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 College (Years 12-13) programme permits those students who can cope with it to pursue 4 A levels (at least to start with) but expects all to take three and add a fourth choice from a suite of options, including the EPQ, AS Politics and Languages for Business.

 

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 2017, 44% of A Level grades were at A*-A and 73% at A*-B. More tellingly,70% of those applying to university gained a place on their first choice course, with a further 13% securing their insurance offer. 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 54% A*-A and 80% A*-B grades.
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, Psychology, Religious Studies (Philosophy of Religion and Ethics), Spanish, Sports and Physical Education.

News and stories

Eco-Bricks Update

Would you like to get involved in our Eco Bricks Campaign? We'd love as many bottles as possible to be made over the festive period so we can recycle our waste and build something amazing, like a sofa... Watch our video to explain exactly what bottles you...

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Last week at the Junior School

Big Wide World Club Last week the children 'visited' Japan and tried slurping ramen noodles with chopsticks - a lot of skill and some wonderful slurping noises!  They then learnt ‘rock, paper, scissors’ in Japanese before singing karaoke together. Lots of...

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Leave Weekends

For the first time in recent years boarders were able to stay in school over the leave weekend.  A mixture of our boarding community from the youngest to the oldest were able to rest in their own beds, make the most of facilities including the sports hall,...

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