Sometimes the map indicates only the area and not the exact location of the property
The Quaker foundation of Bootham School 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.
Boarding at Bootham is all about fun and companionship. Things like ‘bedtimes’ and ‘leave’ are all worked out on sensible lines with normal ‘family disciplines’ applied. The house you’re in is based on age and gender. The girls are all together in the largest house, Rowntree, which in fact covers three Georgian houses with the sixth form girls in their own ‘town house’ style flats. The boys are divided between three other similar Georgian houses, Penn for the youngest 11-13 years; Fox for 14 and 15 year olds and Evelyn for the sixth form.
The Bootham Curriculum goes significantly further than the requirements for each year band of the National Curriculum. To see more about sixth form subjects click on ‘Sixth Form’.
Lower and Middle Schoolrooms (Years 7 and 8)
All pupils take English (including Drama), Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, History, Classical Studies (becoming Latin in Year 8), French, Religious Studies, Art, Ceramics, Music, Design and Technology, Information Technology, Physical Education and Health Education.
Upper Schoolrooms (Year 9)
All pupils take English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, French, Spanish, Latin or Classical Studies, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Art, Music, Design and Technology, Careers and Physical Education. Information Technology is integrated throughout the curriculum.
Lower and Upper Seniors (Years 10 and 11)
All pupils take a core of English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics (either as three single sciences or for the Double Award) and a modern Foreign Language (French or Spanish).
From subject option groups, pupils can then choose from Art & Design, Classical Civilisation, Design and Technology, Drama, Geography, History, Latin, Music, Religious Studies and a second Foreign Language.
This scheme leads to pupils taking ten or eleven GCSE subjects, according to their ability.
All pupils also take non-examined courses in Personal and Social Education, Careers, Physical Education and Religious Studies.
College Class (Sixth Form or Years 12 and 13)
In the first year, students take four, or exceptionally five AS-Level subjects chosen from Art, Biology, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Design and Technology, Economics & Business Studies, English Literature, French, Further Mathematics, General Studies, Geography, German, History, Information Technology, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sports Studies and Theatre Studies.
In the second year, students continue with three, or four, subjects to full A-Level. (To see more about sixth form subjects click on ‘Sixth Form’.)
Academic and social well-being
When pupils join the school they enter a form or tutor group (sixth form). The form tutor takes special responsibility for the academic performance and the social well-being of each individual in their care. At Bootham we set our reputation on the strength of our pastoral care and the form tutors know that they play a key role in discharging this responsibility. Parents and guardians are our partners in ensuring that the school can provide the right structures and atmosphere for our young people. We therefore welcome your active support and involvement.
Good work habits, co-operation and tolerance create the happy, family atmosphere for which the school is known.
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, founder of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Art & Design
Three studios, ceramics facility, printing department and two excellent design technology workshops. All provide first class academic and extra curricular resources.
Award-winning hall with seating for 450 conference delegates. Full sound system and hearing loop.
Four boarding houses in elegant Georgian buildings (see ‘boarding’ on the main menu)
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 four 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 are two further boarding houses and 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, Ebor.
An up-to-date Careers Library with full multimedia resources.
Computers / IT
The school has fast 24-hour broadband and every PC in the school has access to this. We run the very latest software, including Office, Frontpage and Adobe Photoshop and e-mail is available to all pupils. There are colour laser printers in each of the two dedicated ICT suites and each suite has the benefit of a projector and smart board.
The award-winning Hall offers a fine venue for Drama with a good-sized stage, orchestra pit and technical set-up. There are several productions each year for pupils of all ages.
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. The Health Centre, known as the ‘Lodge’ is housed in the centre of the main campus.
Seven laboratories subject to a continuous program of investment focusing on the latest ICT equipment give specialist science teaching in each discipline from the very earliest years. The school has always enjoyed a reputation for excellence in science, with eighteen Old Scholars having become Fellows of the Royal Society (FRS).
Two Libraries; one fiction and one reference with over 10,000 books,a suite of computers including lap tops, an extensive collection of multi-media resource material, periodicals and a newspaper cuttings service.
All overseen by a full-time qualified Librarian who is actively involved in the development of pupils’ research skills.
The Music School and Theatre provide wonderful opportunities for developing musical talent and around two-thirds of the 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 and have been highly successful in both regional and national competitions. In 2004, a member of the sixth form was national young composer of the year.
The school observatory is an unusual feature in a school of this size and gives pupils the chance to take an active interest in the universe beyond our world. With two telescopes and revolving roof the observatory has recently undergone major refurbishment.
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 (see ‘prospectus on line’).
Each subject specialism has its own departmental area within the main campus. Classrooms are all IT equipped and each department has its own resource area with departmental library collections and multi-media teaching aides. For more information about individual subjects, see ‘sixth form’ on the main menu.
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