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Bootham School

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

Age Range & Fees

Age Range3 to 18
Annual Day Fees£6930 to £17985
Annual Weekly Boarding Fees£18885 to £27765
Annual Full Boarding Fees£18885 to £32100

Number of Pupils

Boys Girls
266Day211
57Full Board39
22Weekly16
345Total266

Number of Staff

Full-time: 46
Part-time: 20

GCSE Pass Rate - Age 16

Grades A* - C or 9 – 5

Pass Rate - Age 18

Exams at age 18

Higher Education

Pupils who went on to Higher Education
Head Photo

Mr Chris Jeffery


Bootham 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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What we offer

  • Business studies
  • Classics
  • Design technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Economics
  • Government/Politics
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Psychology
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country
  • Fencing
  • Fitness training
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Adventure training
  • Astronomy
  • Chess
  • Dance
  • Drama productions
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • First aid/life savers
  • Horse riding and management
  • Language club
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Rock climbing
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Brass
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • After school club
  • Before school/Breakfast club
  • Experience of diplomatic corps' children
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of services' children
  • Particular diets
  • Rail/Airport services
  • School bus service
  • Vegetarian
  • Hearing
  • Dyslexia
  • Aspergers

Method of Entry

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

Scholarships & Bursaries

  • Academic
  • Music
  • Means tested scholarships
  • Means tested bursaries

Accreditations and Affliations:

  • AGBIS
  • BSA
  • HMC
  • ISC
  • ISCO

Religious Affliations:

  • Quaker
  • All denominations welcome


Teaching Languages:

  • English
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