We have a dedicated department for those with Special Educational Needs and we offer flexible support so that every girl at Badminton benefits from a bespoke education. For those who come to us with English as their second language, we offer additional support in English language teaching so that girls can integrate quickly and make the most of all the opportunities here.
Alongside all of this, the size and supportive atmosphere at Badminton mean that issues are likely to be picked up and can be dealt with sensitively before problems develop. Girls are also happy to talk to one another, both in their own Year Group and outside it. Our vertical House system, where Houses include girls from across different Year Groups, mean that girls know each other well enough so that a Year 9 girls feels confident asking girls in Years 10 and 11 for advice about GCSE choices.
Scholarships and Exhibitions which carry remission on fees are available and awarded to girls with particular talents entering Junior School in Years 5 or 6, or the Senior School in Years 7, 9 and Lower Sixth and are taken at the same time as the entrance exams.
Badminton also offers means tested bursaries for external candidates. These can be applied for on top of a scholarship or separately.
If I could give only one example of what makes Badminton special, I would choose ‘Pump Handles’. It’s an odd name for a tradition that happens at the end of every term here, when every girl shakes the hand of every teacher. Looking each other in the eye and parting for the holidays in such a positive way shows our values of respect and support for one another, and is one of the many, many reasons I feel privileged to be here. Badminton is a daily reminder that a good school can embed the attitudes and attributes for a fulfilling future.
As I walk around, I take pleasure in seeing the strength and warmth of our interactions here. Everyone knows each other, but the small size of Badminton also comes with the freedom and space to explore new ideas and interests. Our history is one of innovation, and that still shows today. I am so impressed by the achievements of our girls, by their individuality, and by the spirit of generosity and excitement that accompanies them. Whether I’m answering an email from an Old Badmintonian who has just been awarded a scholarship by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, or talking to a Sixth Former who’s just made her first successful roast supper as part of the Leiths Certificate in Food and Wine, every day brings proof that a Badminton education is transformative.
We can only show a small part of life at Badminton here, but I hope it is enough to tempt you to find out more. Whether you’re looking for the right school for your daughter or whether you live in Bristol and would like to know about what we do, please do read what others have to say about us. I very much look forward to meeting you.
BSc MA PGCE