EYFS Playground Opening

On Friday 23 November, Bootham Junior School welcomed parents, EYFS children, Governors, staff and members of the press to the opening of the brand new EYFS playground.  With sensory water feature, bridge, raised planters, seating and playhouse it was a...

Olympic Games Legacy

College One Geographers in London On Tuesday 27th November the College One Geographers braved the weather and visited Stratford in the east end of London to explore the area which was partially redeveloped for the 2012 Olympics. Through questionnaires and...

Eco-Bricks Update

Would you like to get involved in our Eco Bricks Campaign? We'd love as many bottles as possible to be made over the festive period so we can recycle our waste and build something amazing, like a sofa... Watch our video to explain exactly what bottles you...

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...

Eco-Bricks

BEAST will be collecting Eco Bricks after Christmas to make some furniture for school. These bottles need to be of the same type, so we have established a collection system for the next few weeks to sort and process the bottles. • Bins will be placed in...

Legacy 110

Image of Bootham Student Rob Davidson with other ISSP school contributors. Rob Davidson, Alex Johnson and Lewis Kilbride, as part of York ISSP, were chosen, as one of only four schools / school groups across the country, to receive an award for Outstanding...

Fake News Results

Fake News Results We can reveal, following up the last newsletter item entitled Fake News, that Study B—suggesting that an over- abundance of toys can stifle toddler creativity—was real (and it wasn't really by Cassandra Balder, but actually by Dauch et al.). Study...

Oxfam Pop Up Shop

Oxfam were so impressed with Bootham's pop-up shop model that they have used it as a template to encourage other schools to do the same.  See just how Liz Brown and WAG run the annual event...

Code Breaker

Last week Bootham Maths Dept were lucky enough to have Tom Briggs visit with an Enigma Machine from Bletchley Park.  In a series of workshops throughout the day, he explained exactly how the machines worked and just how the staff at Bletchley were able to...

Climate Change Negotiation Simulation

On Wednesday the 7th November we were delighted to welcome Dr Sylvia Knight from the Royal Meteorological Society to work with Upper School Room on a Climate Change Negotiation Simulation exercise. Students role played delegates from 10 diverse countries...

British Schools Judo – Millie Haynes

Bootham School student Milly Haynes has qualified for the British Schools Judo Championships. Haynes was competing in the British Schools Judo Championships Northern Area Regional Competition representing Bootham School, where she won gold. She has now...

Eco Bricks

The Solution to plastic is here... Bootham School has committed to becoming involved with the ‘Eco bricks’ campaign. An Ecobrick is a reusable building block created by packing clean and dry used plastic into a plastic bottle to a set density. Ecobricks...

Ian Small 1943 – 2018

It is with great sadness yesterday that we received the news of the death of Ian Small, Headmaster of Bootham School from 1988-2004, following a short illness. The love, thoughts and prayers of our community are extended to his friends on the staff, former students...

Fake News

Real or Fake Challenge Can you tell the difference?  Students at Bootham were challenged with creating real or fake psychology studies.  In the era of 'fake news' we would like to conduct our own research into whether people can tell the difference.  Vote on whether...
Behind the Barcodes

Behind the Barcodes

Millions of women and men who produce our food are trapped in poverty and face brutal working conditions, despite billion-dollar profits in the food industry, reveals a new report published by Oxfam today.  The report, ‘Ripe for Change’, also assesses the...
Last week at the Junior School

Last week at the Junior School

Big Wide World Club Last week, Big Wide World Club ‘visited’ Japan. They learnt some basic greetings, the etiquette behind kow-towing and made origami bookmarks. This week, karaoke and noodle-slurping! Year 3 Last week Year 3 made...
sports news

Sports News

Hockey Bootham took U12 and U13 7 a-side Hockey teams to play against teams from St Olave's on Thursday afternoon. Both matches were played in great spirit.  It was their first match for some of our U12's, and not only did they play well, both teams won -...
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...

National Boarding Day

The 6th of October saw Bootham Boarders celebrating National Boarding Day run by the Boarding Schools Association. To celebrate, our boarders made handprint art for each of the boarding houses and all took part in a hotly contested quiz night. For those...

