Badminton School Review – Rankings, Fees And More

Badminton School is among the most prestigious boarding schools for girls in the UK. The school initially was founded to provide equal educational opportunities for girls over 160 years ago. In this review, we’ll explore the ins and outs of this renowned girls boarding school.

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Summary Of School

  • Type of school: Girls
  • Age range: 11-18
  • Pupils: 550
  • Boarders: 60%
  • Fees: (Boarding) £10,100 – £15,590 termly
  • 2022 A Level Results: 73% A*/A
  • 2022 GCSE Results: 80% 9-7

Badminton School Overview

The school values academic excellence and is selective with its prospective students. Students at Badminton School are confident, well rounded, and have huge aspirations for their futures.  The teachers here know each girl individually and strive to find their talents and nurture them. 

Most students here take 4 A-Levels and have the option to take the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) to further develop their interest. Popular specialisations are Art, Mathematics, Music and Science. Graduates gain places at prestigious colleges such as Central St Martins. Popular career choices are art, medicine, jurisprudence, science and journalism. Famous graduates of Badminton School include Indira Ghandi and writer Iris Murdoch. 

The school values inclusivity and fosters a friendly environment for day girls, boarders, domestic and international students alike. The school recognises all kinds of achievements but does not focus on competitiveness. There are no honours boards and the only prize awarded at the school is the Iris Murdoch award for creative writing.

Badminton School Courses / Programs

At Badminton School, you can enrol for Primary and Secondary School, GCSE and A-level.

Badminton School Application Deadline

For the sixth form:

  • Boarding Registration: Monday 9 October 2023
  • Day Girl Registration: Accepted all year round, but Monday 9 October to be included in the first round of results
  • Scholarship Application and Registration: Monday 9 October 2023
For year 9 and 10:

  • Boarding Registration: Monday 16 October 2023
  • Day Girl Registration: Accepted all year round, but Monday 16 October to be included in the first round of results
  • Scholarship Application and Registration: Monday 16 October 2023

Badminton School Results And Rankings

In 2019, 54.04% of Badminton School  students achieved A & A* grades for A Levels, while 77.35% of students in the GCSE level achieved A & A* grades.

In 2020, the Tatler Schools Guide reported that the majority of Badminton School’s graduates will head to Russell Group universities. Six percent of them go overseas to top universities such as Tufts and John Hopkins in the US and four percent of graduates proceeded to Oxbridge universities. 

The latest results published by Badminton School are from 2020, as follows:

  • 2020 A Level Results: 67% A*/A
  • 2020 GCSE Results: 85% A*/A

In 2022, the results are as follows:

  • 2022 A Level Results: 73% A*/A
  • 2022 GCSE Results: 80% A*/A

Badminton School Fees

School Fees from 9 September 2022 are as follows:


Year Group

Total Fees

Junior School Boarder (International)


Senior School Boarder (International)


Fees for Autumn, Spring and Summer are charged termly, in advance, in a single bill.

Included in Total School Fees for International Boarding

The International Boarding fee includes the cost of escorted travel to and from selected airports and railway stations at the start and end of each term, provided journeys are made on the date designated by the School for travel and on specified journeys by prior arrangement with Boarding Administration. It also includes the option for girls to remain in school at no extra charge during Exeat weekends.

Parents are reminded of the requirements regarding notice in writing which are detailed in the School’s Terms & Conditions of Acceptance.

Fee discounts




HM Forces

Up to 20%

Available only to those in receipt of the Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA) or an equivalent civilian allowance.

Sibling – second daughter


Held for as long as there are two or more sisters on roll at the School.

Sibling – third and subsequent daughters



Year 6 to Senior School continuity


Applies when a girl transfers from J6 to Year 7 and continues to apply throughout her years in the Senior School, including into Sixth Form.

Year 11 to Sixth Form continuity


Applies when a girl transfers to Lower Sixth. A girl who commences in the Junior School and stays at the School into the Sixth Form qualifies for both discounts.


