The Aims of a Bootham Education

In pursuing our vision and in seeking to promote the purpose of a Bootham Education we set ourselves the following aims:

  • We aim to continue to grow and further develop a thriving community that reflects Quaker principles and practices, helping each individual to grow to recognise and develop ‘that of God’ in themselves and in other people
  • We aim to help all students to become the best person that each can be and to achieve the best of which each is capable
  • We aim to promote aspiration; the habits of hard work and self-regulation; and the meeting of high standards of personal conduct in all aspects of work and relationships
  • We aim to develop our students into genuinely good people who are reflective, who seek truth and light, and whose lives speak with integrity of positive, pro-social values
  • We aim to promote kindness, a questioning spirit, humility, and a deep sense of social responsibility, as well as both the courage and confidence to speak up, and to work to build a better world
  • We aim, as staff, to model to our young people the qualities and values that we aspire for them to hold, and to do so with patience but in the expectation of high standards, seeking for -and helping them to seek for- ‘that of God’ within them
  • We aim, as an employer, to provide a stimulating, fair and supportive working environment in which all employees understand the role they play in building a better world and know that they are valued for playing it

Bootham School Values

At Bootham School we value an approach to our community which:

  • looks for, responds to and works hard to draw out ‘that of God’ in others and in themselves
  • seeks to make a positive contribution to the our community and shows respect for its Quaker values, practices and heritage
  • speaks with integrity of a straightforward, kind, caring and unquestioningly respectful approach to others
  • is wholehearted, demonstrating commitment both to being the best that they can be and to the hard work needed in rising to the challenge of high standards and high expectations
  • speaks truth, placing honesty in all things as a priority and is able to resolve conflict peacefully
  • is ambitious to improve the world for others -near and far- in whatever ways they can

News and stories

Pi Day

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. It has been...

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Sports News

International selection for two Bootham students. Congratulations to Angus McMillan (College 2) who has been selected to represent England at the World Schools’ Cross Country championships in Paris and also to Toby Price (College 2) who has been selected...

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Congratulations, Charlotte!

Charlotte Ellery, former Bootham student who left College 2 in 2016 and is now studying Classics at King's College London, has just won first prize in a prestigious competition open to students and staff at King's College and The Courtauld Institute of...

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