Bootham School

North Yorkshire

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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Quaker
  • Roll: 365 (Boys) 251 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 3 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1823


The beautiful ‘Arts and Crafts’ period library has been fully modernised. As well as over 10,000 books, a suite of computers and laptops, an extensive collection of multi-media resource material, periodicals and a newspaper cuttings service, the library has a virtual network available via the school’s intranet. The school has fast 24-hour broadband which every PC in the school is connected to. We run the very latest software and email is available to all pupils. The two dedicated ICT suites both have colour laser printers, projector and smart board.

The school enjoys a reputation for excellence in science. Now, 7 laboratories, with the latest ICT equipment, provide specialist science teaching in each discipline. The award-winning Hall offers a fine venue for Drama with a good-sized stage, orchestra pit and technical set-up. In addition, a fully equipped drama studio provides an excellent teaching facility. Art and Design facilities include 3 studios for ceramics and printing activities and two excellent DT workshops. The Music School and Theatre provide wonderful opportunities for developing musical talent. Around two-thirds of Bootham pupils study an individual instrument, a level of participation rarely achieved outside specialist music schools. The school orchestra, choirs, bands, ensembles and individual performers give regular concerts. The weekly programme of public performances in the beautiful Georgian Recital Room draws a regular capacity audience.

The sports hall, indoor swimming pool, squash courts, tennis courts, games pitches and orienteering course are all on site with more games pitches a short fifteen minute walk away at the Clifton estate. Individual sports such as fencing, judo, table tennis and riding (off site) are actively pursued along with the main team games.


The school observatory has two telescopes and a revolving roof and has recently undergone major refurbishment. The Bootham Archives provide an excellent research facility. They not only contain the school's historical records but also provide a fascinating insight into the lives of Quaker influences and influential Quaker reformers such as Joseph Rowntree

There are 4 boarding houses, in elegant Georgian buildings and these along with a full range of school buildings tastefully blend to link the old and the new. A team of four qualified nursing staff, who also act as counsellors, provide round the clock care for all our pupils. All boarders may be registered with our visiting Doctor.

Open Days

2018. Junior School Open Afternoon: Wed. 7th March, 2pm. Senior School Open Morning: Sat. 28th April. 10.45am.


2017/2018. Day Fees. Years 9-13: £5840 per term. Years 7-8: £5295 per term. Years 1-6: £2715 - £3455 per term. *Nursery(f/t) and Reception £2310 per term. * *Bootham Junior School is a registered provider of the Nursery Education Grant

Boarding Fees. Years 9-13: £9860 per term. Years 7 and 8 (for all boarding options): £6110 per term. Weekly Boarding (Years 9-13): up to 6 nights: £8985 per term. Flexi-Boarding (Years 9-13): 2 nights: £6685 per term. 3 nights: £7820 per term. International Boarding (Years 9-13): £10,390 per term. The International Boarding Fee applies to non EEA nationals living abroad.


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School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Chris Jeffery

Bootham School
North Yorkshire
YO30 7BU

[t]: 01904 623261

Location Description

Set in a spacious nine-acre estate, just 300 metres from York Minster, the main school campus consists of Georgian town houses - including two of the three boarding houses - along with a full range of school buildings all tastefully blended to link the old and the new. Outside there are lawns and gardens, a sports field and a beautiful cricket ground, all surrounded by mature trees. Just off the main campus is Evelyn House, for Sixth Form boys. A short fifteen minute walk takes you to the Clifton Estate. Here there are a further fifteen acres of grounds, sports fields and our Junior School.

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School News

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On Friday 9th February the senior school held a pyjama themed non-uniform day to raise money for the charity ‘Great Ormond Street Hospital’. In return

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for a small donation staff and students spent the day dressed in their favourite pyjamas, slippers, onesies and dressing gowns.

Great Ormond Street Hospital is one of the world’s leading children’s hospital. They are the largest dedicated funder of paediatric research in the UK. The charity supports ground-breaking research into the development of new treatments and funds the most up-to-date equipment. They also provide accommodation and other support services for children and their families whilst at hospital.

More information about this charity and the work they do can be found here:  The event raised approximately £300.

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Pupils at the junior school were all smiles as they welcomed a new addition to their classroom – Bootham the Guide Dog puppy.  The children

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raised a magnificent £1,500 to sponsor the puppy through a series of fun events. There was also a special Fundraising Day where the children dressed in animal themed clothes, brought their ‘soft toy’ pets to enter the pet show, took part in a sponsored fun run with dog-agility style obstacles and brought hand-decorated biscuits!