Written parental consent will be sought before any extra fees over £40. The School seeks to minimise extra charges and most day-to-day and curricular items are included in the termly fee. However, other appropriate extras will appear on invoices when applicable, for example:

  • Occasional Boarding 
  • Public examination fees 
  • Sundry shop purchases including stationery 
  • Boarders’ disbursements 
  • Travel not included in the International Boarding Fee 
  • Individual and small group tuition 
  • Piano accompanying for music exams (higher grades) 
  • Residential trips, occasional specialist trips and social gatherings.

Other payments & Optional Subjects




Registration Fee (non-refundable)

Boarders: £150


Acceptance Deposit

International Boarder: 1 Term’s Fees

Payable on return of the Acceptance Form. The deposit will normally be credited without interest against other sums due to the School on leaving. If a place at the School is not taken up after being accepted by the parents, then the first term’s fees will be payable in full. This proviso will apply only if less than one term’s notice is given.




Music Tuition – instrument or voice


Per lesson (40 minutes). Pupils may be taught in pairs or larger groups at the discretion of the teacher with a resulting adjustment to the fee.

Hire of musical instrument


Per term.

Speech and drama lessons and EAL lessons


Per lesson (40 minutes). Pupils may be taught in pairs or larger groups at the discretion of the teacher with a resulting adjustment to the fee.

Extra-curricular sport-coaching e.g. judo, fencing, tennis


As advised by the Director of Sport.

Occasional Boarding per night


Pupils paying day girl rates may stay overnight on an occasional basis by agreement with the Head of Boarding.

Occasional Meals – Day Girls





Lunch, morning break and tea are included in the total school fee. Additional occasional meals are charged.

Badminton School Entry Requirements

Most students arrive in year 7. Everyone below Sixth Form is required to sit for papers in English, Maths and take an online cognitive ability test. Year 7 or Year 8 pupils sit for their entrance assessment in January, while Year 9 or Year 10 pupils do so in November.  Then each girl will have an interview with a senior member of staff. Those who have been at school in the UK for less than 2 years must sit for papers in English as a foreign language.

All girls transiting from the junior school must take the same entrance assessments although the vast majority are accepted. 

Prospective Sixth Formers must sit for papers in two of the subjects they intend to study at A level and as well as an online reasoning test. Each girl is also interviewed by a senior member of staff and references are obtained from the girl’s current school.

All applicants are interviewed, Skype will be used when necessary. 

The school prefers overseas candidates to take UKISET. The test can be taken at any approved test centre around the world. If international candidates have met the initial criteria, they will then be invited for an interview remotely with a senior member of staff. Scholarship applicants must take the entrance exam at Badminton in person or in an approved test centre.

Badminton School Reviews

Lisa, Upper Sixth

“I started at Badminton in Year 9 as a Boarder which was a completely new experience for me, although now as a Sixth Form student I cannot believe it has been that long! I really have grown up at Badminton.”


“The teaching is brilliant; my challenging, interactive and engaging lessons motivated me to select a degree course that encompasses each of my A-Level subjects. Knowledgeable, approachable teachers coupled with small class sizes mean that we are always offered individual attention and support and are encouraged to articulate our own ideas.”


“I feel that the opportunities I had at badminton helped me look out for more and meant that from the beginning I had something a little bit different. This has helped me to secure a place at university, work experience, scholarships and internships, but so much more importantly than that, it’s given me the enthusiasm to make the most out of every opportunity I find.”


“I love that I get to explore my favourite subjects in more depth especially with all the extra-curricular clubs, such as Law Club. Also, I really enjoy having study periods throughout the day which helps me to stay on top of all my work and relax a little bit before the next class.”


“You might think that boarding school is a sheltered life, but I’ve had such different experiences here. I’ve learnt how to talk to people, how to be with people, how to be responsible, how to get on with things and get things done but also when to seek help. Badminton has given me that healthy balance between needing help and support (because all of us do), but at the same time being independent enough to get on with things.”

