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Badminton School

Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, England

Badminton School, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, England | Dickinson | British Boarding School Consulting

Badminton School

Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, England


Badminton School, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, England | Dickinson | British Boarding School Consulting

Badminton is an independent day and boarding school for girls nestled in the leafy outskirts of the University city of Bristol. The enduring characteristic of Badminton girls is that they are thoughtful individuals, able to evaluate information and decide for themselves. This approach extends beyond their studies and into the day-to-day life of the School, where girls are given a wide range of opportunities to grow, develop and express themselves in an enormous range of activities.

At a glance

Age range: 11 to 18
Total no. of pupils: 380
Percentage of boarders: 50%
Percentage of International pupils: 40%
Pupils in Sixth Form: 110
Average class size: Senior school: 18 / Sixth Form: 11
Sixth Form termly boarding fee: 22/23 £12,140
Top 6 sports:
Girls: Hockey, Netball, Tennis, Swimming, Badminton, Riding
Linked prep/junior school: Yes
Nearest major airports: Bristol (18km), Heathrow (161km)


Whilst the school retains an outstanding academic record (on average over 80% achieve A*/B at A Level), its focus continues to be on nurturing the girls’ natural curiosity and fuelling their passion for learning. The enduring excellence that Badminton girls achieve stems from the positive atmosphere in the School and its holistic approach to education, where girls are encouraged to get ‘under the skin’ of what they are learning, and not just skate over the top.


The size of the campus and vibrant community at Badminton give it a homely feel, which coupled with excellent pastoral care leaves no scope for anonymity. The community is vibrant, girls can board from the age of 9, and day girls are welcome to flexi board, allowing them to combine their academic schedules with joining in the many activities on offer. Weekends are packed full of activities and trips, the emphasis always being on relaxing and having fun in a family environment.


The sporting ethos at Badminton is very much ‘Sport for All’; there is something for everyone to enjoy. Specialist PE teachers and coaches offer timetabled and optional sport for all girls including dance, lacrosse, swimming, judo and cricket. The extensive sporting facilities, greatly expanded by the addition of a new state of the art Sports Centre in 2016, are all onsite.

Creative arts

The Creative Arts at Badminton are not only impressive in their facilities and their accomplishments, but also inspire those who study them. Music is a large and important part of life at the School with over 85% of girls learning to play at least one musical instrument. The stunning Creative Arts Centre provides a hub for the abundance of artistic talent that Badminton exudes and is somewhere that needs to be seen to be believed.

Did you know?

  • Old Badmintonians that you may recognise include former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, author Dame Iris Murdoch, actress Rosamund Pike and Princess Haya of Jordan.
  • At the end of every term at Badminton each girl shakes hands with every member of teaching staff in a tradition named ‘Pump Handles’.