Twenty students from Yarm School have been accepted to study Medical, Dentistry or Veterinary (MDV) courses at university this year, despite the fierce competition for these places.

According to UCAS, 23,710 students across the country applied to study medicine in September 2020, a record number and a six per-cent increase on 2019.  With just 7,400 places available, only one in three applicants nationally were successful in gaining a place.

Yarm had significant success with 95% of their students who applied for MDV courses receiving an offer in 2020. Over the past ten years, an astonishing 141 Yarm students have gone on to study MDV courses, an average of 14% of each cohort. This has risen to 16% of students gaining places on MDV courses over the last five years.

Part of the support offered by the School sees the students at Yarm receive mock ‘multiple mini interview’ (MMI) training to prepare them for the rigorous application procedure for these qualifications. The School also invites students from local maintained schools to take part in the mock MMI process to help support their ambitions of becoming doctors, dentists, or vets.

Mr Tom Newman, Head of Biology: “I am immensely proud of all the Yarm School students who achieved places on MDV courses. It is fantastic to see all of their hard work and dedication both inside and outside of the classroom pay off.”

The Headmaster at Yarm, Huw Williams, said:  “Medicine was the most popular choice of course by our 2020 leavers but our students have gained places on a wide range of courses at prestigious universities across the country. Maths, Psychology, Law and Economics were also popular but some of the more diverse courses include Fashion Marketing, Anthropology, Criminology, Diagnostic Radiotherapy, Liberal Arts and Real Estate. As well as university destinations, our students have embarked on other career options, such as pilot training and on competitive Degree Apprenticeships with big firms such as PwC and EY.

“We encourage our students to follow their dreams. Yarm’s ethos of ‘Educating for Life’ prepares our students for the diverse challenges of life beyond school. They leave school with the skills, personal qualities and drive that will set them up to succeed in adult life.”