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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|
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's motto Membra Sumus Corporis Magni means "We are members of a greater 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.
- 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)