The Streets of York

An exciting exhibition of artwork and photographic images, capturing the changing streetscapes of our historic city through the last four centuries. A private viewing has been organised specifically for parents and pupils of Bootham School, for more...

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...

Sports News

Football The 1st XI played against Highgate School (London) on Wednesday afternoon in the 3rd round of the ISFA U18 cup. The game was heading for a goal-less first half before Highgate scored with three minutes to go. Both teams created enough chances to win the game...

Save a Baby’s Life

A FREE to attend (donations welcome, but no obligation) workshop to give those attending the confidence to cope in the unlikely event of a baby/young child emergency, such as choking, stopping breathing or drowning. Booking is essential, with Catherine...

Sports News

1st XI before their 4-3 victory against John Lyon School, Harrow Football The 1st XI had a long trip to Harrow on Wednesday to play against John Lyon School in the second round of the ISFA U18 competition. On a beautiful day the team had a great first half and went in...

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...

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Thank you to everyone for attending the Bootham Junior School Macmillan coffee morning last Friday and for the delicious cakes and generous contributions. The first ever Macmillan Coffee Morning happened way back in 1990. It was a rather small affair with a simple...

TEAM GB

We are delighted to announce that Toby Price has been selected to represent Team GB in the modern pentathlon at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires next month. Toby is currently in his final year at Bootham studying for A-levels in Physics, Biology, Mathematics...

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....
Bootham Students heard at Westminster

A letter from the Prime Minister

In the summer term our senior and junior school students wrote to our local MP Rachael Maskell to ask her to raise the issue of the shortfalls in resources and opportunities in global education with Theresa May. The links below take you to the resulting correspondence...

Sports News & Results

Sport It has been a really enjoyable and promising start to the sporting year. Pre-season training saw upwards of twenty students come in to school the week before the start of term and participate in 3 days of physical preparation in football and netball. Hopefully...
Gemma Abi Hayward

Sister Act!

Old Scholar Gemma Hayward, who is currently taking a year out of medicine to study a global health MSc at the university of Maastricht in the Netherlands, let us know that she’d had her first paper accepted by the scientific publication PLOS. The article...

Flora & Fauna

Natural History Trip At the end of the summer term twelve dedicated Schoolroom students spend 3 days looking at the fauna and flora of the local area. Departing school, tents were erected at Howsham Mill before fossil hunting on Cayton bay and a trip to...
Circus Sensible

Circus Sensible

Children at BJS had a wonderful start to the new school year with two performances from Circus Sensible in the Big Top, plus skills workshops. Despite first day nerves, they settled quickly and soon got to know the new children in their class. Children...
Bootham School A Level Results

CONGRATULATIONS!

A LEVEL SUCCESS FOR BOOTHAM STUDENTS ACROSS THE BOARD Students at Bootham School in York are celebrating the benefits of an education in which they can and do excel in a wide variety of subjects. Headmaster Chris Jeffery said: “Our overall results have given much...

House Cup Winners – Firbank

Congratulations to Firbank for winning this year’s house cup and a huge thank you to our house captains for all their hard work and enthusiasm over the last year.

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...

Expedition Day Fun!

A fantastic day was had at Lightwater Valley on expedition day.  Staff and students alike conquered The Ultimate (rollercoaster); they felt adventurous and...

Parents’ Day

Another year over and another fantastic, sunny and fun Parents' Day.  We hope you all enjoyed yourselves as much as we did.  Thank you to everyone who made it possible, with a special thanks to the catering staff for such an amazing lunch. Continental Café...
beast

BEAST Update

Biology Field trip to Bridlington On June 15 the A level Biologists went to Bridlington to study the sand-dune systems and investigate the role of the plant species in changing the bare sand in to a functional and thriving soil. The students worked hard,...

UKMT Junior Kangaroo

The Junior Kangaroo is sat by invitation only. Five students from Lower Schoolroom and Middle Schoolroom took part; Yiyang Xu, Alice McWalter, Alexander Stark, Charlie Thornton and Rowan Yin. The Junior Kangaroo is a one-hour multiple-choice paper, with 25...

