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About Yarrells

Magical, Meaningful & Memorable

Yarrells School & Nursery provides excellent opportunities for children to enjoy their learning in an enriching environment.

We promote high, individual academic standards, integrating the performing & visual arts and sport within a dynamic and extensive curriculum.

A member of the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS), we welcome boys and girls between the ages of 2 and 11. Our school is housed in a Georgian mansion and surrounding classroom buildings encircled by the gardens, fields, sports courts, swimming pool and woodland of its own estate in the town of Upton, near Poole, Dorset. In this beautiful environment, we have the scope to make the most of rich learning opportunities. We believe passionately in taking an individualised approach and that in our setting, guided by expert staff, we can nurture each child’s gift and help them develop the confidence to meet life’s challenges with spirit and determination.

Success Now And Into The Future

At Yarrells, we pride ourselves on developing happy, confident, kind and capable children.

We wrap our children in a rich intellectual environment so that they can enjoy the experience of a first-class, structured foundation in education which prepares them beautifully for transition to senior school and for life at large.

Our children earn themselves places at grammar schools and independent senior schools, often with generous scholarships based on their achievement.

Our ex-pupils are noted for their happy, confident and out-going demeanours, the quality of their academic achievements, their determination to work hard and take up a challenge, as well as for their enthusiasm in sporting and artistic pursuits.

Success comes from the love of learning; every child is encouraged and inspired to develop self-confidence, a curious mind, a thirst for knowledge and to grow their skills of critical thinking, collaboration and resilience to name a few. At Yarrells, we combine the very best of the National Curriculum and the Prep School Baccalaureate programmes of study so that our pupils have the highest quality learning opportunities available to them, as well as individual routes of transition depending upon their choice of senior school.

Our curriculum has, at its heart, the development of knowledge values, skills, attitudes and behaviours required for children to flourish and succeed in an ever-changing world. Our pupils participate in an engaging curriculum that not only builds knowledge base, but also inspires independent thinking and intellectual curiosity; they have opportunities to develop and demonstrate their skills of leadership, collaboration, independence, critical thinking, evaluation and communication. It is the development of these skills that will take them well into their futures, both at senior school and beyond.