Courses of Study
Our aim is to provide challenging, rewarding and useful courses which will prepare our pupils for A and AS-levels and Higher Education, as well as the demands of the working world in the twenty-first century.
Our underlying principle is that a Bootham pupil at the age of sixteen should be confidently literate and numerate, should have a knowledge of the principles of scientific and humanitarian studies and of at least one modern foreign language, and should be aware of his or her skills in the creative disciplines.
The Bootham Curriculum goes significantly further than the requirements for each National Curriculum group:
Lower Schoolroom (Year 7)
All students take English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, History, Classics (becoming Latin in Year 8), French, Religious Education, Music, Design and Technology, Information Technology (including 3–D in Photoshop), Physical Education, Art, Drama, Health and the Environment and Thinking Skills.
Middle Schoolroom (Year 8)
All students take English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, History, Latin, French, Religious Education, Music, Design and Technology, Information Technology, Physical Education and Art. Thinking Skills is now embedded into the wider curriculum.
Upper Schoolroom (Year 9)
All students take English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, French, German or Spanish, Latin or Classics, Geography, History, Religious Education, Art, Music, Design and Technology, Careers and Physical Education. Information Technology is now integrated throughout the curriculum.
We feel that the Bootham Curriculum in Lower and Upper Senior (Years 10 and 11) will provide that broad programme of study which gives a pupil both understanding and flexibility of mind - qualities which will be in increasing demand in the years ahead and which provide the soundest basis for a full and stimulating education.
GCSE (Years 10 and 11)
Students starting in September each year can choose from a wide range of courses:
Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Classical Civilisation, Design and Technology, Drama and Theatre Studies, Economics, English Literature, French, General Studies, Geography, German, History, Maths/Further Maths, Music, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies (Philosophy of Religion and Ethics), Spanish, Sports and Physical Education.
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