York and District Schools’ Final

Tuesday 26 June saw our athletes compete in the York and District Schools' Final. There were 17 schools in total there; we had 31 athletes in the final and gained 21 top 3 placings. An outstanding performance from our athletes! Gold (Champions) Tabby Todd...

Time to Shine

This month saw the re-installation of the sun dial kindly donated by the Richardson family back in 1908.  The sun dial stood on the Masters lawn, however when the tennis courts were extended in 2014, it unfortunately became homeless.  So it is lovely to...

Physics Olympians

Four Middle Schoolroom students came 2nd overall and won the 'Turbocharged' activity at this year's Physics Olympics held at St Peter's last weekend. Students competed from all over the North, with 30 schools in total taking part. Details of each activity they had to...

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.  

Old Scholars London reunion

Another fantastic London reunion at The Antelope this past Thursday (14th June).  A fantastic turnout and so great to catch up with everyone.  We look forward to seeing you all again soon. Our next reunion is at Bootham on Thursday 13th December, Fellows &...
UKMT Junior Maths Challenge

UKMT Junior Maths Challenge

Students at Bootham achieved 6 gold certificates, 8 silver and 11 bronze in this year's UKMT Junior Maths Challenge. Over 260,000 students from across the UK sat the Junior Maths Challenge with roughly the top 6% receiving a gold certificate, 13% silver and 21%...
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...

Bootham School Transition Day

We think you'll agree that our YR6 students enjoyed their transition day at Bootham School.  They enjoyed making an art project, the caterpillar challenge, BEAST and finally (possibly the most exciting), the Bootham Bonanza!  With students from schools all...
Pride of Bootham

Pride of Bootham

Over 60 students, staff and parents turned out to support York Pride last Saturday and join the Pride march from York Minster to the Knavesmire.  It was a splendid turnout and everyone had a fantastic day; we are already looking forward to next...
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...
Junior Yearly Meeting 2018

Junior Yearly Meeting 2018

This year Liam Roche and Tiegan Boyens both in Upper Senior were able to attend this Quaker event held in London. Part of the epistle (summary) of the event said... 'we appreciated the diversity in the different ways of exploring our spirituality, such as...
Bank of England Regional Agent Visit

Bank of England Regional Agent Visit

College 1 students studying A levels in Economics, Business or Politics enjoyed a visit from the Bank of England's Regional Agent - Juliette Healey.  Juliette gave an up to date and informative presentation on the role of the Bank in terms of both Financial Stability...
Summer Salad Recipe

Time for a BBQ?

At the beginning of the term we introduced some fantastic new additions to the menu at Bootham, including an Antipasto Bar, as well as some great new sandwich fillings and summer salads to choose from. These have proved very...

#EndhungerUK Poetry competition

Congratulations to Carol Chen in Middle Schoolrooms who has come third in a national poetry competition aimed at raising awareness of hunger in the UK. Casia Wiliam, Welsh Children’s Laureate and one of the judges, felt her poem was “Very powerful. It...
Workshops at Bootham Junior School

ICE at BJS

Workshops at Bootham Junior School On Monday we offered free workshops at Bootham Junior School to all year 5 & 6 students.  The turnout was fantastic with 60 students in total from all across York... Science Engineering ...
Wearing blue for Dig Deep

Raising funds for ‘Dig Deep’

On Wednesday 16th May Bootham School held a non-uniform day where students were invited to 'Wear Blue' in an effort to raise money for, and raise awareness of, the charity Dig Deep. Old Scholar, Toby Putnam (who left Bootham in 2012), brought this charity...
Lower Schoolroom on the Wolds

A walk on the Woldside!

On a beautiful Spring Tuesday, Lower Schoolroom students took to the great outdoors to explore some Yorkshire landscapes. From the rare heathland of Skipwith common to the stunning dry valley of Horse Dale in the Wolds the students carried out a field work...

