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Pupils love the learning here. ‘They even make the subjects fun. I go to lesson and think “bang on it’s maths”. I’m not even that good at maths.’ Each class is twinned with one in another country and the class teacher teaches the culture of different countries at the same time as the pupils learn its language. Pupils raved about the sports staff and some recent big improvements they have made. Parents feel that the school has something for everyone and that children can be individuals, ‘It’s ok to be quirky’

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What the school says...

On visiting Bootham Junior School you will be struck immediately by its family approach. One parent recently remarked that, there is a warm, friendly atmosphere from the head teacher down to the youngest pupils. This all provides an excellent environment for the vital early years of your childs education. Its warm, friendly atmosphere enables children to reach their full potential, a rigorous education produces outstanding achievement and its caring ethos provides a model for learning, good citizenship and self confidence. While founded on Quaker principles, the school embraces families from all faiths and backgrounds.
Its extensive facilities are enhanced by the link with Bootham Senior School, one of the leading secondary, independent schools in the country. A short 15 minute walk away, pupils can take advantage of its amenities including a fully equipped theatre, design and technology departments and an observatory.
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Since 2013, Helen Todd. Educated in Macclesfield followed by a degree in English and education from University of Warwick. After teaching English at Durston House she became head of English at Aysgarth School then deputy head at Edge Grove in Hertfordshire. Warm, approachable and very focused she brings a huge an amount of experience to the role. She has led the school through a period of significant change and development and is completely in tune with Bootham’s Quaker ethos.

She was keen to emphasise the school’s commitment to science and especially natural sciences (a Quaker theme), amply demonstrated by the live snake in a tank in reception and a desk drawer full of snake poo; we like her style. She says, ‘Leadership of the school is about a team, not...

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