It’s that time of year again when thoughts many schools open their doors to welcome prospective parents to have a look around. As with almost everything this year, the open days at schools in and around York will be a little different for the time being, with many open events being held online. Details of all the open events for state schools in York can be found here (primary schools) and here (secondary schools) – there are too many for us to list! Here are the all-important details for the independent schools around York, if you would like to see what they have to offer.
St Peter’s School, York
Find out how St Peter’s School, York, can help your 2 to 11-year-old to learn, grow and thrive by heading to their open day. St Peter’s School, York, is one of the best independent schools in the UK. Their inspirational teaching staff, outstanding facilities and extensive riverside campus at the heart of York combine to create an exceptional learning environment where children can fulfil their potential. They welcome applications from Nursery through to Sixth Form and their mission is to create amazing adults, who go on to lead happy, successful and fulfilled lives. If you would like to discover more about St Peter’s School, they would be delighted to welcome you to one of their forthcoming Open Events. Please register for their Open Events in advance, as pre-booking is required.
Date – 10th October 2020
Bootham is a Quaker School. Its purpose is to liberate its young people, equipping them to flourish as adults and to live adventurous lives that will serve to create a better world. Open Days are the perfect opportunity for you to visit the school and meet the staff, current students and parents of Bootham School, and view the excellent facilities. You can see what Bootham has to offer with their virtual Open Days on the dates below – just register your interest beforehand.
Junior School Open Days: External Tours are available on request, please email or fill out an enquiry form for more information.
Senior School Virtual Open Days: Saturday 3rd October 2020, Saturday 7th November 2020, Thursday 19th November 2020
Read School, Drax
Read School, Drax, is an independent day and boarding school for girls and boys aged 4-18, set in beautiful, rural North Yorkshire. Read’s mission is to create a welcoming, family-feel school for pupils of all abilities. Academically non-selective and socially inclusive, Read offers a vibrant and supportive community in which to learn and grow. A well-kept secret, this welcoming independent school achieves superb GCSE and A level results, has small class sizes in acres of grounds, and rolled out second-to-none, remote learning best practice in lockdown, which parents fed back they were delighted with.
Date – Saturday 3rd October 2020, 9.30am to 1pm
The Mount School, York
The Mount School York is an exceptional independent day and boarding school for girls aged 3 -18, based in the heart of York. They are leaders in educating girls and understanding their needs, inspiring and empowering confident young women, enabling them to believe nothing is beyond their reach. They are delighted to invite you to register for their upcoming in-person Open Events. These socially distanced visits give you the opportunity to meet the Principal and key members of staff, to hear from the girls themselves why The Mount is unique, and to enjoy a guided tour of the spacious grounds nestled in the heart of York.
You must register in advance to attend the events. Please register for the relevant event on the links below. Once you have registered your details, Nicola Craig the Admissions Manager will get in touch to confirm your appointment time and the arrangements for the event.
Whole school open day – Saturday 10 October 2020, by appointment; Junior School & Early Years Visits by appointment
Contact – To register your interest, please contact Nicola Craig and the Admissions Team, on (+44) 01904 23 23 23 or email
Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate
Queen Ethelburga’s has been awarded the highest grading of Excellent across all schools and areas by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), praising the pupils’ outstanding academic achievements and personal development. They have four individual schools, with their own heads and staff teams, that are small enough to maintain a family atmosphere. This allows staff to know their students thoroughly and successfully guide them through each stage of their formative years.
Due to the current restrictions brought about by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), they are currently unable to host in-person open days, but they do offer personal socially distanced guided tours to prospective parents (email or call 01423 33 33 33).
To register for the Whole School Open Morning on Saturday 10 October 2020, from 9.00am -12.00pm, please follow this link. Further information on the format of this event will be sent to you nearer the date, in line with UK Government guidelines.
Malton Montessori School
Malton Montessori School offers Montessori Nursery and more recently Primary Montessori education in the market town of Malton. Their children’s ages spanning from a few months to eleven years. During the summer, they relocated outside into some nearby meadows in an effort to evade the Coronavirus, a journey that for them had started before lock-down. They realised that to ensure the safety of their entire community they needed to move everyone outdoors, where any aerosolised virus is dispersed by air currents, and children benefit from the sun and vitamin D.
They were fortunate in so far as additional land was immediately offered by the town’s Fitzwilliam Estate (Malton). Whilst the pandemic has been negative in so many ways, it has offered up rare opportunities to immerse and discover nature, to be adventurous and experience all that community and the seasons have to offer. They set about creating a colourful tented village surrounded by garden allotments, care for the gardens, chickens and rabbits became our focus. Despite the underlying crisis, they gave children respite from lock-down and a summer to remember.
Now Autumn is upon us, there is change again, this time in readiness for the colder months. They use their school buildings as a base and refuge in the case of extreme weather conditions, whilst spending the best of each day outside, enjoying woodland school sessions, creating art and pottery, cooking outside, tending to the allotments and caring for their growing collection of animals, when it rains they dive into their meadow classrooms. These are fully ventilated bell tents equipped for their needs, where they read stories and learn skills that are useful outside. They are determined that COVID-19 will not leave its mark on their community, but out of adversity they will not only draw the strength to adapt but they will also show children that we should not be fearful of change, that it can be both rewarding and life changing.