Sports news

Cricket The U15 team travelled to Hull last Monday and managed a good win against Hull Collegiate. The U12 team had their first game on the same evening at home to Hull Collegiate and were narrowly defeated. The U15 team played against St Peter's on...
Dig Deep Charity

Dig Deep Charity – Non Uniform Day & Bake Sale

On Wednesday 16th May Bootham School will be hosting a non-uniform day where students are invited to 'Wear Blue' in an effort to raise money for, and raise awareness of, the charity Dig Deep. Dig Deep Charity Old Scholar, Toby Putnam (who left Bootham in...
Lower Senior Geographers in the Lake District

Lower Senior Geographers in the Lake District

A mixed bag of cool, very wet and finally sunshine saw the Lower Senior Geographers take to the Lake District last week. The students worked very hard despite the rain and completed enquiries into river characteristics and the impact of tourism on the...

Poems for change

This week WAG have entered the #EndhungerUK poetry competition.  The poems below have been written by Bootham students. The campaign is working to highlight the route causes of poverty in the UK which lead to hunger. Find out more about them on twitter...
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...
College Two Business Studies students with Peter Creighton

Business studies……and chocolate!

College Two Business students enjoyed a presentation and questions and answer session with Peter Creighton who was a senior Marketeer with Cadbury's for many years. The students have to research the global chocolate market for their exams and were very...
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 -...
Geoff Smith Bootham Social Justice Programme

Bootham’s Social Justice Programme: Plagues, Pathogens and Politics

Bootham Old Scholar, Geoffrey Smith, is Professor of Pathology at Cambridge University and works closely with the World Health Organisation, as well as lecturing and advising all over the world.  All are welcome and tickets are free.

Sports News

Cricket The 1st XI played against Hull Collegiate on Wednesday. Bootham batted first and scored 139-3 with Ben Exall scoring 50 not out and Alistair Search scoring 42. Bootham then bowled well gaining 9 wickets, however Hull managed to increase their run...
Bake Sale

Grace’s bake sales raise over £200

Grace Whorley in College Two has been selected to volunteer in Tanzania with Voluntary Service Overseas on an International Citizen Service placement. She will be volunteering in Tanzania for just under 3 months from September. Whilst in Tanzania, Grace...
Andrew Rutherford Bootham Social Justice Programme

Bootham’s Social Justice Programme: Politics and Plays

Andrew Rutherford was Professor of Law at Southampton University but has been a vocal commentator on social issues over the years; memorably being interviewed by Jeremy Paxman on Radio 4. In his retirement he's written plays about social issues and...

Sports News

Representative success! Returning after the Easter holidays provided an opportunity to hear about a number of fantastic achievements from Bootham students. Angus McMillan helped England to a team silver medal at the ISF World Schools Cross Country...
Weiliczka salt mines

Berlin and Krakow cultural tour

Students from Lower Senior to College One ventured to Berlin and Krakow this Easter for a cultural tour, exploring sites of significance for Nazism, the Holocaust and the Cold War, whilst also gaining an insight into modern Germany and Poland's rich...
Finding frogs

Finding frogs!

Students had lovely lesson spent in the sunshine earlier this week looking for invertebrates.  However, with Upper Senior...being Upper Senior they found Vertebrates instead!! George Van Dam caught a beauty  and Joe Shillabeer found a lovely baby frog...
Grace goes to Tanzania

Grace goes to Tanzania!

Grace Whorley in College Two has been selected to volunteer in Tanzania with Voluntary Service Overseas on an International Citizen Service placement. She will be volunteering in Tanzania for just under 3 months from September. Whilst in Tanzania, Grace...
Maths Challenge

Challenging Maths!

Bootham came second in the UKMT maths team challenge out of over 22 schools in our region. Students were Grace Wiggers, Benji Alwis, Rohith Raman and Charlie Thornton who were all fantastic demonstrating their maths skills under pressure. In...
Glacier walking on the Solheimajokull

Ice, Ice baby – Geographers explore Iceland

The last week of the Easter break saw Liz, Anne and Rob from the Geography department accompany 29 students from Seniors and College to Iceland. Students explored geysirs, waterfalls, and hot springs, went off-road in Super Jeeps, walked on glaciers, swam...
Geographical Association Sixth Form Conference

Bootham hosts the York and District Branch of the Geographical Association Sixth Form conference

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...

