It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Bootham Junior School web area.
My staff and I like nothing more than the opportunity to explain the purpose behind our day-to-day work and what it all means for the most important people here – the children.
Our job is to provide them with a stimulating and challenging time, both inside and outside the classroom.
Through a lively curriculum and a varied range of activities we strive to embed the necessary skills for the educational challenges which our pupils will face in the years ahead.
Comments below are from the Independent Schools Inspectorate report on Bootham School, January 2014
"Throughout the school, the pupils’ spiritual development is outstanding and fully supports the school’s aims. Pupils of all ages absorb the school’s Quaker ethos which embodies the key spiritual principles of unity, peace and tolerance within a framework where ‘that of God in everyone is sought out and addressed’. In doing so, pupils, including the youngest, develop into kind, compassionate human beings with a keen sense of service and duty to others and a firm moral compass. From the central Quaker tenet of looking for the best in each individual, they gain self-awareness and from the school’s emphasis on celebrating and cherishing individuality, they gain high levels of self-confidence and self-esteem, whilst remaining strongly empathetic to others. They value highly the regular corporate silences, which allow all pupils, from the EYFS to Year 13, time to reflect on the non-materialistic aspects of life.
The quality of leadership and management, including links with parents, carers and guardians, is excellent. Throughout the school, the senior staff, the Leadership Meeting (LM), successfully provide a highly-distinctive and strongly values-led direction for the school, as confirmed by the quality of pupils’ overall educational experience and their excellent personal development. Their aspirations for pupils in all parts of the school are radical and ambitiously far-reaching, reflecting the scope of educational vision at the school. This aim and vision is most effectively shared with and understood by all members of the school community".
Since Quakers believe there is ‘that of God’ in everyone, the School emphasises responsibility for self and for others. We place a premium on integrity, honesty and trustworthiness from an early age.
We also know our young pupils thrive in a nurturing early years environment, so our main objective is to ensure your child’s years with us are happy, stimulating and successful ones.
Jonathan Taylor, Head of Bootham School, says, “We have a huge responsibility to give our students the best chances we can”. By meeting our main objective we are confident Bootham Junior will remain the perfect stepping stone to life at the Senior School and beyond.
I look forward to welcoming you to Bootham Junior School. Helen Todd, Head
Bootham Junior School, Rawcliffe Lane, York, YO30 6NP