Our Teaching

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.

We pursue an unashamedly academic programme of study which nonetheless prizes the performing and creative arts, for example, equally with the more supposedly ‘traditional’ subjects.

Students study a broad programme in Schoolrooms (Years 7-9), and then choose ten GCSE subjects in Seniors (Years 10-11) at present, although this can be tailored for those who need it to be, such as boarders getting to grips with the English Language.

The core curriculum at College level (years 12-13) is three A Levels, an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or Bootham Research Project (BRP) and fifty hours of service. It is also possible to take a fourth A Level, as well as various short ‘challenge courses’ which include subjects as diverse as First Aid, Cookery, Programming and Art History.

 

Subjects

Our aim is to provide challenging, rewarding and useful courses to prepare students for A levels and Higher Education, as well as the demands of the working world in the twenty-first century.

The Bootham Curriculum goes significantly further than the requirements for each National Curriculum group.

Lower Schoolroom (Year 7)

All students take English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, History, Classics (becoming Latin in Year 8), Religious Education, Music, Design and Technology, Information Technology (including 3–D in Photoshop), Physical Education, Art, Drama, Health and the Environment and Thinking Skills. Students study French, German and Spanish for the first half of the year, after which they continue with two languages in Middle and Upper Schoolrooms.

Middle Schoolroom (Year 8)

All students take English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, History, Latin, French, Religious Education, Music, Design and Technology, Information Technology, Physical Education, Drama and Art.

Upper Schoolroom (Year 9)

All students take English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, French, German or Spanish, Latin or Classics, Geography, History, Religious Education, Art, Drama, Music, Design and Technology, Careers and Physical Education.

GCSE (Years 10 and 11)

The Bootham Curriculum in Lower and Upper Senior (Years 10 and 11) provides a broad programme of study which gives students understanding and flexibility of mind. These qualities provide a sound basis for a full and stimulating education.

College

Despite the fact that we are only mildly selective by ability, the school contains many very able students. Results bear comparison with any school.

In 2019, 64% of A Level grades were at A*-B. More tellingly, 82% of those applying to university gained a place at one of their two chosen universities, 90% of those at their first choice course. These included a wide range of courses and venues including Cambridge, LSE, Central St Martin’s, Imperial,Durham, Bath, Royal Vet College, Bristol, Warwick, Queen’s Belfast, Leeds College of Art, Royal Academy of Music, UCL, Nottingham, Newcastle,Manchester and Hong Kong.

At GCSE, students secured 46% A*-A.

Retention into College is strong and a good number of students join the school at that stage, meaning that College year groups are often bigger than they were the previous year.

Students starting in September each year can choose from a wide range of courses:

Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Classical Civilisation, Design and Technology, Drama and Theatre Studies, Economics, English Literature, French, General Studies, Geography, German, History, Maths/Further Maths, Music, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Religious Studies (Philosophy of Religion and Ethics), Spanish, Sports and Physical Education.

Headmaster Chris Jeffery said “We are very proud to celebrate the hard work and success of our students at the culmination of their school careers, and to see so many of them meet or surpass their apparent potential. We wholeheartedly congratulate the many whose excellent results tend to get highlighted on days like today, but take as much pleasure and pride in the achievements of all students, especially those who have overcome real challenges and difficulties to get the grades that they needed to kick start their futures. Raw statistics tell very little of the story for so many students on results day.”

News and stories

Sport News & Results

Sport News & Results

Basketball The U14 team matched the U16 team's success this week in winning the York and District basketball final against All Saints. The team lost to the same team last year, but have worked hard all year to develop and progress and deservedly won the close game....

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ICE Workshops

ICE Workshops

Another amazing ICE workshop for children from across York, in Reception to Year 2, this week at the Junior School.   There were lots of different Workshops to inspire and challenge the children.  They could create their own games in computing, be a Mini Masterchef,...

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This week at the Junior School

This week at the Junior School

Through the Ages... Year 2 did a fabulous job of building their own walls from wattle and daub in their Outdoor Education session, as part of their Houses and Homes Through the Ages topic!     Snappy Work! Year 2 also really enjoyed their drama workshop at...

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