College trip to Madrid

College students enjoyed a packed itinerary during a long weekend in Madrid. In addition to having 8 hours of intensive Spanish lessons, they visited the famous Prado museum, the Caixa Forum, the Royal Palace, the Queen Sofia museum, the Retiro Park, the...

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,...
Cross Country

English Schools Cross Country success for Angus

Cross Country Angus McMillan won a bronze medal in the New Balance English Schools Cross Country Championships at Temple Newsam. Angus narrowly missed out on a silver medal clocking 22.43 for the 6.8km course (1 second behind the silver medalist). This is an another...
Adult language courses

Evening adult language courses

Spanish adult students enjoyed their Easter celebration at Fossgate Ambiente Restaurant and took part in a game of Spanish scrabble organised by Bootham Old Scholar Zoe Plummer.  A good time was had by all! For details of adult language courses offered...
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...
Psychology

Bootham teacher gains National Acclaim for Public Engagement in Science

Stretching the mind... Bootham's Head of Psychology, Harriet Ennis, has been given an award by the British Psychological Society (BPS) for Public Engagement, largely in recognition of her work with the York Independent State Schools Partnership (ISSP) in...
Yorkshire Schools Conference

WAG collect school awards

Fair Trade in Yorkshire School's award 2018 On Monday representatives from WAG visited the University of York St John to attend and present at the Fair Trade in Yorkshire Schools Conference. The students presented on how we raise awareness of Fair Trade...
College One Geographers

College One Geographers in wild Wales

Last week our College One Geographers, along with their peers from The Mount School, went to the FCS Drapers Field Centre in north Wales for their fieldwork. The students braved all weathers - from extreme wind, torrential rain, enough sun to necessitate...
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...
Bootham School's Charity Committee

Bake Sale for Great Ormond Street

On Friday 9th March Bootham School's Charity Committee organised a bake sale to raise money for their Charity of the Term, Great Ormond Street Hospital. Great Ormond Street Hospital is one of the world’s leading children's hospital. They are the largest dedicated...
BBC School Report

BBC School Report

Upper Schoolroom took part in the BBC School Report for the fourth year running. Students enjoyed researching, engaging and presenting news. To see the work produced, look at; bbcschoolreport.boothamschool.com BBC School Report is a...
John Chen Pi Day Bootham School

Pi Day

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. It has been...
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...
Bootham Students heard at Westminster

Bootham students heard at Westminster

On February 22nd, Rachael Maskell MP used quotes from students at Bootham School in her speech on refugee family unification.  We are proud that so many of our students supported this cause and delighted that Rachael felt able to use their views in her...
WAG

Busy times for WAG

Last week the students from WAG (World Shaper Action Group) signed up to the International Women's Day pledge.  For more information or to see how you can sign up please go to internationalwomensday.com .  They also sent a letter to Rachael Maskell MP urging action on...
World Maths Day

World Maths Day 2018

Students at Bootham School enjoyed taking part in World Maths Day 2018.  They answered as many questions as possible in 20 different games.  The competition was organised as a collaborative event within each of the houses; Firbank, Brigflatts, Pendle and...
Bootham School Debating Society

News from the Debating Society

Bootham School Debating Society Last Monday, Dorian Macak and Livvy Thew represented Bootham School Debating Society in the third round, and regional final, of the national ESU (English-Speaking Union) Mace debating competition.  To be regional finalists is a real...
Design & Technology Students Win

Design & Technology Students win 1st Prize!

Design & Technology Students Win 1st Prize On Tuesday Qiu Qiu Chen, Henry Elsome, Jimmy Zhang and Emily Watson attended the annual Rotary Schools Technology Tournament at Portakabin in Huntington. Twenty eight groups from schools in York and the...
Bootham School's Charity Committee

Calling all Bakers! – Charity Bake Sale

WE NEED YOUR HELP! On Friday 9th March Bootham Schools Charity Committee will be holding a charity bake sale, to raise money for our Charity of the Term: Great Ormond Street Hospital. Great Ormond Street Hospital is one of the world's leading children's...

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...