|Motto||Membra sumus corporis magni |
(We are members of a greater body)
|Established||6 January 1823|
|Founder||Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)|
|Department for Education URN||121722 Tables|
|Deputy Head||Martyn Beer|
|Age||3 to 19|
|Enrolment||605 as of January 2016[update]|
|Boarding Houses||Rowntree |
|Former Pupils||Bootham Old Scholars Association|
Bootham School is an independent Quaker boarding school, on Bootham in the city of York in England. It accepts boys and girls ages 3–19, and had an enrolment of 605 pupils in 2016. It is one of seven Quaker schools in England.
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.
Notable former pupils include the 19th-century parliamentary leader John Bright, mathematician Lewis Fry Richardson ("father of fractals"), physicist and electrical engineer Silvanus P. Thompson, 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.