This week at the Junior School

We are delighted to announce that Year 5 came 1st in the York Sumdog Maths competition. In total 55803 questions were answered by 315 students in the county, with our class average being the highest - a true feat of collaboration! In addition, Alex O’Hagan was...
Global Teachers Award

Teachers Share Global Outlook

BOOTHAM School was the venue for an innovative teaching course on how to turn students into global citizens. Primary and Secondary teachers from across the region came together for the one day Global Teacher Award (GTA) course. Global Learning, or Global...

OS George Winfield named Top Entrepreneurial Talent

Congratulations to Bootham Old Scholar, George Winfield.  George's company, SPYRAS, has just been named one of the top entrepreneurial talents by Santander. Spyras's technology allows for deeper insights into respiratory function analysis than previously able...

Self-Care tips from Young Minds UK

After a long summer break, the new academic year brings with it a fresh start. This may excite us or worry us - there is no right way to feel about it.  Whatever the case, it's important that we look after ourselves.  So if you are just starting school, approaching...
Super Volcano

York and District GA – Super Volcanoes

Super Volcanoes or, something even scarier than Brexit?!The York and District Branch of the GA hosted the renowned Geophysicist Bill McGuire, Emeritus Professor at UCL, to talk about the threat of Super Volcanoes using the 1815 Tambora eruption as an...
Climate Strike News

Climate Strike News

Climate Strike NewsBootham School was very well represented at the Climate Strike event on Friday 20th September in central York. Gathering with hundreds of other strikers from across York educational institutions and businesses we listened to impassioned...

Lamel Beeches Concert

Pretty Muddy!

Year 5 children (and siblings) raised lots of money for charity on Saturday at the Pretty Muddy event.  Judging by the photos it was definitely VERY muddy!!
Books4Africa

Books4Africa

Recycling at it's best!With all the recent changes in exam specifications, the school has a number of redundant books and this week 32 boxes of textbooks (see photo) went to a charity called Books4Africa. For more information about the charity see...
Climate Catastrophe

Climate catastrophe and the great turning…

Climate CatastropheOn Tuesday Extinction Rebellion (XR) activist and self-proclaimed lover of nature and the planet, Tom Deacon, presented to our morning meeting and later gave a talk to College 1 in Specials.Tom spoke to us powerfully of the true likely...

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...
Bootham Students heard at Westminster

Social Action Update

Social Action updateOver the summer we were delighted to receive a letter from York Central MP, Rachael Maskell, in response to the letters our students had written her last term about both the Send My Friend to school Campaign and the war in Yemen. It was...
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...
Pop Up Success

Pop-Up Success

Many thanks to everyone who supported this year’s Oxfam Pop-up Shop on Parents’ Day, we raised £470 on the day and the unsold donations were taken to the Oxfam shop on Goodramgate where they will continue to make money throughout the year.  Particular...
Expeditions Days

Expeditions Days

Another fantastic two days were had by all on this year's expeditions days. Could you choose only two from the list below? 3D Modelling Mural Painting Mapping Uganda Play in a Day First Aid Italian Culture Footgolf & Bubble Football York...
Primary Engineers awards

Primary Engineer Leaders Awards

We were very proud to attend Teesside University for the Primary Engineer Leaders Awards last week, where three of our Year 6 pupils were honoured for their amazing work.Gil Andrew has won first prize for his project ‘The Energy Bike.’Naman Patel has been...

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...

Send My Friend to School

On Friday 21st June Rachael Maskell MP visited Bootham School to meet with some Upper School Room students. All schoolrooms students have taken part in the Send My Friend to School campaign which aims to help unlock education for all children around the...
York Festival of Ideas

York Festival of Ideas

College I Economics and Politics students visited the University of York for an enrichment day last week. The day, A Fair Economy. A Better World, was part of the York Festival of Ideas. We investigated whether it is feasible to create a fair and resilient economic...
Refugee Week

Refugee Week

Refugee Week 17 - 23 June Bootham School are proud to host a public talk by Gulwali Passarlay, to start off Refugee Week on Monday 17 June.  All tickets are free and the talk is open to everyone; we hope to see you there.“Gulwali is a dedicated...
Exams

Exams: How to look after yourself

It’s never too late to help create a good mind-set for making it through exams. Whether it’s GCSEs, A Levels or end of year tests, looking after yourself during this time can come down to; get plenty of sleep, eat properly and keep hydrated, be active and...
Schools of Sanctuary

