The Purpose of a Bootham Education

Bootham is a Quaker School. Its purpose is to liberate its young people, equipping them to flourish as adults and to live adventurous lives that will serve to create a better world.

Bootham Quaker Ethos

The values of the Society of Friends have been at the heart of Bootham School since it was founded in 1823. The purpose of Bootham’s Quaker Education is to liberate and equip its young people to flourish as adults and to live adventurous lives that will serve to create a better world.

Inside the classroom

Quakers believe every contribution is worthwhile and that truth is not confined to a single point of view. These principles are at the heart of our approach to teaching. We appreciate the talents of each student and our small classes allow us to nurture potential from an early age. Our teachers have the freedom to teach. They are encouraged to be as creative as possible. Similarly, our students are confident enough to ask questions and to contribute ideas of their own. This produces a mature and mutually respectful learning relationship between teachers and students.

Outside the classroom

Students at Bootham are nurtured outside the classroom as much as they are inside the classroom. An exciting programme of activities and excursions equips our young people to flourish as adults and encourages them to live adventurous lives that will serve to create a better world

Health & Wellbeing

The health and wellbeing of our students and staff is paramount. We have an excellent support network of highly-trained staff who work tirelessly to ensure your child is both happy and healthy. Our on-site medical facilities are first-class and our catering staff work with nutritionists to optimise the health of your child at every stage of their development.

Results & Destinations

The summer of 2018 saw our hardworking students and staff who achieving another year of wonderful results.

Our A Level results gave much cause for celebration, bucking the national trend with an increased percentage of grades at A* (19%), almost three-quarters between A*-B and a 100% pass rate. Over 90% of those applying for university were accepted onto one of their chosen courses, with 75% getting into their first choice, including top courses at Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, Imperial and so on.

Three A* grades were also awarded to Najeeb Al-Shabibi, Tom Gray, Terence Li, Jessie Meyer, Matthew Valks and Eudora Zheng. Najeeb, Geroge Cooper and Tom Widgery join Dom in meeting Oxbridge offers.

Head Chris Jeffery said: “This year’s results put us in the top 10% of schools for adding value at A level. Add to that 53% of top grades at GCSE over the past five years and 75% at the A*-B equivalent, and these statistics very clearly pass muster, undoubtedly bearing comparison with any school in this or any area.”

Individual successes belonged among many others to Dom Bielby (York’s Member of the Youth Parliament and former Chair of the York Youth Council) whose 3 A* and 1 A grades secured a place at Cambridge to read Law, and a first step towards a possible career in politics.

Chris Jeffery added “These are just a few of the many stories of success we acknowledge today; there are lots of students whose grades represent real achievement, progress and fulfillment of potential, which is what Bootham is all about. More importantly, we are proud of the fine young people they have become and equally proud to send them on their way into the world, where we are sure they will have an impact for good.

“It is important to remember that these results do not define us or our students. While we will always encourage aspiration, hard work and dedication, Bootham School does not place the pursuit of grades above everything else. We will not sacrifice the wider life of the school on the altar of a flawed exam system and we will not assume that, if our students are doing well in the classroom, they must be developing all the skills and values they need to make an impact on the world beyond school.

“We are hard-wired to try to get the best out of everyone, academically, personally and spiritually, and are therefore predisposed to value each as an individual in his or her own right, never just as a potential statistic or one of a group.”

View the Destinations of College Two Leavers 2018 here

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