Bootham School

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Bootham School
Bootham School Logo.png
Motto Membra sumus corporis magni
(We are members of a great body)
Established 1823
Type Independent school
Religion Quaker
Headmaster Jonathan Taylor
Deputy Head Suzanne Hall
Founder Religious Society of Friends
Location Bootham
North Yorkshire
YO30 7BU
DfE URN 121722 Tables
Students circa 510
Gender Coeducational
Ages 3–18
Houses Firbank
Publication Bootham Magazine
Boarding Houses Rowntree
Former Pupils Bootham Old Scholars Association
Bootham School, Bootham, York. The main building was originally built in 1804 for Sir Richard Vanden Bempde Johnstone

Bootham School is an independent Quaker boarding school in the city of York in North Yorkshire, England. It 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 great body", quoting Seneca the Younger (Epistle 95, 52). Well known former pupils include the 19th-century parliamentary leader John Bright, mathematician Lewis Fry Richardson ("father of fractals"), historian A.J.P Taylor, Sir Michael Rutter, the leading child psychiatrist, the Nobel peace prize winner of 1959 Philip John Noel-Baker, Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood and Stuart Rose, Chief Executive of Marks & Spencer.


Bootham was ranked at 43rd in the 2011 Independent Schools A-Levels League Tables.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Top 100 Independent Schools at A-level" at

Further reading[edit]

  • 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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Coordinates: 53°57′53″N 1°05′13″W / 53.96472°N 1.08694°W / 53.96472; -1.08694