Yarlet School

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Yarlet School
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ST18 9SU

Coordinates52°51′39″N 2°07′49″W / 52.8609°N 2.1303°W / 52.8609; -2.1303Coordinates: 52°51′39″N 2°07′49″W / 52.8609°N 2.1303°W / 52.8609; -2.1303
TypePreparatory day and boarding
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
FounderRev Walter Earle
Department for Education URN124477 Tables
HeadmasterIan Raybould
Age2 to 13
Former pupilsOld Yarletians

Yarlet School, formerly Yarlet Hall, is a coeducational preparatory school located in the district of Yarlet, 3 miles (4.8 km) north of the county town Stafford in Staffordshire, England.


The school was founded by Reverend Walter Earle, former Second Master at Uppingham School, as a small prep school for boys in Yarlet Hall, a Victorian private house situated in the countryside on the outskirts of Stafford.[1] Hence, Yarlet had close ties with Uppingham early in its history and indeed, many of the boys continued their schooling at Uppingham.[2] Earle founded Bilton Grange in Warwickshire and later moved there in 1887, taking some of the boys with him, but the original school in Yarlet continued to function under a new headmaster. Ties were also established with Rugby School, which remain to this day.[3] It became a charitable trust in 1970. The pre-prep department was opened in 1993. Girls were admitted in 1994 and the school is now fully coeducational.


Subjects taught in Year 3 and above include English, Mathematics, Science, ICT, French, History, Geography, Religious Studies, Latin and Music. Pupils are prepared for the Common Entrance Exam which is taken at the end of Year 8.[4]


Yarlet has beautiful grounds and a wide range of facilities such as an astro turf pitch, three tennis courts, two football/rugby/rounders pitches and three tennis courts, two of which can be used for netball. This gives a large availability of sport at Yarlet. Boys play Football in the Autumn Term, Rugby in the Spring Term and Cricket in the Summer Term. Girls play Hockey in the Autumn Term, Netball in the Spring Term and Rounders in the Summer term. Athletics, Swimming and Tennis are also available for pupils.


There is no full-time boarding. A flexi-boarding option is also available which allows children to board on Thursday and Friday nights. It is closer to a sleep over than full-time boarding and fun activities are arranged for boarding evenings. Since 2009 Yarlet has run a "combined scholarship" programme with several reputable independent senior schools to allow deserving children from financially disadvantaged backgrounds to board at Yarlet and then transfer to the senior schools as full boarders after completing their studies at Yarlet.[3]


There have only been eight headmasters (including the incumbent) in the school's history.

  • Walter Earle (1873-1887)
  • Clement W L Bode (1887-1902)
  • Andrew F Fernie (1903-1929)
  • Guy C N Mackarness (1929-1937)
  • Keith E Tarling (1937-1970)
  • David N Carr (1970-1989)[5]
  • Richard S Plant (1989-2009)[6]
  • Ian M Raybould (2009–present)

Former Pupils[edit]

See also[edit]

  • Yarlet Hall School (1986) on Domesday Reloaded
  • Harris, Nigel (1993). The Yarlet Story.[8]


  1. ^ Leinster-Mackay, Donald (1984). The Rise of the English Prep School. Falmer Press. p. 114. ISBN 0-905273-74-5.
  2. ^ Searby, Peter, ed. (1982). Educating the Victorian middle class: proceedings of the 1981 annual conference of the History of Education Society of Great Britain. History of Education Society. p. 32.
  3. ^ a b "Scholars win places to Yarlet School in Stone". The Sentinel. 21 March 2012.
  4. ^ Main School
  5. ^ In Memory of David Carr
  6. ^ Farewell to Richard Plant
  7. ^ Judd, Denis (1986). Alison Uttley: life of a country child (1884-1976) - The authorised biography. p. 89. ISBN 9780718124496.
  8. ^ The Historian of Yarlet

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