The children chose Guide Dogs for the Blind as their school charity after they were inspired by a visit from a guide dog and its owner.

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Students at Bootham School in York are celebrating an impressive collection of GCSE results, with performance up on all major measures. Sitting the tried and

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tested Maths, English Language and English Literature International GCSEs, Bootham youngsters did not have to worry about the new grading system in those subjects. Instead, with a 94% A*-CPass rate, 57% of passes between A*-A and 85% at A*-B, more than 1 in 5 students achieved 10 or more A/A* grades, with over a quarter gaining 9 or more.

4 candidates -Rob Davidson, Christopher Chivers, Luke Conkleton and Finn Van der Voort- rung up at least 11 A* grades each, pride of place going to Finn, whose 13 A* grades made him the school’s best performing youngster. 

Headmaster Chris Jeffery commented: “These results represent the culmination of two years’ hard work from pupils and staff, as well as fruits of strong and solid foundations set before GCSE courses started. I am very proud of the young people and colleagues who have worked with such commitment and determination to deserve them. 

“It’s been a really good summer for Bootham!”

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Students at Bootham School are celebrating successfully navigating the challenging first year of the change to tougher linear A Levels with excellent results. Over

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72% of scores achieved between A* and B grade, and nearly a quarter of students securing at least three A grades. These figures are in line with previous years’ results, despite the increased difficulty of the subjects that have made the transition.

Headmaster Chris Jeffery said:  “We are very proud of the achievements of our young people, who have coped so well with the challenge and chaos inherent in the ridiculously phased introduction of Michael Gove’s new A Level system.  We are equally delighted that 84% of those applying to university this year have secured a place on one of their chosen university courses. “

“The statistics, however, can never tell the whole story of the dedication that so many of them have shown in working hard for success, and of the considerable obstacles that some have overcome to secure their grades. They also only hint at the inspiration and support that their teachers have offered. “

“As ever, we are proud of their academic achievements, but even more proud of the impressive, thoughtful and caring young people that they have become. That will always be the most important aim of Bootham’s Quaker education” said Mr Jeffery.

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The Bootham School students managed to secure the former florists on Bootham as a temporary art gallery for their work.

Titled ‘Order/Disorder’, the exhibition showcased pieces

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of work by the talented Year 12 students.

Bootham School’s Artist in Residence, Emily Binks, said, “The students have been working all term to plan and organise a public exhibition of their work; they have done everything from the conception of the idea to finding and securing a space to host the exhibition and of course produce the art work itself.”

The exhibition was timed to coincide with the school’s Parents’ Day which saw families celebrate the hard work of students and staff.

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Bootham recently played host to A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed by our talented students and produced by our very own Drama department. The shows were

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thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended and the Drama department would like to extend their thanks to all who attended and supported their work. Here is just a selection of comments from those who attended:

“Atmospheric, hilarious, brilliantly performed!”

“Dazzling performances from all involved”

“The interludes were beautifully sung”

“Just like a professional show!”

“A Bottom we won’t forget!”

“It was hilarious and brilliant!”

We’ll leave you with these final kind words – “I have seen a professional performance of this and I did not smile once. This performance, I could not stop laughing. Superb acting making one of Shakespeare’s comedies truly comedic. You did him proud. A big thanks to all players, crew and staff”.

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Paralympian, Claire Harvey, gave the keynote speech at Bootham School on Thursday, 17 November 2016.

As part of our week celebrating diversity and inclusion, and marking anti-bullying

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week, students and staff at Bootham School were delighted to welcome Claire Harvey as our keynote speaker.

Claire joined KPMG in 2014 following a successful career in both public and private sectors.  She has worked within the criminal justice system, most notably as a Prison Governor, and was one of very few female Riot Commanders as well as the Prison Service Diversity Champion.  In 2010, she joined the FSA as diversity lead and went on to become Head of Corporate Responsibility in 2011.

Claire is also a Paralympian, having competed as captain of the London 2012 women’s sitting volleyball team.  She has since switched to Athletics and was selected for Rio 2016, but had to withdraw due to injury.  She is currently ranked fourth in the world in seated discus and fifth in shot put.

Claire talked about how inclusion can be a power for good, creating successful businesses and communities where differences are welcomed, respected and celebrated, and looking at ways we can bring about a more inclusive world.

