Badminton School

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Badminton is a thriving day and boarding school for girls aged 3-18, which has remained at the forefront of girls’ education for well over 150 years. The size of the campus and community gives a friendly and vibrant feel to the School. This, coupled with our excellent pastoral care, leaves no scope for anonymity, but rather lends itself to strong mutually supportive relationships between girls as well as between girls and staff.

Whilst the school retains a nationally outstanding academic record, its focus continues to be on nurturing the girls’ natural curiosity and fuelling their passion for learning. Therefore, we select girls on their personal strengths and all round ability, as well as their academic potential. It is a characteristic of Badminton girls 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.

The Badminton community gives girls a chance to develop an understanding of the viewpoints of others and to think about contributing to the world around them. Girls leave Badminton ready to face the changing and challenging wider world and, when they do, they take with them a strong network of lifelong friends developed through a wealth of shared experiences.

The best way to understand the School and to enjoy its atmosphere is to come and visit. Please do get in touch and we will look forward to welcoming you and your daughter.

Gifted & Talented

At Badminton we do not have a formal quota for identifying pupils who are Able, Gifted and Talented but we endeavour to encourage every individual to develop her potential and provide appropriate opportunities for challenge and extension.

Girls who have a particular talent in academic or extracurricular activities are given every opportunity for challenge through competitions such as Maths Olympiads, Creative Writing competitions, Oxbridge Essay competitions, After Dinner Speaking, Model United Nations and Master classes. The Heads of Year work with the girls and their parents to facilitate their timetable to allow them to pursue exceptional opportunities out of School such as National Youth Orchestra and County or National Level Sport. Sixth Form girls are encouraged and supported in external courses such as edX US university units.

Additionally the School has built up links with local universities, firms and organisations such as the Institute of Physics etc. to develop a programme of after School talks/lectures/ discussion groups. All departments provide, both in and out of school, challenges for all year groups and the School responds to one off opportunities such as the Sidney Goldberg Memorial Competition.

All girls are encouraged to participate in enrichment activities whenever offered and tutors monitor and discuss progress and celebrate achievement whenever possible.

SEN

At Badminton we aim to enable each girl to make the most of her own ability and talents. The needs of individual girls will vary but we believe that all pupils are entitled to equal opportunities in education. We aim to provide a whole School response to special educational needs (SEN) and disability.

In addition to the School’s own SESCO (Special Education Support Coordinator), EAL teachers and peripatetic learning support staff, we work in partnership with specialist centres whose support will enable pupils with SEN and/or disabilities to work successfully within curriculum demands.

The School works with parents in supporting their daughter’s education and involves parents and girls in decisions affecting their future SEN and/or disability provision. Regular liaison with parents enables informed decisions to be made. Designated staff provide guidance and special support for pupils as required whilst recognising that all teachers have responsibility to ensure that all pupils with SEN and or SLD can access the curriculum. SEN provision is overseen and coordinated by the School’s experienced SESCO.

All applications for admission are treated in a fair, open-minded way and parents are asked to inform the School of any special circumstances relating to their child which may affect their child’s performance in the admissions process and/or ability to fully participate in the education provided by the School; any necessary adjustments to the admission’s process are considered in light of this.

Bursaries & Scholarships

Academic, Music, Sport and All-Rounder scholarships are available for girls entering Badminton in Years 7, 9 and Lower Sixth. STEM Scholarships are available in Year 7 and Year 9 and a Junior School Scholarship is available to girls entering Year 5 or Year 6.

Parents of girls who are awarded scholarships are also eligible to apply for a means-tested Bursary.

Bursaries are means-tested and awarded on the basis of parents’ financial circumstances. Scholarship and Bursary Application forms may be obtained by emailing our Admissions Department at admissions@badmintonschool.co.uk or via our website.

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