Yarrells Preparatory School is a warm and magical school that achieves outstanding results. Every child has something valuable to offer. We believe that in small groups guided by enthusiastic staff, we can find and nurture a child's gift and give each the confidence to tackle life's challenges with spirit and determination.
Yarrells Preparatory School is an independent “country” school for boys and girls between 2 and 13 in the suburban town of Upton, near Poole which lies on the historic Dorset coastline, with its world-famous harbour surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of Purbeck.
Whether you are a current student, Old Yarrellian, a current or prospective parent or just a casual browser, we hope you will find our new website to be a useful source of up-to-date information about life at Yarrells.
Tom & Rocco Sail Around the Islands of Poole Harbour Raising Money for The Ocean
Tom & Rocco Sail Around the Islands of Poole Harbour Raising Money for The Ocean Cleanup Charity
26th June 2019 — Well done to Rocco & Tom, from Yarrells School & Nursery, Upton, Poole, on completing their challenge of surfing and sailing around the islands of Poole Harbour on Sunday. You can watch their video of them doing this amazing task for the charity The Ocean Cleanup.
This is something they planned together following the school's focus on World Ocean Day. It was an epic five hour sail where they encountered going aground, a seal, a lot of wind, no wind, a racing fleet of optimists and the main shipping channel!
We are delighted to let you know that so far they have raised a fabulous £900! We would like to congratulate them for their determination as well as their passion to do something to make a difference. A huge thank you to everyone who donated to their cause and of course to their families for supporting them.
You can still sponsor them by clicking the link so they can reach their target - https://www.facebook.com/donate/301729874091210/
Yarrells Mini-historians visit Christmas at Kingston Lacy
13th December 2018 — A group of children aged 3 to 5 and their teachers from Yarrells School & Nursery in Upton, Poole came to see the house at Kingston Lacy beautifully decorated for Christmas. Before the party arrived, they had heard a few history stories from a room guide volunteer who is also connected with Yarrells School & Nursery. They enjoyed a chat about life in Edwardian Kingston Lacy, looked at some real Victorian clothing collected by the school and were guided in advance to spot a few interesting things they could see later on their tour. They looked at a photograph taken in 1907 of Viola, Daphne, Ralph, their mother, the formidable Henrietta Bankes, and the children’s governess, all of whom lived in the house in Edwardian times.
Once on the tour they quickly spotted, in room after room, the numerous tall Christmas trees, the presents (wrapped just as Viola had described in her book, A Kingston Lacy Childhood) and gorgeous hand-made decorations. They found the statue of Dame Mary Banks holding her key to Corfe Castle and even the bells in the servants’ hall for summoning service. The very young children, holding hands in two’s and completely in silent awe, were especially thrilled to step into the “candlelit” Dining Room with its sparkling chandelier and table groaning with food all fashioned out of paper! The only thing they couldn’t find were the “snow lions” outside as Viola mentioned in her book. There was no snow of course but, alas, the Egyptian lion statues on the terrace were all packed in cases for the winter.
It was a magical day and the very young children returned to school, and their parents, brimming with excitement at what they had seen and learned. Thank you, Kingston Lacy.
Yarrells collected 171 Christmas boxes for the FSCI Christmas Box Appeal
Yarrells School & Nursery collected 171 Christmas boxes for the FSCI (Foundation for Social Change and Inclusion) charity spreading joy to thousands of people at Christmas!
23rd November 2018 — Yarrells School and Nursery have been busy collecting Christmas boxes and we are delighted to let you know we counted 171 boxes! Thank you to everyone for their generous donations. Everyone loves to receive a present at Christmas but for many vulnerable children and families Christmas serves as a reminder of their isolation and poverty. Year 8 had an enriching experience, delivering the boxes to Salisbury. They spent a couple of hours in the sorting office, surrounded by a mountain of boxes, helping to sort, check and pack. It was a great opportunity for Yarrells to volunteer and it was a valuable experience for the children. The children were great ambassadors for the school and all their boxes were gratefully received. The FSCI (Foundation for Social Change and Inclusion) helps spread joy to thousands of people at Christmas; their boxes are being delivered to children and families across south eastern Europe.
Yarrells School Year 6 Footballers Victorious at Under 11 Football Tournament
The Under 11 Yarrells 5 a side tournament was a great success, with some great football being played on a sunny Wednesday afternoon. Yarrells had the pleasure of hosting Castle Court, St Thomas Garnet, and Park, whose parent support and staff made for an enjoyable day.
