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Lord Mayor and Sheriff to open new facilities at Bootham Junior School

28 January 2015

Photo:  3 pm, Friday, 30 January at Bootham Junior School, Rawcliffe Lane, Clifton

The Lord Major is to officially open Bootham Junior School’s new extension wing on Friday 30th January.  The new facilities include additional teaching rooms, music rooms and an extended IT suite.  Parents, friends and contractors will be joined by the Lord Mayor and Sheriff at a special ceremony hosted by the children and staff. 

Helen Todd, Head Teacher, said, “Bootham Junior School is receiving unprecedented levels of interest from families, both those already in York and others wishing to move here.  Although this is not simply down to the pressure on school places currently being experienced across the city, we are certainly noticing the effect that this is having.  For us, we find that parents are attracted by all the extra things we offer here like our Cultural Studies programme, our residential visits and our focus on skills for independent living and learning. 

“Of course, the whole atmosphere and ethos of a Quaker School is very special and families remark on the sense of peaceful purpose within the School.  We have recently redeveloped our curriculum to make sure it is adventurous, challenging and really excites the curiosity of young learners. 

“These new facilities will help us to deliver this curriculum and prepare children for their next steps.  We are incredibly pleased that the opening of these new facilities is just part of an ongoing programme of investment.  The next phase includes new facilities for indoor sport; for dance and drama and landscaping our outdoor area to provide more natural play space.”