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Bootham School, North Yorkshire

School Details
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51 Bootham, York,
North Yorkshire,
United Kingdom,
YO30 7BU

Tel: +44 1904 623261
Fax: +44 1904 652106

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Mr Chris Jeffery

Jenny Daly

This school offers flexi-boarding.

Accreditations and affiliations:
Religious affiliation:
All denominations welcome, Quaker
Teaching languages:
Age Range & Fees
3 - 18
Day Fees
Annual Weekly
Boarding Fees
Annual Full
Boarding Fees
Number of Pupils
School Boy
School Girl
Full board
This school offers
Number of Staff
Full Time
Part Time
GCSE Pass Rate - age 16
At Grades A* to C
Pass Rate - age 18
courses are offered for age 18 exams
Higher Education
Pupils who went on to Higher Education or took Gap Year

Method of Entry:

Statement of needs, Taster days, This is a non-selective school, Entry test or exam, Interview, Report from previous school, Common Entrance, Assessment, Age 3-11 is for day only while 11-18 is for day and boarding, Non selective school, Registration, GCSE results

Scholarships & Bursaries:

Means tested bursaries, Academic, Music, Means tested scholarships

What we offer

  • Government/Politics
  • Psychology
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Business studies
  • Classics
  • Economics
  • Design technology
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Drama/Theatre
  • German
  • Spanish
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • French
  • Latin
  • Swimming
  • Netball
  • Gymnastics
  • Rounders
  • Tennis
  • Table tennis
  • Cross-country
  • Fitness training
  • Basketball
  • Athletics
  • Hockey
  • Football
  • Squash
  • Fencing
  • Cricket
  • Badminton
  • Drama productions
  • Adventure training
  • Astronomy
  • Chess
  • First aid/life savers
  • Language club
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Dance
  • Horse riding and management
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Rock climbing
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Brass
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • School bus service
  • Particular diets
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Rail/Airport services
  • Before school/Breakfast club
  • After school club
  • Experience of diplomatic corps' children
  • Experience of services' children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Vegetarian
  • Hearing Impairment (HI)
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Aspergers Syndrome
Head PhotoBootham School Headmaster Chris Jeffery explains why a Quaker education makes a difference to a child's experience of school and to life beyond the classroom.

"The Quaker foundation offers a rich historical tradition and a contemporary educational philosophy. Quakers believe that there is something of God in everyone. They recognise no barriers of class, gender, or ethnicity. Honesty, integrity, simplicity, equality and peace are at the heart of the Quaker way of life.

At Bootham, these principles make possible an education based on respect and trust, and a belief that every member of the community is important. Everyone's achievement is important. This means not merely providing opportunities for students, but also expecting everyone to become active contributors to the community. In academic study, the brightest Bootham scholars have an enviable record of very high achievement - but we celebrate equally whatever achievements are the best a student can manage. In sport, music and the arts, our students shine in many different ways both within the school and through participation in local, county and national teams and events. There are opportunities for our students to explore and extend their interests through the diverse and extensive programme of daily activities. And Bootham students' commitment to building a better world is seen in their willingness to participate in social and community projects.

There are of course many good schools which will offer, in their own way, routes to success. What is it that specifically makes 'the Bootham difference'?

I believe it is that Quaker belief that there is something of God in everyone. That's a very positive way to approach education. It underpins the caring relationships within our schools, both amongst students and between students and staff. It is proof that collaboration and resolution are more profitable ways forward than conflict; that integrity is more valuable than showiness or sharp practice. It offers our students a real model for successful, trustworthy conduct in the world - the same business practice, based on honesty and openness that has made the great Quaker companies so successful.

To join Bootham is to join a community. If the ideas here meet something of your own beliefs in bringing up children - if you believe in enquiry, a lack of pretension, the opportunity to 'become yourself'- then I invite you to visit the schools and explore further"

Entrance exams for 11+ and 13/14+ entry take place at the end of January for the following September. Sixth form places are offered on the bases of predicted grades at GCSE.

Scholarships for music, of up to 50% of day fees, are offered at the 11+ and 13+ (see bursaries for information about fee remission beyond 50%).

Academic Scholarships are awarded annually at the end of each academic year(see bursaries for information about fee remission).

Bursaries, of up to 100% of day fees, are offered to 11+ and 13+ candidates on the bases of academic performance in the entrance exam. These bursaries are restricted to those on below average earnings. Full details are available from the School.

The School offers an Academic Scholarship for entry at 16+ (means tested) to exceptional candidates. Full details are available from the School.

Bootham School has two sites in York. Bootham Junior, for children aged from 3 to 11, occupies an extensive estate with purpose built facilities on Rawcliffe Lane just off Clifton Green. The nursery department and after-school clubs offer constant care from 8am to 6pm throughout the school day. The main site of the senior school is found just outside the city walls, overlooked by York Minster. Here girls and boys from 11-18 enjoy a beautiful and secluded estate in the very heart of the city. The elegant Georgian buildings are complimented by modern facilities with all the accoutrements expected of a first rate school. As a boarding school, all pupils, be they borders or day, benefit from 24/7 wrap-around care throughout the school term. Famous past pupils include Marks and Spencer's chief Stuart Rose, famous York philanthropist Joseph Rowntree, Historian AJP Taylor and actor and charity fundraiser Brian Rix. For more information, visit www.boothamschool.com or phone 01904 623261.
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