Bootham School

Academic Families works with more than 450 schools throughout the UK, and we have become experts at matching children to the right boarding school for them in order to ensure each student thrives.


We're delighted to present one of our partner schools:
Bootham School in North Yorkshire, England.


About Bootham School

Mission statement

“To liberate and equip our young people to flourish as adults and live adventurous lives that will serve to create a better world.”


Bootham School prides itself on the mutually respectful learning relationship between its teachers and pupils. Class sizes are small, and students are encouraged to ask questions and share their own ideas. The school supports students to find their talents and reach their full potential. Bootham School also has a particularly strong Design and Technology department, offering the subject throughout Senior School.

Bootham School follows the GCSE and A Level curriculum, with consistently strong results. In 2021, 84.8% of GCSE results were A* - B and 83.8% of A Level results were A* - B. Some university destinations after attending Bootham School include Cambridge, Oxford, London School of Economics, Imperial and Durham.

Activities & sports

Although Bootham School is a highly academic school, sport, music, drama and volunteering are all integral aspects of life at Bootham. Within sport, the school offers a wide selection of winter team games (football, basketball, netball, hockey, swimming and cross country) and summer team games (cricket, rounders, tennis and athletics).

Music is also an important part of the Bootham community, with more than 350 music lessons and around 30 musical activities taking place every week. The drama department puts on regular productions and invites pupils of any age to take LAMDA lessons (the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art). There are more than 100 co-curricular activities available for pupils to participate in each week.

International student community

Bootham School welcomes students from around the world and currently has pupils from more than 20 different countries. For pupils who need additional assistance with their English language, Bootham offers one-to-one and small group English language lessons. Currently, approximately 80% of full-time boarders are international students from all over the world.

Boarding life

Around 20% of the Bootham community are boarders. Bootham School has three boarding houses which are located within beautiful Georgian townhouses in York. Bootham aims to provide a caring, family environment for all boarding students. Activities are organised in the evenings and at weekends such as sports, meals out in local restaurants, trips to the cinema and more.


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