Photo: Claire Harvey, Senior Inclusive Leadership Consultant, KPMG, and Paralympian


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Bootham School’s new Headmaster, Chris Jeffery, was the first to congratulate student, Georgia Haynes, following her success in the Leeds Open Fencing Competition on Saturday,

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5th November.  She won the medal for ‘Best Placed Cadet’ and came 9th overall after losing by a very close margin to a Veteran GB fencer. 

Georgia has also been listed as a reserve for the Cadet GB squad for a competition in Copenhagen on 10th December, having already competed as part of the GB Cadet team in Germany last year when she was only fourteen. 

Chris Jeffery, said; “This is a fantastic achievement and recognition of Georgia’s ability at national and international level.  Georgia puts time and effort into everything she does, whether academic work, music or sport, and this success is well deserved. 

Of course Bootham values academic excellence, but we also promote the development of strong individual character, of resilience, of a wider outlook on the world, of those things that bring the deepest happiness in life, not just at school.   All this is what Bootham School is all about: getting the very best – intellectually, personally, spiritually – from the young people it is privileged to care for, and setting them on a road of lifelong fulfilment.

 We were very excited to hear about Georgia’s recent success.  Well done, Georgia, and good luck in your future competitions.”

Photo:  Georgia Haynes, Bootham School

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James Haynes and Harvey Lyon who are both sixth formers from Bootham School have been awarded a national Arkwright Engineering Scholarship.  These Scholarships support 16

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to 18 year old students during the final two years of their school studies.  The Scholarships are awarded to only the highest-potential students across the country who show promise to be future leaders in the Engineering Profession.

James and Harvey were selected from over 1400 applicants following a rigorous selection process comprising of a two-hour engineering aptitude exam and interviews at Edinburgh University for James and Brunel for Harvey.  Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are awarded annually and recipients have gone on to become CEOs of their own companies, industry Directors and leading academics.

Scholars are provided with exciting and exclusive opportunities to learn more about engineering, such as mentoring and company visits.

Harvey will be sponsored by Plowman Brothers Ltd.  This company is based in Yorkshire and provides engineering solutions to many industries. They work on diverse projects, from 3D printing and small bespoke fabrication through to large-scale industrial contracts.

James will be sponsored by the The Royal Aeronautical Society.

Bootham School students marked International Peace Day on 21st September with a silent witness demonstration along the School frontage facing the main road of Bootham.

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Students from both the Senior School and from Year 6 at Bootham Junior School took turns to stand behind the giant 30 foot banner as a mark of solidarity with those involved in various peace initiatives throughout the world.

Meanwhile, throughout the day there were various peace related themes running through the teaching timetable with ‘PEACE ONE DAY’ as the focus. The day culminated with a pinwheel decorated Peace Tree in the grounds of the School.

Newly arrived Headmaster, Chris Jeffery, said, “The theme of peace has rarely been more topical, given current world events, but for us at Bootham, peace is also about the way we live our lives and the positive approach we encourage in the resolution of conflict.

Disagreements are a natural part of the human condition; it’s how we go about resolving our differences which marks out the Quaker approach we try to model here. Strongly held views are encouraged, but the lesson for our students is to hear and respect the opinions of others, and in so doing to learn the skills of negotiation which leads to the peaceful resolution of conflict.”

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It’s a great welcome for new Head as Bootham School’s Sixth Form hits record numbers

As new Headmaster, Chris Jeffery, takes up the reins of Bootham

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School a new record has been reached in the School’s history. This September the School has recorded its highest ever number of Sixth Form students, a total of 178, 28 of whom are new this term. Chris Jeffery said, “It’s really encouraging to step straight into the record books on my very first day as head, but of course this milestone in the School’s history is down to the growing reputation which the School is enjoying throughout the country and well beyond. At Bootham the broad education we offer is founded on a strongly held set of positive values which stem from our Quaker ethos. As my predecessor, Jonathan Taylor, said, in the summer, when commenting on the School’s A level results, a student’s individual exam success is only a part of what they take with them from their school days at Bootham.

Chris Jeffery has taken up post following 12 years as Head of the highly regarded Grange School in Cheshire. He is not new to York, however, having studied History at York University.

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Sixth Form student, Guylaine Eckersley, from Bootham School has just received the exciting news that she will be performing at the Albert Hall in this

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year’s last night of the proms.  Guylaine won a place in the BBC Proms Youth Ensemble on bassoon after submitting a video in a competition for 14 to 21 year olds.  The Youth Ensemble will join forces with the world renowned BBC Symphony Orchestra on the last night of the proms in the Royal Albert Hall, to play a piece that was commissioned for the event.

