A North Yorkshire school has climbed the rankings in The Times’ survey of the best schools in the country.

Yarm School has seen its ranking rise from 129 to 109 in The Times ‘Parent Power’ survey which was published today (December 2).

The school is currently aiming to challenge Newcastle’s Royal Grammar School, which ranked at 51, for the top spot in the North East.

The Times has been publishing the 'Parent Power' league tables for over three decades, and this year's edition highlights Yarm’s outstanding results.

The Times reports: “Pupils are involved in a number of local activities, including Memento, a choir and music group that helps older people with dementia, and the school is known for its spectacular performances and shows, held in its own theatre.”

Yarm’s Headmaster, Dr Huw Williams, said: “The Times Parent Power is a definitive guide to the best state and independent schools in the UK.

“Among the North East schools recognised, Yarm School and Newcastle’s Royal Grammar School occupy the top two slots with some hugely respected state schools acknowledged too.

“We are the top school in the Tees Valley and one of the top schools in the whole North of England. We are delighted to have shot up the national rankings by twenty places this year, one of the fastest rises in the country.

“The results reflect the work of our dedicated cohort of skilled staff and of highly motivated young people who are fully engaged in a school experience that combines academic study with other pursuits.

“We aim to nurture and encourage values that ensure our pupils become adults who will contribute positively to society; it is education for life.”