Upper Schoolroom Children’s Theatre Performances

Children's Theatre Performances for Bootham Junior School This week the drama department welcomed Year 3, 4 & 5 Bootham Junior School students to the Senior School to watch the Children's Theatre performances performed by Upper Schoolroom students. Since...
Songs of Sanctuary

Songs of Sanctuary

York City of Sanctuary put on a fabulous concert entitled Songs of Sanctuary on Monday the 2nd December, using the main hall at Bootham Senior School. Our student volunteers did a fantastic job welcoming guests to the concert, serving non - alcoholic punch, baklava,...

Willow Pattern Play

Year 5 performed a retelling of the Willow Pattern story from the famous ceramic pattern on Wednesday. The children wrote the play-script, made the puppets and composed all the musical accompaniment. Quite a feat! The play forms part of our Year 5 topic of China,...

Lamel Beeches Concert

Audition fever at Bootham

This week marked the beginning of Bootham School's first ever production of a West End Musical.  Auditions began and students showed just how capable they are at putting on a production. Auditions continued on Friday and casting will be announced during next week....
GCSE Results

Celebration was in the Air!

Students at Bootham School were celebrating improved GCSE results today, with grades up from last year on all usual measures.Over 50% of passes earned a grade 9-7 (the equivalent of the old A*/A grades), with over half of Biology, English Literature,...
A Level Celebrations

A Level Celebrations Go Worldwide at Bootham

There was a strong international flavour to A Level celebrations at Bootham this year. More than a quarter of the year group gained at least 3 A grades in their exams and amongst them was a very cosmopolitan collection of students, representing not just...

Giant Dolls’ House Project – Stand As One

Pupils from Bootham School join forces with refugees on Giant Dolls’ House installationGiant Dolls’ House installation to open at V&A Museum of Childhood on 14 JuneSchoolchildren from Bootham School have contributed to the Giant Dolls’ House...
The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

Bootham School English and Drama Departments present:"The Importance of Being Earnest"By Oscar WildeEdited by Russell JacksonFirst performed on 14 February 1895 at the St James's Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain...
Turner Prize 2019 - Lawrence Abu Hamdan

Turner Prize 2019 – Lawrence Abu Hamdan

We are delighted that Bootham Old Scholars' Lawrence Abu Hamdan has been shortlisted for the prestigious Turner Prize. His work examines the political effects of listening, using audio to explore its effects on human rights and law.  This has led to him...

Mrs Sunderland Music Competition

Emily Watson, Ellie Maury and Sammy Johnson competed in the Year 11 and Under and the Open Woodwind classes at this year's Mrs Sunderland Music Competition in Huddersfield Town Hall. In the Year 11 class Emily was awarded 1st place and won the Holmes Cup...

Celebration of Gardens and Landscapes

Curator Prof Christopher Ridgway talks to Rachel about thoughts of garden and landscape. The Hon Nicholas Howard and Mrs Victoria Howard OBE launched a new exhibition of Celebration of Gardens and Landscapes. Greg McGee, the artist, invited a handful of...

Community Music Concert

Calling all musicians whether students, staff or parents to take part in a musical extravaganza on Thursday the 14th March to raise money for the charity - The Dragonfly Schools Foundation. All abilities and all musical genres welcome. The timing will be 7 - 9.30pm...

Words not Weapons!

Zara and Freya Forbes have entered the Save the Children ‘Words not Weapons’ creative arts competition which is part of the ongoing campaign to achieve peace in Yemen. Both students were moved to enter this competition following the work they did last year...

Congratulations!

Upper Senior Emily Watson recently competed in the Haydn Wood Festival and was awarded 1st place in the Open Woodwind Class and 2nd place in a large and very competitive Open Recital Class.  Emily was awarded the Robert Clarke Memorial Trophy for the highest mark of...

And the beat goes on…

Journeyman Theatre Production Saturday 10 November saw students from Religious Studies visit Friargate for a production of 'And the beat goes on'.  An interesting experience for all as the play brought to life numerous examples of Quaker non-violent direct...
Mek Ah Step

Mek Ah Step

Creative arts and social action On Tuesday 9 October, we were pleased to welcome Maddy Leftwich (Old Scholar 2008), and Haylee Venus the founder of a theatre company called Mek Ah Step, into school.  Maddy and Haylee are now involved in a joint initiative...
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Weathered Thoughts

Poem written by Amira Brar - Upper Schoolroom   Image Credit: Eddie Mitchell 

Our House

How lucky we are to live in the cultural city of York, with a wealth of amateur theatre companies producing high quality entertainment for us throughout the year. Two of our students, Libby Tomlinson and Alice McWalter will soon be performing in York Light Youth’s...

Change

The theme for this years Inter-house Poetry Competition is 'Change'.  Students were asked to give examples of what 'change' meant to them and the above wordle was created from the words suggested. The competition was launched at the beginning of term and...
Music at Bootham

Music at Bootham

Music at Bootham Congratulations to Ellie Maury, Emily Watson and Sammy Johnson who have all been chosen to be part of the newly formed York Youth Orchestra.  Additional congratulations go to Emily, who, out of 28 flautists nationally, was awarded one of...

