Yarm School commemorated its 40th anniversary with a special assembly screening of a TV documentary made on the day the school opened.

This was followed by a celebration event at which the school’s original Headmaster Neville Tate joined David Dunn, current Headmaster, and pupils to mark the momentous occasion.

The independent school opened on Thursday 14th September 1978, with 60 boys on the roll for 1978/79.

Local media descended on the school within the early days to interview Mr Tate about the new independent school for boys which at the time bucked every political and social trend.

Numbers have now grown to more than 1100 boys and girls and the school employs approximately 250 staff. The school boasts impressive A Level and GCSE results that place Yarm amongst the best independent schools in the country. Investment in fantastic facilities has enabled the school to develop a national reputation for sport, music and drama.

David Dunn Headmaster said:  “The school has come such a long way in a short period of time.  We’re so proud of everything we have achieved but it’s appropriate today to pause and look back with that pride.  We get superb academic results but we do more than that, we train pupils to have hobbies and interests, we call it educating for life.”

Neville Tate the original Headmaster said:  “I remember the first day very well and it was a relief in the sense that all the dreams and plans turned into reality.   We’ve come a long way very quickly and I have watched the school in the last 20 years with amazement and absolute pleasure.”


Yarm School history

Yarm School was founded in 1978 when a group of parents formed the Cleveland Independent School Trust and acquired the buildings and grounds of the old Yarm Grammar School site. The School quickly established itself and its numbers grew. This early success brought rapid development and, before long, the School had outgrown its accommodation.

In September 1980 the School acquired and moved into The Friarage, which is today the focus of the Senior School site. New facilities were added in quick succession and by September 1996 the whole of the Senior School was accommodated at The Friarage giving the Preparatory School, which was opened in 1991, and its Pre-Prep School exclusive use of the old Grammar School site. The school became fully coeducational in 1999 and the number of girls grew rapidly.

The school has invested heavily in the development of facilities across the school sites. More than £30 million has been invested in outstanding provision from Nursery to Sixth Form. Now established as one of the country’s leading independent schools, Yarm has an enviable reputation for first class facilities, excellent results and has a very supportive school community.

Yarm School has a number of notable Alumni including some who have gone on to become household names (see below).  Many pupils have also gone on to study at Oxbridge Universities, excelling in their chosen career paths.


Kat Copeland – Olympic Rower

Ben Gibson – professional footballer

Yazdan Qafouri– winner of BBC talent show Let it Shine and currently on tour with the Gary Barlow musical The Band

Simon Clarke – Middlesbrough MP

Simon Webster, Russell Earnshaw, Will Kay – professional rugby players

Paul Johnston – professional cricketer

James Wharton – former MP


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