Providing the best possible atmosphere for learning and growing isn’t just about academic courses. Our senior pupils want a variety of stimulating and engaging activities inside or outside the classroom – and we are committed to meeting their needs.
Week Days at Bootham
Each day has a structure which mixes classroom study with breaks and leisure activities and begins with registration. And of course the school comes together for our traditional Morning Meeting before lessons begin. This is Bootham’s name for morning assembly. The term “Meeting” is a Quaker term used for a silent meeting for worship. The whole school meets together four times a week and there is an additional weekly meeting for College at the local Friargate Meeting House. There is also a boarders’ meeting on a Sunday and parents are welcome to join us for this event.
Breakfast for boarders is between 7.30 and 8.15, with day students arriving between 8.15 and 8.30.
Breaks at Bootham are often referred to as Bars. This originates from when “bars” of Rowntree’s chocolate were given to all the students as a snack at morning break.
Lessons finish at 16.00 but the school day continues. After a break of half an hour, there is the formal Activities hour up to 17.30 then day students may go home. Activities are organised throughout the week.
Activities continue after 17.30 and the degree to which your child will be involved is determined by whether they are Boarders or Day students.
Supper for boarders is taken together at 18.00, followed by prep, which is held between 18.45 and 20.00.
Optional activities are arranged for boarders between 20.00 and 21.00, with the youngest going to bed at 21.00 and the oldest at 22:30.
At weekends the pattern of lessons and activities continues. Saturdays include a number of lessons before lunch (a popular occasion which parents may attend if they wish), games and free time, and an evening supper followed by more optional activities.
On Sundays more emphasis is placed on leisure activities. York is the ideal base for boarders and day pupils; all enjoy the chance to be part of this beautiful and historic city.
Plenty to do and plenty to think about; that’s a typical week at Bootham.