Bristol has its share of very good schools, and we know that choosing somewhere for your daughter isn’t easy. So what’s different about Badminton?
Our history, our unusual ethos of teaching and learning and our careful balance of intellectual firepower with courtesy and support all set us apart. There is an important place in the world for strong female communities, and Badminton is one of these. We have excellent facilities and some of the best boarding and pastoral care provision of any school. Girls at Badminton come from all over the globe and know that they can try anything, study anything, do anything, and they do. No one here is judged on superficialities, and Badminton girls rightly learn that their future can be anything they want it to be.
My daughter made me choose Badminton! She came home buzzing from her taster day and said that she really, really wanted to go. We were attracted by the small class sizes, a welcoming Headmistress and the way our daughter was treated as an individual.
Mrs Gardhouse, Parent
Our academic results are superb. 70% of A Levels received in 2016 got A* or A grades in 2016 giving us a ranking of 31st in the UK in the Telegraph’s league tables for independent school A Level performance (the highest position of any independent school in Bristol, and higher than Oxford High School). Girls at Badminton are as are interested in learning as they are in creative arts, sport and friendships. Our culture of highly interactive teaching means we can attract subject specialists who are excited to be here. We are a relatively small school, with 450 girls from our Little Acorns Nursery to our Sixth Form. A small school means the benefit of small class sizes, with a maximum of 18 until the Sixth Form, at which point classes effectively become university-style tutorials. Everyone feels confident to take part, and the emphasis is on learning how to think for yourself rather than simply absorbing facts. All girls have strengths, of course, but we also make sure that they also feel confident building their skills in areas where they may not be so naturally talented. Learning here is hands-on and holistic, whether it’s building a glider, writing a poem or being outside in Forest School. Excellent examination and league table results are a happy consequence of the way that we teach and learn at Badminton.
What I love most about being at Badminton is that we have such a rich global community with girls from all over the world.
Flora, Year 7
At Badminton we believe that the best way to take your place in the world is to get to know the world as early as possible. We have a long history as a School with a strong European and international outlook, and Badminton girls from all places become part of each other’s lives while experiencing the very best of an English school education. Some international schools can find it hard to make sure that everyone mixes, but one of the many strengths of the small scale here at Badminton is that the girls really do know each other well. Our small community is a powerful one, where every girl develops the confidence to understand herself and the challenges she will face in a global society. Alongside this are the finishing touches that make life for our girls even better: learning Mandarin while still in the Junior School, or attending lectures at Bristol University in the Sixth Form. Put all of it together, and you have a recipe for girls who understand that hard work, friendship, freedom and responsibility all contribute to success and happiness.
It sounds a bit cheesy, but I feel like if I hadn’t come to Badminton, I would be a completely different person.
Ayaka, Year 9