The Friarage, Yarm,
Stockton on Tees TS15 9EJ
Tel: 01642 786023 Fax: 01642 789216
• CO-ED, 3–18, Day
• Pupils 930, Upper sixth 94
• Termly fees £1625–£2666
• HMC, SHMIS, IAPS
• Enquiries/application to the Headmaster's PA
WHAT IT’S LIKE
Established in its present form in 1978, a grammar school and prep
school with associated nursery; all are fully co-educational. The major
buildings are located at the Friarage, an 18th-century mansion in 20
acres of pleasant grounds alongside the River Tees. The prep school has
its own buildings on a separate adjacent site. Excellent modern
facilities are provided for both schools, most recently a 600-seat
theatre, sports hall, astroturf all-weather pitch and a centre for
science, technology and computing. Good facilities for the sixth form.
Academic standards are high and examination results very good. Music,
drama and art are given considerable attention. A wide variety of sports
and games are played; riverside access allows rowing and canoeing to
thrive. An extensive array of activities ranges from debating to horse
riding. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme attracts many participants
and there is a CCF.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 3–18; 930 day pupils (685 boys,
245 girls). Senior department 11–18, 567 pupils (444 boys, 123 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 3, 5, 11, 13 and 16. Common Entrance or
own exam used. No religious requirements. 20% of senior intake from
state schools (plus several sixth form).
Scholarships, bursaries & extras Scholarships and bursaries,
value up to 33% of fees, at all ages. Parents expected to buy some
textbooks in sixth form; lunches extra (£2.12 a day).
Head & staff
Headmaster: David M Dunn, in post since 1999. Educated at Bolton
School and Nottingham University (modern languages). Previously Deputy
Head at Stewart’s Melville.
Teaching staff: 73 full time, 17 part time. Annual turnover 5%
Average age 36.
GCSE: In 2003, 84 pupils in fifth: 100% gained at least grade C
in 5+ subjects (mean of 9.7 subjects). Average GCSE score 63 (60 over 5
A-levels: 94 in upper sixth, passing a mean of 4.4 subjects, with
final point score of 407.
University & college entrance 99% of 2003 sixth-form leavers
went on to a degree course (11% after a gap year), 6% to Oxbridge. 15%
took courses in medicine, dentistry & veterinary science, 25% in science
& engineering, 50% in humanities & social sciences, 10% in vocational
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 21 subjects offered
(including psychology, business studies).
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3–4
at A-level; in addition, all take AS and A-level general studies. 36%
take science/maths A-levels; 34% arts/humanities; 30% both. Key skills
integrated into curriculum; not assessed.
Vocational: Work experience available.
Special provision: English as a foreign language.
Languages: French and German offered to GCSE, AS and A-level.
Regular exchanges to France and Germany.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (1 lesson/week in Years
7–8) and across the curriculum. 160 computers for pupil use (throughout
the day), most networked and with e-mail and internet access.
Music: 30% learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams can be
taken. 12 musical groups including orchestras, jazz band, wind band,
chamber group, madrigal singers, church choir.
Drama: Drama offered. A-level theatre studies may be taken. Some
pupils involved in school productions, majority in house/other
Art & design: On average, 20 take GCSE, 8 A-level.
Sport & activities
Sport: Rugby, hockey, rowing, netball, basketball, soccer,
cross-country, softball, weight training, cricket, athletics, tennis,
gymnastics, dance compulsory. Optional: Squash, canoeing, badminton,
fencing, swimming, horse riding.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of
Edinburgh’s Award. Community service optional for sixth form. Active
CCF. Up to 60 clubs eg debating, chess, photography, canoe, skiing,
creative writing, history, conservation, drama groups.
Uniform: School uniform worn, modified in sixth form.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Prefects, head of school,
head of house and house prefects – appointed by the Headmaster.
Religion: Christian tradition, non-denominational. Attendance at
religious worship voluntary (private study an alternative).
Social: Joint concerts and orchestral occasions with local
musical societies. About 8 organised trips abroad each year plus regular
exchanges with French and German schools. Sixth formers allowed to bring
own car to school.
Discipline School relies mainly on the pupils’ own sense of
Alumni association is run c/o the school.