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Bootham School

51 Bootham, York, York, North Yorkshire, England YO30 7BU

Private School (Fee Paying) Co-Educational 3 - 18 Years Day & Boarding (Full, Weekly)

 

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Chris Jeffery


“Bootham is not a typical private school! That was one of the clear and positive messages to come from recent independent, in-depth research we carried out.

Not that it doesn’t present all the things that a really good private school should offer; far from it.

It offers excellent, knowledgable and passionate teachers with the time and resources to teach their subjects; an emphasis on personalised, well resourced pastoral care and personal development; a proven record of the vast majority of its students winning a place on a chosen university course; a huge range of sporting, cultural, outdoors and leadership/service opportunities available to all; great public exam results; what you’d expect.

But it offers more than that…and some approaches that are different from the picture many people have in their heads of what a private school is like.

Arising from our Quaker foundation, practices and heritage (you can read more about that here), Bootham has a much clearer understanding of the ultimate purpose of the education that it offers than any school I’ve ever known. It goes about helping students to achieve lifelong success and flourishing in a different way, not by emphasising conformity or the primacy of exam-related endeavour, but rather the development of intrinsic motivation and individuality –‘that of God’ (or good) in Quaker language- in the context of a hugely supportive community that is founded on clear, enduring, well practised and well understood values.

It’s an approach that produces students who leave the school comfortable in their own skin, confident in the unique combination of strengths and talents that they have been helped to discover, and aware of their responsibility to make the world they are going into a better, fairer and more peaceful place.

I firmly believe that all parents ultimately want their children to be good people even more that they want them to be successful people; doing both is what we specialise in!

Bootham has been called “York’s thinking parents’ school” [Good School’s Guide] I hope that what you read and see on this website will intrigue you to think about the lifelong purpose of your child’s education and academic success. Furthermore, I hope that it will encourage you to think about coming to visit us to experience the school’s very special -and rather different- atmosphere for yourselves.

I look forward to meeting you!”

Chris Jeffery, Head

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What We Offer

  • A Level - Advanced Level Examinations
  • GCSE - General Certificate of Secondary Education
  • IGCSE - International General Certificate of Secondary Education
  • LAMDA - London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
  • 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
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • First Aid/Life Savers
  • Horse Riding & Management
  • Language Club
  • Public Speaking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Hearing Impairment (HI)
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Aspergers Syndrome (AS)
  • After School Club
  • Armed Forces Children
  • Before School Club
  • Diplomatic Children
  • Expatriate Children
  • Gifted Children
  • International Students
  • Rail Services
  • School Bus Service
  • Special Diets

Admissions

  • Assessment
  • Common Entrance
  • Entry test or exam
  • GCSE results
  • Interview
  • Report from previous school
  • Academic
  • Music
  • All denominations welcome
  • Quaker
  • English

    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
    * Currency: GB Pound

    Number of Pupils

    266Day211
    57Full Boarding39
    22Weekly Boarding16
    345Total266
    Boys Girls

    Number of Staff

    Full-time: 46
    Part-time: 20

    % Pupils Gaining GCSE/IGCSE Passes 5 - 9

    % Pupils Gaining A Level Grades A – C

    % Pupils Going To University