18th October 2018 — The Under 11 Yarrells 5 a side tournament was a great success, with some great football being played on a sunny Wednesday afternoon. Yarrells had the pleasure of hosting Castle Court, St Thomas Garnet, and Park, whose parent support and staff made for an enjoyable day.
Park School had strong A and B teams, with the latter winning the Plate competition narrowly against Yarrells White. Yarrells Green lost to Yarrells Red in a tense but competitive 3rd/4th playoff for the Plate. In the Cup 3rd/4th playoff, Yarrells Yr 5A and St Thomas Garnet couldn’t be separated, even by extra time, so they shared 3rd place.
Yarrells Yr 6A and Park A had been very strong during the group stage, with Yarrells Yr 6A winning all their games but for a draw with a valiant Yr 5A team. Yarrells Yr 6A eventually faced Park in the final, where an end to end game ended 1-0 after a second half goal from Yarrells 6A and some strong defence to maintain the lead. Yarrells Yr 6A Team were presented medals and the shield by Mrs Sally Weber-Spokes and were all smiles as they had photos and match teas after the tournament.
We look forward to hosting this tournament again and thanks to all the staff, parents and players for making it a success.
Double Success as Yarrells Win Under 9 A & B Football Tournaments
Year 6 boys win football tournament at Yarrells School on Wednesday 10 November 2018.
18th October 2018 — A team captain Ollie Hume reports…
It was the start of a very exciting day; it was the Yarrells U9's Football Tournament. During the day the scores were Moyles Court - Yarrells 0-4; Yarrells - Park 1-0; Yarrells - Castle Court 6-0.
Therefore, in the final Yarrells was against Park. It ended 2-2 at full time with Freddie and William scoring our goals and making some amazing tackles. Rory pulled off some amazing saves and Zach did a great job in defence. Therefore, it went into Golden Goal, William played a great through ball to Ollie who was lucky enough to score the winning goal, and Yarrells won the tournament! Rafferty and Freddie were strong and quick at running on the wings and William was very fast and made some great passes.
In the B team tournament, Yarrells White beat Yarrells Red in the final to make it double success for Yarrells. Yarrells Green also played well to beat Castle Court and draw with Park and Yarrells Red. Everyone else played extremely well and everyone was so happy after our amazing wins!
"Push at all doors and the right ones will open for you", Mrs Sally Weber-Spokes
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.
17th October 2018 — 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 that, no matter what the outcome for them.
To those pupils who have met the threshold: we extend very many congratulations to you and say a hearty ‘well done!’ A door has opened for you which may well take you on the right educational path in the years to come.
To those pupils who have not met the threshold: remember that things in life happen for a reason. My motto is ‘push at all doors and the right ones will open for you’. If the door to grammar school has not opened for you, then it is perhaps not the right path to be taking, and your journey in life will be richer by following a different path. Remember, too, that you have many qualities and skills that are just as important, if not more important, than test taking, and those are to be celebrated. Do not forget how much you are valued by your teachers, your family and the important role you play as an individual in your school.
To those parents who are now thinking about options going forward: it is understandable to be anxious or worried about what to do next. Having hoped that the grammar route would be open, it is easy to be bewildered and concerned about how to navigate the path ahead.
I am a firm believer in the benefits of a broad based education; one that provides children with opportunities to grow and develop in all areas of the curriculum. At Yarrells, our children flourish under our care; they are happy young people.
They develop their self-esteem and confidence, grow their skills in all subject areas, not just in the core curriculum. In any given day they might be exploring figurative language in poetry, tackling algebraic equations, undertaking experiments in our specialist science lab, collaboratively designing solutions to global problems, singing with gusto in the school choir, treading the boards in our theatre, racing around the sports pitches, building their stamina in our pool or training on our tennis courts, harvesting carrots from the kitchen garden, playing freely in the woodland or discussing life’s philosophical questions with their tutors in PSHE.
Life is immeasurably rich at Yarrells and our curriculum for Years 7 and 8 is particularly diverse. We follow the Common Entrance syllabus, providing pupils with a broad based and differentiated education, which prepares them beautifully for the decision making over GCSE options in Year 9.
At Yarrells we believe in the fundamental importance of developing skills of compassion, collaboration, resilience and leadership in our young people, all grown within a supportive and nurturing environment which prepares pupils for life in a ‘bigger pond’ in Year 9.
Do come and see us and experience for yourself the joy of everyday life here! I should be absolutely delighted to spend time with you, hearing and learning about your son or daughter’s areas of interest and hopes for the future. We offer flexible payment options, including military and sibling discounts, and monthly direct debit payment plans, to all our new pupils.
To book a meeting please call James Renwick, our Director of Admissions, on 01202 622229 or email him at email@example.com.