Bootham School

Bootham School is an independent Quaker boarding school in the city of York in North Yorkshire, England. It accepts boys and girls ages 3–19, and had an enrolment of 605 pupils in 2016.[2] There is also Bootham Junior School down the road commonly known as BJS.

Bootham School

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TypeIndependent school
MottoMembra sumus corporis magni
(We are members of a greater body)
Religious affiliation(s)Quaker
Established6 January 1823 (1823-01-06)
FounderReligious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Department for Education URN121722 Tables
HeadmasterChris Jeffery[1]
Deputy HeadMartyn Beer
Age3 to 19
Enrolment605 as of January 2016
PublicationBootham Magazine
Boarding HousesRowntree
Former PupilsBootham Old Scholars Association

The school was founded by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and opened on 6 January 1823 in Lawrence Street, York. Its first headmaster was William Simpson (1823-1828). He was followed by John Ford (1828-c.1865). The school is now on Bootham, near York Minster, in a building originally built in 1804 for Sir Richard Vanden Bempde Johnstone.

The school's motto Membra Sumus Corporis Magni means "We are members of a greater body", quoting Seneca the Younger (Epistle 95, 52).


Bootham was ranked at 43rd in the 2011 Independent Schools A-Levels League Tables.[3]

Notable alumni

Well known former pupils include the 19th-century parliamentary leader John Bright, mathematician Lewis Fry Richardson ("father of fractals"), historian A. J. P. Taylor, actor-manager Brian Rix, applied linguist Stephen Pit Corder, the leading child psychiatrist Sir Michael Rutter, the famous social reformer Seebohm Rowntree, the Nobel peace prize winner of 1959 Philip John Noel-Baker, Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood, singer-songwriter Benjamin Francis Leftwich and Chief Executive of Marks & Spencer, Stuart Rose.

See also


  1. "Christopher Jeffrey named as new Bootham School headteacher". York Press. 1 April 2015. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  2. "Bootham School". EduBase. Department for Education. Archived from the original on 19 February 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  3. "The Top 100 Independent Schools at A-level" at

Further reading

  • Bootham School Register. Compiled under the direction of a committee of O.Y.S.A., 1914, with revised eds. 1935, 1971, 2010.
  • JS Rowntree, Friends' Boys' School, York a Sketch of its History 1829–1878 (1879)
  • FE Pollard Bootham School 1823–1923 (JM Dent and Sons, 1926)
  • SK Brown Bootham School York 1823–1973 (author, 1973)

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