournaments, to include a maximum number of participants from each school. After the group…

WORTH THE WAIT! Yarrells School Triumphant at Milton Abbey Under 11 Football

Having been unable to play football fixtures for 18 months due to COVID restrictions, the Yarrells School Under 11 football team were thrilled and extremely excited to be competing again.  On Friday 24th September they took part in the Milton Abbey U11’s football festival, where they beat all the other schools taking part. In a closely…

Is your child reaching their potential at school?  Are they getting the attention they deserve?

written by Sally Weber, Head of Yarrells School & Nursery After the turbulence our children have experienced over the last eighteen months, it’s understandable to be worried about your child’s future. We all want life to go back to normal for our young people and there’s no question it’s been a time like no other in their lifetimes.  Maybe you’ve…

Come and see us at Yarrells: the best education for your child.

Is your child reaching their potential at school? Are they getting the attention they deserve?   After the turbulence our children have experienced over the last eighteen months, there is no better time to invest in your child’s education.   At Yarrells, our children love to learn, in a huge range of subjects; it is…

Reception: why it is such an important year.

The return to face-to-face teaching has been important for all our pupils, but never more so for our Pre-Reception and Reception classes whose educational development has been impacted most significantly. In this article, Sally Weber, Head of Yarrells School in Dorset, highlights the crucial importance of supporting children aged 5 and under to reach their developmental…

Top of their class! 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. After so much time away from school over the last few months, the benefits of small classes, specialist teaching and exceptional pastoral care have never been greater. At Yarrells, after the first lockdown we bounced back into school life with zest! Our tranquil, woodland…

We’re in the Bournemouth Echo

Yarrells School, Poole fundraised for the Royal British Legion and Children in Need Click here to read the article on the  Bournemouth Echo website. A POOLE school has raised impressive sums for charity after fundraising throughout November. Yarrells School and Nursery took part in the Christmas Shoebox Appeal for the Trussell Trust, held fun events in aid…

Yarrells’ School Charity Donations

Today, Wednesday 17th November, we packed the Trussell Trust van full of a whopping 187 Christmas shoe boxes to be given to children in real need in Europe as part of the FSCI Christmas Box Appeal. It has been lovely to see the smiling faces of pupils as they bring their boxes into school.  Last week…

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. After so much time away from school over the last few months, the benefits of…

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 you have this talented, lithe and sporty team?! We hope you enjoy it, everyone. We…

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 to raise money for the NHS Covid-19 response staff at Poole Hospital.  In just one…

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 make that statement. We do have a really happy school: it’s a gorgeous environment, we work hard and have great…

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 my dream job! I chose to lead this lovely school because its ethos and values…

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 extensive discussions between all the teaching staff across the school about our desire to deliver…

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 history stories from a Kingston Lacy volunteer who is also connected with Yarrells School.  The…

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 Friday evening, we see in reality that our salaries don’t go as far as they…

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, in the broadest possible sense. They are supported and challenged by the most committed team…

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 Britain. Entrants compete against each other within their area and then selected communities are nominated…

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 volume, and if taken as fact, would suggest that all schools in the independent sector…

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 your child to our school is worth every penny. I know, as a Head and…

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 children’s confidence and resilience from the earliest age.’ ‘The beauty of the school is multi-faceted.…

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 the last 20 years. Speaking of her school, she said: ‘Yarrells is a gorgeous school…

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 of ‘Attain’.  Her words in ‘Attain’ are particularly resonant given the recent articles in the…

“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 working very hard in recent months and weeks, so it is really important to celebrate…

“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 an increasingly competitive world and that artificial intelligence, digital technology and augmented reality will feature…

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 the first instance – a pretty amazing achievement in itself. Yarrells Year 5 pupil, Hugo…

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 and hats.  The pupils were led out on to the field by the school’s very…

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 hats. The children were led out on to the field by our very own Meghan…

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 support their community, get active and raise funds for their school. The Julia’s House Extra…

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 through a rigorous interview process. Of the shortlisted candidates Mrs Weber-Spokes’ warmth of personality 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 were interviewed to ensure they understood the inner-workings of Yarrells’ Green Machine. Children showed with…

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 her U11 age category and is now ranked 5th in the World! The GB Biathle…

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 of SATs, GCSEs and A Levels, it is good to see that schools are looking…

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 a real commitment to the sport by putting in extra practice during the Yarrells afterschool…

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 below.  Feature: Andrew Roberts-Wray, head at @YarrellsSchool on improving SLT performance and his approach to…

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 half of all UK schools subscribing. First News has won Best National Newspaper at the Plain…

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 receive boxes, ranging from Roma people living in freezing conditions and struggling to survive, to…

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 our children taking such pride in what they do. After much deliberation, Mr Roberts-Wray and…

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.  At 11:00am we joined the nation in our two minute silence accompanied by a member…

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 2 to 5 busy in their classrooms while 6 & 7 year olds enjoyed a…

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 of the pressure of SATs, GCSEs and A Levels, it is good to see that…

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 hours or more of regular sporting activities each week regardless of ability and at Yarrells…

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 their uniform.  The beautiful grounds and Georgian mansion at Yarrells were the perfect backdrop for this…

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 UK.  It is wonderful that Yarrells works together as a family to support others less…

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 risen on 54 posts and giant steel frame to float amid the school’s surrounding woodland.…

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 advert, click on the link below to watch it and keep an eye out for…

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 Sherborne.  There were 54 teams with 162 competitors that took part. Below you can see…

#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 Khan. This followed with a free style piece where the children had the opportunity to…

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 prize is awarded each year to a class and their teachers who participate in partnership…

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 Roberts-Wray has been invited to join their headteacher and students at the award ceremony at the…

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