Schools of Sanctuary

Schools of SanctuaryPaul Wordsworth, Selena Whitehead and Edward Wells of Schools of Sanctuary, came into school on Tuesday the 21st May to tell us about what York is doing to create a climate of welcome and inclusion for refugees.  They also wanted to...
Bikes in Need

Bikes in Need – Old Bikes Needed for Donation

Bikes in Need is a small charity that takes old and broken bikes and repairs them before sending them off to people and institutions who need them, such as youth hostels and refugees who have no way to travel around York. Run by Emma Frost and her...
Beth Shalom

Beth Shalom

Upper Schoolroom students and staff had a really interesting trip to the National Holocaust museum, Beth Shalom, on Monday. There was plenty of time to reflect in the gardens which are full of sculpture and other memorials to the victims. The museum area...
Junior Yearly Meeting

Junior Yearly Meeting

Junior Yearly Meeting is a Quaker residential event attended by 70 young people aged 15 to 18 years old, It was held during the Easter holidays. Two Bootham students : Liam Roche and Lois Vohra attended this year. Liam had the extra responsibility of being...
Old Scholars Reunion

Annual Old Scholars Reunion

Another fantastic weekend at the annual BOSA Old Scholars Reunion. It is always fun to reminisce and catch up with everyone! As always the Friday evening buffet was well attended. The catering team provided a fantastic array of finger buffet delights for all to...
SASH Sleep Out at Bootham

The Big Sleep Out – SASH

Although it was after the end of the Easter term, the Sleep Out organised by SASH ( Safe and Secure Housing) using Bootham as a base, managed to raise a whopping £23,281.84 for the homeless in York.  About a hundred and six members of the public were...
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...
Scottish Beach

New Term – New Beginings

Morning meeting was a timely reminder of the new start that each term brings us.  As with the beach where the ebb and flow of the tide washes away what was once and wipes the slate clean ready for a new day.  So does each new term allow us the chance to...

Intermediate Maths Challenge

Over 250,000 students from more than 3,000 schools across the UK competed in the Intermediate Maths Challenge. Students had one hour to answer 25 questions. High scores were awarded certificates to recognise their success, with the top scorers invited to...

NSEA Arena Eventing

Junior School student Zac Edwards and his horse Steady Neddy competed in the NSEA Arena Eventing for the school in the 70cm and 80cm class. Zac came 5th out of 30 competitors in the 70cm class, narrowly missing out on a national qualification spot by one...

Geographers at Bootham

On Thursday 28th March the York and District branch of the Geographical Association hosted their annual conference with over 120 students from 10 schools across North Yorkshire. After a morning immersed in exam technique delivered by Louise Butcher the...

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...

Climate Change Protest

On Friday local politicians, teachers and students protested in St Helen's Square.  Present were representatives from a number of political organisations and campaigning groups including the Green Party, Extinction Rebellion and SWP. A podium had been...

Reduced energy cost and lower emissions

The Quaker value of simplicity, which supports taking good care of the earth and trying to leave the world in a better place after we have left, has driven the school to actively support sustainability and tackle environmental issues relating to its...

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...

Winning Streak!

Congratulations to Nikita Tcarik, who achieved 1st and 2nd places for both single and team events in the wind tunnel discipline of the Skydiving Championships in St Petersburg recently. Nikita won 1st place in the dynamic-4 discipline, 2nd place in the...

Fair Enough!

On Tuesday 12 February WAG hosted their annual Fair Trade bake-off competition. This year themed around St Valentine’s day. Entries of 12 cup-cakes using at least 2 Fair Trade ingredients were judged by a fine panel of cake connoisseurs made up of Chris...

NSPCC Visit

NSPCC visited our school and delivered their Speak out. Stay safe. KS1 and KS2 assemblies and workshops for Y5 and Y6, to share information with the children about how they can keep themselves safe from harm and get help if they have any worries. It was a...

Mapping the blank

Or how a Geographer is helping provide humanitarian aid in Uganda On Tuesday 22nd the York and District Branch of the Geographical Association hosted Dr Jonny Huck from the University of Manchester.  The 60 strong audience were treated to an absolutely...

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...

Last week at the Junior School

Epiphany Celebrations Year 2 Spanish students had a happy surprise when they came back to school last Tuesday... the Three Kings had visited them and left some sweets in their made up shoes. This is the tradition in Hispanic countries on the 6th of...

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.)....

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

Image Credit Creator:Picasa  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...

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...
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...

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...

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 liberated!

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...

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...