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
Huge congratulations to all our hardworking A Level students and staff who, between them, have achieved another year of wonderful results. Over 72% of scores achieved between A* and B grade, and nearly a quarter of students secured at least three A grades. 84% of those applying to university this year have secured a place on one of their chosen university courses.  This year, the examinations were particularly challenging with the change to tougher linear A Levels. Headmaster Chris Jeffery said: “We are very proud of the achievements of our young people, who have coped so well with the challenge and chaos inherent in the ridiculously phased introduction of Michael Gove’s new A Level system. The statistics, however, can never tell the whole story of the dedication that so many of them have shown in working hard for success, and of the considerable obstacles that some have overcome to secure their grades. They also only hint at the inspiration and support that their teachers have offered. As ever, we are proud of their academic achievements, but even more proud of the impressive, thoughtful and caring young people that they have become. That will always be the most important aim of Bootham’s Quaker education.” For a printable version of A level results for 2017 please click here For a printable version of GCSE results for 2017 please click here View the Destinations of College Two Leavers 2017 here
News and stories

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...

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Sports News

International selection for two Bootham students. Congratulations to Angus McMillan (College 2) who has been selected to represent England at the World Schools’ Cross Country championships in Paris and also to Toby Price (College 2) who has been selected...

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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...

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