Bootham offers Full and Weekly Boarding and Day Education to boys and girls from 11–18, together with day education from the age of 3 at Bootham Junior School. There are now over 470 pupils in the Senior School and 130 day pupils in the Junior School.
The School was founded in 1823 by Quakers, but pupils of all denominations or none are welcomed. All pupils attend Meetings for Worship and arrangements are made for pupils to be prepared for confirmation or membership of their own churches.
Site and Buildings. The School is situated in the historic centre of York, close to York Minster. From the road it appears as an impressive line of Georgian houses but behind this is the spacious main school campus. There is a steady programme of development, and the buildings now include 8 well-equipped Laboratories, an impressive Arts Centre (open 2014) with Auditorium and Darkroom (photography), 2 ICT Suites, 2 DT workshops, an Astronomical Observatory, an up-to-date Physical Education Department with Sports Hall, Indoor Swimming Pool, Fitness Suite and Squash Courts, and a modern Assembly Hall, which received a national RIBA award. Another large Playing Field is situated nearby, in Clifton, which also houses Bootham Junior School in a new purpose-built complex.
Pastoral Care. As a Quaker School, Bootham places great emphasis on caring relationships within a friendly community. There are three boarding houses, under the special care of House staff. Each House has its own recreational facilities. Throughout the School, both boarding and day pupils are supervised and guided by form tutors. In College, pupils have Personal Tutors who are responsible for both academic and pastoral matters, and guidance towards Higher Education.
Admission. Pupils usually enter Bootham at the age of 11. Entry is also usually possible at 12, 13 and 14. The main entrance assessment is held annually in January and this forms the basis of Scholarship and Bursary selection. Sixth form entry is welcomed and selection is on the bases of school report and GCSE performance. In special circumstances late entrants can be considered.
Leisure Time Activities. The School has long been recognised as a pioneer in the right use of leisure. The Natural History Society, founded in 1832, claims to be the oldest society of its kind with an unbroken history in this country. Other clubs and societies include Debates, Drama, Bridge, Chess, Cookery and Jazz. There are around 100 activities offered each week. Pupils follow the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme and are involved in Community Services.
Music. The Director of Music and his assistant are supported by 25 visiting teachers. Tuition is arranged in a wide variety of instruments and a strong tradition of music in the School is maintained. A recent leaver was named ‘Young Composer of the Year’ and there is a strong record of success in gaining Music College and University scholarships.
Games. Association Football, Hockey, Tennis, Fencing, Cricket, Swimming, Athletics, Netball, Basketball, Badminton, Squash, Rounders. There is no cadet force.
Fees per term (2016-2017). Boarding: £5,990–£10,170. Day: £5,295–£5,840.
Fees for instrumental music lessons are extra. Enquiries for up-to-date information are welcome.
Scholarships and Bursaries. Academic Scholarships (honorary and without fee reduction) are awarded on an annual basis at the end of each academic year and are based on performance throughout the year. Academic Scholarships are subject to annual reviews.
Sixth Form: We offer a means-tested scholarship/bursary to candidates from state-maintained schools who gain a minimum of 8 A/A* grades at GCSE.
Music Scholarships of up to 50% fee remission are available for candidates of good all-round musical and academic ability or potential. These are available for entry at 11+ and 13+ (Years 7 and 9) and are awarded on the basis of performance in the entrance assessment, and in tests and an audition with the Director of Music.
Means-tested Bursaries (supported by the Bootham Trust) are available:
•to assist Friend (Quaker) children, or the children of Friend (Quaker) parents, to attend the School;
•to assist children, whose families would not be able to afford an independent school education, to attend the School.
Further information including details about Open Days can be found on the website, and the Admissions Office can be contacted on +44 (0)1904 623261