School Type:
Badminton School, Westbury on Trym, Bristol BS9 3BA
0117 905 5271
450, Upper sixth 60
Σ2680−Σ5640 (Day), Σ6730−Σ10,690 (Boarding)
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Founded in 1858, agreeably sited on the outskirts of Bristol near the Downs and in spacious 15-acre grounds. Facilities are very good, including astroturf pitch, indoor swimming pool, new fitness suite and an eco-friendly boarding house. Staff-pupil relationships are mature and friendly, based on principles of courtesy and mutual respect. All pupils are encouraged to work hard and play hard; the all-rounder is encouraged and girls are encouraged to become thinking, caring and independent young women. There is an emphasis on opportunity for exceptional talent. The school has a reputation for good teaching and a distinguished academic record; examination results are excellent. There is a separate sixth form centre and sixth formers are treated as students. It is very good in the creative arts; art and music are particularly strong. There is a lot of emphasis on Europe and the wider world with participation for example, in the Model United Nations and European Youth Parliament. Full advantage is taken of the facilities of the city and Bristol University. There is a wide range of clubs and activities and it participates in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme; also a good range of sports and extra-curricular activities.

School Head:
Headmistress: Mrs Rebecca Tear, in post from 2012. Educated at Exeter University (chemistry) and Institute of Education London (PGCE). Previously Deputy Head at Wycombe Abbey and various posts at St George’s (Ascot). Teaching staff: 45 full time staff, 50 part time and peripatetic.
GCSE: 50 pupils in Year 11, all gaining at least grade C in 8+ subjects (including English, maths and science; most also take and pass a language and a humanity). A-levels: 60 in upper sixth, all passing in 3+ subjects with an average final point score of 466.
All sixth-form leavers go on to a degree course (20% after a gap year), 10% to Oxbridge. 10% take courses in medicine, dentistry and veterinary science, 25% in science and engineering, 45% in humanities and social sciences, 10% in art and design, music and drama.
Music: Over 80% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams can be taken. 30+ musical groups including orchestras, string groups, wind groups, 4 choirs, jazz groups, 15 small ensembles. Several pupils are members of the National Children’s Orchestra and Choir as well as the county orchestra. Music tours (eg France, Italy, Dublin, Hungary); performances in public venues in Bath, Bristol etc. Drama and dance: Drama and dance offered. A-level theatre studies, ESB, Poetry Society, LAMDA, RADA exams may be taken. 7 drama productions a year (from Shakespeare to contemporary comedy); some pupils take part in professional theatre and work experience. Many theatre trips. Art and design: On average, 90% take GCSE, 30% A-level. Fashion design, pottery and ceramics, textiles, photography, jewellery, screenprinting, wood/metal work, engraving etc also offered. Winners of art exhibition at Bristol Cathedral and photography exhibitions in South West.
Hockey, netball, swimming, athletics, tennis, rounders, gym and dance compulsory; additional options, football, fencing, squash, golf, judo, aerobics, badminton, riding, volleyball. BAGA, BHS, RLSS, RYA exams may be taken. National level swimmers, horse riders, fencers and judo medallist; county hockey, netball, badminton, squash and swimming reps. Also bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award; community service; European Youth Parliament; Model United Nations. Up to 100 clubs, eg Prince’s Trust, languages, public speaking, magazine, science, young engineers, performing arts, creative arts, sports clubs.
Sixth form in single or double study bedrooms in sixth form centre; dorms of 3-4 with study facilities for age 13-16; age 10-13 in family-style junior house. 2 termly exeats (2 nights) plus half-term. Sixth form have flexible exeats, treated as students, encouraged to take responsibility. Weekend visits to the local city allowed from 16+ (but never alone nor after dark; reporting back in person).
Old Badmintonians, c/o the school.
Dame Iris Murdoch (philospher, novelist); Indira Gandhi (ex-PM of India); Polly Toynbee (journalist); Dame Margaret Miles (educationalist); Claire Bloom, Phyllida Law, Rosamund Pike (actresses).