Bootham School’s Director of Music, Paul Feehan, said, “This is an absolutely fantastic achievement and a tremendous opportunity for Guylaine to play with her “dream orchestra”. Well done Guylaine and good luck!”

Guylaine is a regular performer in the popular; Thursday Lunchtime Recital Room Events which take place at 1pm every Thursday during the school term.  Entry is free and access is directly off the street via 45 Bootham.  For more information visit

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12th June marks 100 years since the death of renowned physics Silvanus P. Thompson, who was born in York in 1851. Silvanus attended Bootham School

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between 1858 and 1867, and returned as a teacher between 1870 and 1875.  During his career he was appointed Professor of Physics at University College Bristol and was made Fellow of the Royal Society, President of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, President of the Physical Society of London and President of the Röntgen Society.  A blue plaque, recognising his particular contribution to science, is one view on the wall of 51 Bootham.

Silvanus P. Thompson benefitted from the revolutionary science teaching at Bootham.  In an age where schools of its type focused mainly on games and the classics, Bootham was an early pioneer of science teaching, and founded the very first school science society in 1837.  The school was particularly well equipped with laboratories and had its own observatory, and regular lectures were given by visiting scientists on everything from Anatomy, Mechanics, Fossil Zoology, Physics and even the construction of the Menai Bridge.  During a speech at the school 1902, Silvanus Thompson talked about the “many memories some of us have of the mysterious operations, the photography, and the chemical explosions which went on.”  He approved of how students were taught “not to be afraid to try, to put forward their strength, to make experiments.  This character, this sturdy independence, this originality of effort, which the school has fostered, may we not hope that it will long flourish?”  He argued that the pressure of examinations should not be allowed “to spoil in the future those features of originality, those sources of independent life, and those influences which have developed the School along its own lines?  Are we to have a school of which the primary consideration is that it shall score in taking off prizes at outside examinations?  I sincerely hope that will not be so.”

He was also a strong advocate of the role of women in science and went out of his way in welcoming women scientists into public domain.  In a speech in 1899, in support of the first address by a woman to the Society of Electrical Engineers, he said; “I want to widen the opportunities for women, and above all, to make them realise and share in the pleasure I feel, that the number of women who devote themselves to science may be an ever increasing one.”

Headmaster, Jonathan Taylor said; “We like to think that this thread of encouraging curiosity, of looking for the best in each individual and enabling each person to make the best use of their own talents has continued throughout the history of the school.”


Photo: Silvanus P. Thompson (in hat) greets Bootham Headmaster Arthur Rowntree

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BuroHappold, the Engineering Consultancy, set Bootham School Design and Technology students the brief of designing a scientific research facility to be based in the Antarctic.

The brief

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The facility would be home to a class of British high school students for one year.  The students would assist scientists with carrying out research into climate change.  The station would have to be designed to specifically address the design challenges facing a building in an extreme and inhospitable environment.

The young designers who took up the challenge had to take into consideration a number of design criteria including, architectural layout, construction, sustainability and future-proofing.  They then had to present their ideas to three engineers from BuroHappold

Bootham’s head of Design Technology, Eamonn Molloy, said, “The engineers were impressed with the quality of the student’s ideas, their detailed research, and their

ability to justify and explain the thinking behind their design decisions.  It was a great project to be part of.”


Photo: L to R Frankie Bartlett, Alex Johnson seated, Toby Houldridge, Christopher Chivers and Jack Leonard-Morgan along with engineers from BuroHappold

British Science Week is being marked in a big way at Bootham Junior School with every child involved in some way. The week includes

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visits from top scientists, including Professor Lucy Carpenter, whose work on the Earth’s oceans and atmosphere has earned her awards from the Royal Society. The children will also hear from Dr James Chong and his search for new bacterial species aimed at saving the soil and aiding food production.

Teacher, Valerie Davies, explained the significance of the week; “Meeting and learning from ‘real life’ scientists from different backgrounds gives the children a deeper understanding of the role scientists play in many diverse aspects of our lives, so they develop as socially-aware, questioning and active citizens of our modern scientific world.” Head teacher, Helen Todd, agreed, saying; “Science helps develop teamwork and citizenship, and a variety of problem solving and questioning skills that children will apply to other parts of their lives.”

The company ‘Science Boffins’ will also provide a day of exciting assemblies and workshops as part of the week.

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