Every girl who comes to Badminton is invited to become a member of the Old Badmintonian Association (OBA) when she leaves the School. Old Badmintonians are a powerful and impressive group.
Mary Fedden OBE
Mary Fedden OBE studied at the Slade School of Art. She was a still-life painter whose work built on the influence of the St Ives School and of Braque and Matisse. She also taught at the Royal College of Art (where she was the first female tutor) and the Yehudi Menuhin School. The School is lucky enough to have a small collection of her work, which is displayed in Northcote House.
HRH Princess Haya of Jordan
HRH Princess Haya of Jordan read PPE at Oxford. She is an equestrian who competes for Jordan in international show-jumping competitions. Much of her time is spent in charitable work.
Phyllida Law OBE studied at the Bristol Old Vic and is a film and television actress and author. Her credits include Much Ado About Nothing, Emma and Nanny McPhee.
Charlotte Leslie MP read Classics at Oxford. She worked as a swimming coach and gym instructor, in broadcasting, and as a part-time tutor and school governor before joining the Policy Exchange think tank. In 2010, she was elected as the Member of Parliament for Bristol North West.
Dame Iris Murdoch
Dame Iris Murdoch was a novelist and philosopher. She read Classics at Oxford and then worked for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration during World War Two. She went on to study philosophy at Cambridge before becoming a Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. Her philosophical writings include The Sovereignty of Good (1970). Her novels include A Severed Head (1961), The Black Prince (1973) and the Booker-Prize winning The Sea, the Sea (1978). Badminton has an annual Creative Writing Award, established in her honour.
Indira Ghandi (nee Nehru)
Indira Nehru (later Indira Gandhi) read History at Oxford and went on to become a central figure of the Indian National Congress. In 1966, she became the first and to date only female Prime Minister of India.
Rosamund Pike read English at Oxford and then continued her career as a stage and film actress. Her stage credits include Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke and Gaslight. Film credits include Die Another Day, Pride & Prejudice and Gone Girl, for which she was BAFTA-nominated in 2015.
Old Badmintonians keep in touch with us and with each other via our social networking site Badminton Community Network https://community.badmintonschool.co.uk/homepage, where you can set up your own profile and find out what others are doing. The site also allows you to share stories, memories and photos, network with others in similar careers and keep an eye on reunion events and other school happenings. Each member has her own email box which can be forwarded to your chosen email address.
You can also follow us on our Friends and Alumnae of Badminton School – Facebook page and on The Old Badmintonian Association group on Linked In (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8137307/).
We love to see Old Badmintonians back at the School, and the girls are always keen to hear about your time at Badminton and learn what you’re doing now. You are very welcome to come back for Open Days and music concerts, and if you’d like to come and talk at one of our careers fairs, that would be enormously welcome. We also organise reunions at the School or in London.
In order to stay in touch we need you to register your details on the Badminton Community Network. This will ensure that you receive all alumnae communication and newsletters. Your details may already be on the system so please check and make any amendments or corrections. If you have any questions please do email our External Relations Officer Natasha Bishop (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call Natasha on 0117 9898 472 to ask any questions that you might have.