The 11 to 13 years are the defining years of a Yarlet education. Yarlet values and ethos are particularly in evidence during this time when not only are pupils working at their optimum level, but are also learning to become responsible, independent thinkers.
Yarlet's academic record is excellent. Pupils have first-class opportunities to study and are expected and encouraged to work hard. During the senior years, pupils are often achieving standards well beyond those expected of their age group. Many receive awards from their senior schools in recognition of excellence in entrance examinations or assessments. This success gives pupils a head start for the next phase of their life at senior school and, whether their strengths are academic, sporting, artistic or musical, it is always a pleasure to see how well former pupils perform in GCSEs, A Levels and at university.
Academic rigour is only part of the picture. There are other challenges, too, as pupils take on more responsibilities and involvement in the day-to-day life of the school. Character, confidence, competitive spirit and team-building develop as a result of being a leader in school teams, taking on lead roles in musical and dramatic productions, becoming prefects and supporting the school and its staff. As pupils grow, personalities develop and the progression into adult life begins in an environment which is familiar, friendly, family-orientated, and in which each and every pupil is well known to all staff.
Being challenged can be rewarding and also good fun. Senior pupils have the opportunity to take part in overseas visits to France and Spain in Forms 7 and 8, where their language skills are truly put to the test. A residential outward bounds leavers' trip is organised for pupils at the end of Form 8; some pupils relish the challenge and for others the prospect is slightly more daunting! However, all return amazed at what they have achieved, the skills they have learned and wonderful memories of an unforgettable experience. Form 7 and 8 pupils also benefit from 'seniors only' Spanish and Science clubs which are free of charge and run after school.
Outside the classroom, sport, music, drama and dance complete the picture of a Yarlet education.
Senior pupils work hard, play hard, compete well and form strong friendships, which often last a lifetime. At 13+, pupils leave Yarlet as happy, confident, self-assured individuals, and we believe this is the best preparation for the next stage of their academic life.
Click here for more details on the achievements of our pupils.
Click here to read what our leavers and their parents have to say about the 11 to 13 years at Yarlet.
Click here for details of Yarlet Scholarships at 11+.