The Leisure Activity Programme takes place Monday to Friday between 4:30 and 5:30pm. Most activities are supervised by an adult (usually a member of the teaching staff) though some may be run by senior students or external expertise. Typical selections of the activities offered are listed below. The activities, which number over 100 per week, vary from term to term. If there is sufficient pupil interest but insufficient staff expertise, outsiders are brought in to take the activity. We have recently launched "The Bootham Challenge". Basic information is available here and further details will be on this page shortly.
Extra Curricular Activities at Bootham
Ceramics & Pottery#
# A charge is made for these activities
Pupils are required to take a certain number of activities per week according to which year group they are in. Information on the range of activities on offer for Spring 2017 is available below:
A series of lectures and workshops, which are of general or careers interest, are held weekly for College students to attend. They are referred to as ‘College Specials’ and College One and College Two attend them on alternate weeks.
Comments below are from the Independent Schools Inspectorate report on Bootham School, January 2014
Throughout the school there is an extensive range of extra-curricular activities that successfully promote pupils’ intellectual, aesthetic and physical development. In the senior school, these range from GCSE astronomy, to judo, to games of strategy, and in the junior school from Mandarin to photography to “dance yourselves dizzy”. A well-developed programme of visits to places of educational and cultural interest, including for children in the EYFS, greatly enhances pupils’ all-round learning and development.
Volunteering is an integral part of the activities programme. Details of recent projects are given below and further information is available here.
Students from Upper Schoolroom to College Two worked at the Fulford Community Orchard carrying out a variety of tasks, ranging from building birdboxes and painting fences, to bagging up compost and coppicing trees.
Activities day for Bootham Junior students run by College One students. Sessions included drama, art, street dance, tennis and athletics.
All students from Lower and Middle Schoolroom spent half a day taking part in a range of projects throughout the local community. Projects included path laying and raised bed making at Sleeper Path in New Earswick, site maintenance at St Nicholas Fields Nature Reserve, cooking for the Arc Light homeless shelter and providing in-class support at the Junior School.
Bootham students received the Lord Mayor of York Young Volunteers Award in recognition of the voluntary work that they have carried out over the past year. This award celebrates the contributions that students have made to their community, and looks to inspire others to follow their lead.
Paired Reading continues to be extremely popular amongst our College students. We have had over 50 students going into local primary schools to listen to children read.