Badminton School is an independent day and boarding school for girls aged 3 – 18 years. It’s location in Westbury-on-Trym on the leafy outskirts of the University City of Bristol provides all the amenities and opportunities of a diverse city, mixed with the green open space of the surrounding areas. The School itself has an enviable sense of community, which is felt the moment you step through the gates to the private campus of beautiful buildings and pleasant gardens.
The School consistently achieves impressive academic results which enables the girls to access a wealth of world class universities, Music Conservatoires and Art Colleges. Badminton has a holistic approach to learning and girls are encouraged to develop as individuals, to pursue their own interests and expand and explore their ambitions, both in their academic work and co-curricular activities. The aim at Badminton is to encourage the girls to become curious, confident and enthusiastic learners within a community that is supportive, friendly and fun!
The happiness and welfare of the girls is paramount to everyone at Badminton. There are around 450 pupils and the small community and small class sizes mean that there is a focus on the girls as individuals, leaving no opportunity for anyone to be anonymous. Awareness of responsibility is cultivated and the community code of conduct makes girls aware that other people matter. The girls’ mutual respect and support for not only their peers, but the whole School community, goes right to the heart of the School’s ethos. Badminton enables girls to become increasingly independent in a supported environment and gives them scope to explore ideas and activities. Girls therefore develop the confidence to take reasonable academic risks when faced with a challenge, to transfer skills and to problem solve. Ultimately, this gives Badminton girls the opportunity to become their best self, whatever that self may be.
In 2008 Badminton celebrated the 150th anniversary of its foundation in 1858. The School was started by Mrs Miriam Badock to educate girls, many of whose parents lived abroad, and to offer girls the same educational opportunities as their brothers. Even in its early days, the curriculum at Badminton was broad and extra-curricular activities, including sport, were encouraged, very unusually for girls in the mid 19th century.
The School grew steadily in size and in 1924 moved from Badminton House in Clifton to its present site, under the Headship of Miss Beatrice May Baker. Miss Baker was fundamental in shaping Badminton’s ethos. She encouraged the girls to be aware of world affairs and internationalism. She was a pioneer in many educational fields, insisting on the rights of young people to freedom of expression and encouraging a questioning approach to learning. The international outlook she pioneered continues to this day.
Badminton girls still take part in Model United Nations and Politics Conferences, just as their predecessors took part in the Peace Conferences and League of Nations student meetings of the 1930s.
In 1958, the school celebrated its centenary with the opening of the new Science Centre by Countess Mountbatten of Burma. Dame Sybil Thorndike was President of the School at that time and a new cantata called “The Crown of the Year” by Michael Tippett was specially commissioned to mark the event.
In the last 50 years, Badminton’s successive Head Teachers and Governors have all continued to stay true to the original educational ideals and principles of its founders. Regular reviews of the curriculum are undertaken to maintain the provision of a broad education based on intellectual challenge and plenty of scope for individual growth. Extra-curricular activities are encouraged and pupils and staff are busy people.
At Badminton, our Mission Statement is broken down into our Visions, Values and Aims;
Badminton provides the best preparation for girls living and working in a global society.
We pride ourselves on a culture of mutual respect and tolerance, underpinned by a strong sense of integrity. We challenge our pupils to be the best they can and to be intellectually curious. We encourage contribution from pupils to every aspect of the School. We value integration highly and ensure this is set in a context of responsibility and mutual support. Above all we ensure the community has a good sense of fun!
To provide an education which nurtures intellectual curiosity and which is challenging and fun, balancing academic excellence with fulfilment of individual potential in the arts, sport and extra-curricular activities.
Badminton offers a holistic educational experience - academic excellence is achieved through teaching and learning in ways that are challenging and fun. Beyond the great resources, the passion of the staff, coupled with their knowledge of each individual, allow girls to thrive academically and socially. The emphasis is on development of skills to support independent learning and encouragement to follow a personalised programme. Sports and creative skills are integral to the curriculum, giving girls a broad outlook and skill set.
To provide pastoral care which teaches respect and tolerance for the whole community and requires each girl to take responsibility for herself and others. To create opportunities for every girl to make a contribution to the well-being of the school and engage in genuine mutual support.
Badminton has a strong community – the size of the School coupled with emphasis on excellent pastoral care creates a supportive environment where each girl has the confidence to develop into the person that she wants to be. There is no scope for anonymity and the respectful relationships ensure not only that the girls are mutually supportive, but also that staff and girls work collaboratively to tackle issues. The combination of small form groups and boarding in a progression of age group areas coupled with the mixed age competitive Houses allows strong friendship within and across year groups.
The international mindset of the school aims to create an awareness of the needs and concerns of society at local, national and global levels.
Badminton looks outwards – community service, educational outreach and charitable work, for charities in this country and abroad, have always been a commitment and ensure that Badminton plays a role in its local community. Opportunities to contribute give the girls a sense of responsibility and awareness of others. There has also always been an international outlook, with a long history of exchanges with schools in other countries, as well as boarders from around the world. This gives an appreciation of diversity and starts to develop a global awareness.
Badmintonians leave the school as curious, confident and courteous individuals who will thrive in a competitive, global society.
Badminton creates Badmintonians – who are curious, confident and courteous, but are otherwise all distinctively individual. They are well equipped to face a competitive and rapidly changing world, to thrive in a global society and to make a difference in their chosen field. They are also extremely proud of their School and their continuing role in its community.
Badminton respects the past and looks to the future, ensuring good stewardship of the Badminton name, the campus and the School’s world-class reputation.
Badminton respects the past and looks to the future – with a long history, Badminton is keen to remain a leading girls’ boarding school. By aiming to access the best academic opportunities, excellent pastoral support and up-to-date facilities, Badminton’s stewardship of its name and beautiful campus, with its historic buildings and green spaces, is ensured.
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