In recent years the School has produced an international fencer, an Olympic swimmer and cyclist, as well as district and county netball, hockey, cricket and football players and academy footballers.
Providing a varied choice of sporting activities can have enormous dividends for those with the required aptitude and dedication to improving their athletic performance.
Competitive sport is a key part of the PE programme, with a full fixture list of matches against neighbouring schools and those further afield.
Now the next generation of stars who began their sporting lives at Bootham could be just around the corner.
Committed to a healthy lifestyle
Of course all Bootham pupils are encouraged to take up sporting activities as part of our commitment to a healthy lifestyle. That everyone should at least try to develop an interest in one or more activities is a principle we are keen to maintain.
This means they can take part in traditional team games such as football, netball, hockey, basketball and cricket, or individual sports such as judo, fencing, riding, yoga, climbing – the list just goes on!
You only have to watch them to realise the pleasure our pupils derive from having a healthy lifestyle. It is exactly this keen attitude and willingness to get involved which we strive to foster.
Having both a sports hall and a swimming pool as well as hard courts and playing fields on the main school and junior school site, gives plenty of areas for students to have fun as well as to develop their skills and improve their fitness.
Every year group has PE lessons on their timetable – they are compulsory for all. The programme taught is very varied so that students are able to experience as wide a range of sporting activities as possible.
The PE department organise outdoor activity trips for each of the first three year groups. Students can become part of Bootham Adventure Club by joining in canoeing and climbing activities as well as some weekend trips. There are visits to sporting events, eg Wimbledon and sports tours are run for specific groups to places like California for football and Europe for netball. Tours and trips are publicised on notice boards and announced in meetings.
Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
Students can participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. The award is on offer at Bronze, Silver and Gold level. There are 4 sections to the award (5 at Gold) – Volunteering, Skill, Physical Recreation and Expeditions. The award requires commitment from the students to see through what they start, and is an excellent opportunity to learn new skills or to develop interests that they already have. Giving service to the community and developing lasting friendships are also a key feature of the award.
The Bronze award is offered to Lower Senior students during the Autumn Term. Bronze expeditions must be completed by the end of Lower Senior. Silver is on offer to the Upper Seniors, but proactive students can start this in the latter stages of the Lower Senior year. Silver expeditions must be completed in the Upper Senior year. Gold is available to College One and College Two students, regardless of whether or not they have been involved in the award before. Anyone interested should look out for notices which will appear at the start of each year.