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|Motto||Membra sumus corporis magni
(We are members of a greater body)
|Deputy Head||Suzanne Hall|
|Founder||Religious Society of Friends|
|DfE URN||121722 Tables|
|Former Pupils||Bootham 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.
Well known former pupils include the 19th-century parliamentary leader John Bright, mathematician Lewis Fry Richardson ("father of fractals"), historian A.J.P Taylor, the leading child psychiatrist Sir Michael Rutter, the Nobel peace prize winner of 1959 Philip John Noel-Baker, Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood and Chief Executive of Marks & Spencer Stuart Rose.
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- FE Pollard Bootham School 1823–1923 (JM Dent and Sons, 1926)
- SK Brown Bootham School York 1823–1973 (author, 1973)