On Thursday 22nd March Bootham hosted the annual Sixth Form Conference for the York and District Branch of the Geographical Association. This year we had 87 attendees from 6 schools across Yorkshire, Bootham, The Mount, All Saints, Huntington, Barnard Castle and Pocklington.
The morning session saw Louise Butcher, who is a current exam marker and teaches at Fulford School, give an excellent and informative session on how to approach the new A level exam questions. In the afternoon the question of ‘What makes place?’ was explored through the lens of York. David Fraser Chief Executive of York Civic Trust, Steve Brown Managing Director of Make it York, and Dr Annabel Jenkins and Professor Alistair Boxall from York University’s York City Environment Observatory (YCEO) project all contributed. Students were left in no doubt that they do live in or close to ‘the best place to live in the UK’ but that this doesn’t happen by chance.
The whole afternoon could be summarised in the phrase coined by David Fraser that ‘change happens and it’s our job to ensure that the change that happens is the right change for York’. By doing this we will secure our city into the future, a city of heritage and high-tech, a UNESCO city of Media Arts, a place we all want to visit, live, work, study and do business in into the future.
Many thanks to the whole Bootham support team who made our visitors so welcome.
Liz Brown – Chair of York and District GA