Studying in York

Bootham School is situated in the beautiful and historic city of York. Rich in ancient history; renowned for its exquisite architecture; a national and regional centre for
artistic and intellectual life: York is a flourishing city.

It benefits from excellent rail links (being less than two hours from the heart of London by direct train, for example) as well as from its easy proximity to stunning national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty. It is ideally positioned in the heart of the country with direct rail links of around two hours from London, Edinburgh, Manchester. Manchester, Newcastle and Leeds/Bradford airports are within easy reach and the ports of Hull and Newcastle are both within a two-hour drive.

Founded by the Romans, the capital of the kingdoms of Northumbria and Jorvik, a flourishing industrial centre for the wool trade in the Middle Ages, a railway hub for Victorian England, home of world famous Rowntree’s and Terry’s chocolates, York in the twenty first century is home to two thriving universities and leading service industries.

It has also been a centre of religious life. It is the northern ecclesiastic province of the Church of England, and Quakers have played a central role in the life of the city for centuries.

Regular lively arts, seasonal and academic festivals enliven the city; there’s always something going on!

For a glimpse of what this wonderful city has to offer, watch this short film commissioned by Make It York for the York Culture Awards:

News and stories

The Openshaw Bursary – Wisps of the World

Old Scholar Maddie Pope left College II last year and spent her gap year in South America. She applied for and received the Openshaw Bursary from school which she used to volunteer in Costa Rica. Read all about all her adventures and charity work throughout the year,...

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Celebration was in the Air!

Students at Bootham School were celebrating improved GCSE results today, with grades up from last year on all usual measures.Over 50% of passes earned a grade 9-7 (the equivalent of the old A*/A grades), with over half of Biology, English Literature,...

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