Big Wide World Club

Big Wide World Club began last week with some very eager Y3s and 4s. The first country we learned about was Mexico. We learnt about Mexican food and language, listened to traditional music (with some very impressive, impromptu dancing) and began making our...

End Hunger UK Exhibition

Last term Carol Chen in Middle Schoolrooms came third in a national poetry competition aimed at raising awareness of hunger in the UK. This term Carol was asked to join the End Hunger UK Touring Exhibition in Carlisle and read her poem to the attending audiences....

International Art Project

You may remember our news from last year about our art project with China and Vietnam.  The artwork from China has now arrived and is on display in the Junior School Hall, along with stories and photos from the schools. We are also extremely proud to...

Music for Youth Competition

Musical Youth Nikki Warrington and her superb flute ensemble (from left to right Emily Watson, Angela Wang, Ellie Maury, Nikki Warrington, Sammy Johnson, Guylaine Eckersley, Imogen Davey) about to perform in the final of the Music for Youth Competition at...

Scholars’ Project – Lego Infinity War

Scholars' Project We were in absolute awe of some of the projects created/worked upon for the Scholars' Projects this year. This particular project by Ava Harris in Upper Schoolroom just blew us away...

The Scottish Play

Yr 6 were lucky enough to get tickets to go and see Macbeth at a pop up theatre in York.  It was an amazing experience, they even got to meet some of the actors during the interval. Yr 6 student David Vicary very kindly wrote a review of the play as part...

Art Projects at Bootham Junior School

Art Awards Congratulations to all children in Years 4, 5 and 6. They have been successful in completing Trinity College's Art Award at the Explore Level. This is an Entry Level Qualification.  More information about the award and the next levels, Bronze,...

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Lower Schoolroom students went on an Art trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.  They enjoyed a guided tour of the park exploring the sculptures.

Muraltastic! Trompe L’oeil

Harriet Ennis and Harriet Wood (Bootham Head of Psychology and Bootham Old Scholar respectively) collaborated to deliver masterclasses in Psychology and Mural Art for York ISSP’s new Primary Schools’ project. The two Harriets met in the recital room over a...
the white noise collective

The White Noise Collective

'The White Noise Collective' Private View Friday 29th June, 6.30pm - 9pm White Noise Collective is made up of College students from Bootham School. We aim to create a dialogue around young contemporary artists within York.  
The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie

On Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd June at 7.00pm in the Auditorium, the English and Drama departments are staging a joint production of The Glass Menagerie by the American playwright, Tennessee Williams. Set in the city of St Louis in the 1930s, the play...
James Thistlethwaite

James Thistlethwaite ‘Summer of Color’

Old Scholar James Thistlethwaite takes on a 26ft installation of his art at Laguna Beach, California, as part of Seven-Degrees 'Summer of Colour' season.  A one-night only event that featured participating artists from Summer of Color, the event was an...
Amnesty International Fashion Show

Amnesty International Fashion Show – Gallery

Brilliantly organised by Hannah Long and Marianna Cox and supported by the sensational technical crew, led by Luke Gilliver, the Amnesty International Fashion Show was a huge success.  The theme of 'Fashion through the decades' saw students from Year 6 at...
Sister Corita prints

Sister Corita prints for sale

Jade Blood, our talented Art Technician, kindly donated two of her screen prints to the Amnesty International Fashion Show on Thursday 26th April. They raised a lot of money on the night, helping towards the fantastic £1356.71 total we raised for this...
Amnesty Fashion Show

Amnesty International Fashion Show

On Thursday 26th April we held our annual student-led ‘Amnesty International Fashion Show’. This year the theme was Time Travel. Students from both the Junior and Senior School as well as staff showed off a careful selected array of inventive outfits -...

Historical Association Lecture – 27th April, 7pm

On Friday 27th April Bootham is hosting the York Branch Historical Association lecture. We welcome Annabel Rowntree from Oxford University to come and talk to us on "Politics and prestige: presenting power in Habsburg Spain" Under the early Habsburgs,...
York Open Studios

York Open Studios – Bootham School Arts Centre

Each year York Open Studios provides an opportunity for the public to visit artists' studios and exhibitions. Richard Barnes David Swales Freya Horsley Bootham School Arts Centre will once again be opening its doors for York Open...
Much ado about nothing

Much Ado about Nothing

Lower Senior enjoyed a fast paced, highly entertaining production of 'Much Ado about Nothing' in the splendid surrounding of the Globe theatre last Saturday. Much Ado about Nothing written between 1598 and 1599 is Shakespeare’s most frequently performed...
Music Competition

Bootham music hits a high note!

Over the last few weeks, several students have taken part in the The Mrs Sunderland Music Competition and The Harrogate Music Festival, with many successful results. The Mrs Sunderland Music Competition Woodwind Class Year 11 and under 1st place - Emily...
Charlotte Ellery

Congratulations, Charlotte!

Charlotte Ellery, former Bootham student who left College 2 in 2016 and is now studying Classics at King's College London, has just won first prize in a prestigious competition open to students and staff at King's College and The Courtauld Institute of...

The Dragonfly Schools Foundation

Arts Centre Foyer We invite you to come and have a look at the new display in the Arts Foyer.  A stunning selection of photographs of children helped by The Dragonfly Schools Foundation.  Bootham School has worked with very closely with the charity, and...