Bootham School is a leading co-educational school set in the historic and cultural city of York.

Founded in 1823, the school welcomes students from around the world and this thriving community includes representatives from many different nationalities and cultures.

UK schools have a reputation for providing the highest standards of education in the world and Bootham School is proud to continue this tradition with its excellent academic results and caring and supportive environment.

Academic Choices

Bootham School takes international students from the age of 11 and prepares them for GCSE and A Level examinations. These qualifications are internationally recognised and welcomed by the world’s top universities.

The School provides challenging and rewarding courses which prepares students for Higher Education, as well as the demands of the working world in the twenty-first century.

English Language Support
English as an Additional Language (EAL) support is provided to assist students whose first language is not English.

Up to four lessons a week are offered on a one-to-one or small group setting. International students who enter at 16+ may also receive classes to prepare them for IELTS (British university English language entrance tests).

Where the school determines that a student needs EAL support, these classes will be compulsory and may be subject to additional fees.


There is an excellent range of activities on offer, both after school and at weekends.

Activities at Bootham







Keyboard skills


Bell Ringing


Life saving 


Big Band



Table Tennis

Book Club


Model painting

Tag rugby

Board Games

Film club

Natural History


Candle Making

First Aid


Water polo

Ceramics & Pottery#

Fun IT



Chamber Choir





Hip Hop



Choral Society





More than 72% of A Level Grades in 2017 were in the top A*to B grades.

73% students achieved their first choice of university

Recent university destinations include:

• Oxford and Cambridge
• University College London
• King’s College London
• Imperial College London
• London School of Economics
• Royal Academy of Music
• Guildhall School of music and Drama
• Glasgow School of Art


Please contact our Registrar for details of our admissions process at


The International Boarding fee applies for non EEA nationals living abroad is:

Year 7 – 8: £6,110
Year 9 – 13: £10,390

Prior to joining the School you will be asked for a “Registration Fee” of £75 for the first child and £50 for each subsequent child. Once you accept a place at Bootham, you will be charged an “Acceptance Fee” of £350. These charges are non-refundable.

In addition, families living overseas are required to pay a deposit on acceptance of a place. This deposit is offset against the final term’s bill and any balance refunded at that time. For further details, please contact the Registrar.

Fees at Bootham cover:

• tuition and most activities
• meals at school
• standard text books and most stationery
• laboratory and craft equipment
• Internet services
• personal accident insurance. Click here for more information.
• accommodation and all in-house facilities
• laundry and minor clothes repairs


Items which may carry an extra charge:

• individual musical instrument lessons
• supplementary coaching in specific subjects
• personal effects insurance. Click here for more information
• school and team photographs
• examination fees for GCSE and A/AS-level
• some excursion expenses (many are subsidised)
• dry cleaning, alterations and substantial repairs to clothes
• some craft and art materials
• some vocational aptitude testing and advice
• Special Educational Needs assessments


Termly Fees

Fees are reviewed each spring and normally come into effect from the Autumn term.

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