Mrs Coveney

“I have had three daughters at Badminton – all completely different personalities and abilities – the main reason I chose Badminton was that it allows each girl to be an individual and they are valued for who they are and what they can achieve.”

Badminton School Accommodation

Badminton is a boarding school where at least half the pupils are Day Girls. The school offers many boarding options from Full, Weekly, Occasional and Flexi for all kinds of boarding needs. 

The school offers three homely Boarding Houses: Bartlett House, Sanderson House and The Sixth Form Centre. 

  • Bartlett House is based at the heart of the School to best take care of the youngest Boarders between Years 5 – 8.  The cosy dorm rooms can accommodate up to four girls. The house has common living rooms with entertainment and a separate music room to best suit all the girls’ needs.
  • Sanderson House is a modern, state-of-the-art Boarding House for girls in Years 9-11. The bright and airy rooms can host up to four girls. The house is divided into Berkeley House and Lynmouth House to foster friendships across different ages. There are a large common room, a quiet room and additional social areas on each floor. Entertainment such as Wi-Fi, modern consoles, games and table-football table is available for after-school usage.
  • The Sixth Form Centre is dedicated to the oldest Boarders in the Sixth Form level. The school aims to nurture independence for university life. As a result, the rooms are single or twin study bedrooms only. There are ‘brew rooms’ on every floor, a large refurbished communal social area as well as a kitchen and a laundry room. The girls can have meal exeats onsite or offsite or travel to certain areas of Bristol in pairs. The school provides a late bus on Friday and Saturday evenings for those who want to stay out late. The girls have exclusive access to the School’s facilities such as the Fitness Suite, Swimming Pool, Art Department and Music Department practice room.

There are Housemistresses, Deputies and Resident Tutors who live on-site to provide support and pastoral care. On weekends, the girls can go on frequent external trips, participate in the Gardening Club, bike around or just relax and spend time with their friends.

Badminton School Student Services and Extracurricular Activities

Pastoral Care

Badminton is proud of their outstanding pastoral care, identified as “Excellent” by Inspectors in their recent ISI Inspection. There is a tutor assigned to each girl, a vertical house system and peer mentoring with great emphasis on academics.

Extracurricular Activities

Music and drama activities flourish at Badminton School. 

Most girls here learn at least one musical instrument. Sixth Form students have many musical opportunities including the Schola Cantorum and Badminton Choir, various orchestras and ensembles as well as music theory classes. There are regular performances with a major concert each term, such as the Spring concert at St. George’s Bristol – Bristol’s foremost concert venue.

Many Drama Club activities take place throughout the year, creating opportunities for developments in relating fields such as lighting, sound management and set design. The girls regularly visit local theatres, Stratford-upon-Avon and London as well as the Bristol Youth Theatre – the local drama club. Sixth Form students can work in the annual School production, supporting lower-year girls on their performance projects or develop their performances as part of a Theatre Company. Some notable actresses who graduated from the school are Clare Bloom, Phyllida Law and Rosamunde Pike.

Besides music and drama, Badminton School has over 50 clubs and societies for the girls to spend their free time and to develop social skills. The list of clubs evolves each year and students are encouraged to create their own clubs if they can not find one they like within the current list. 


Unlike many other Bristol schools, Badminton School invests in on-site well-maintained sporting facilities such as astro, tennis courts, netball courts, a 25m pool and an eye-catching new sports hall with cricket nets and climbing wall. The school also has easy access to other specialist sport-facilities such as dry slope skiing and riding. 

The best sports in Badminton are hockey, netball, tennis and swimming. However, the abundance of activities means that all students can enjoy a sport of choice. Some of the extracurricular opportunities here include the Westbury Harriers, Redland Green Tennis, Redland Hockey Club, St Ursula’s Badminton Club and Cavaliers Fencing Club. 

The school also runs the Level 3 Sports Leadership programme to give students a formally recognised qualification in leading and assisting in the delivery of sport and physical activity sessions.

Badminton School Contact Information

  • Official website:

  • Email: [email protected] (Mrs Katherine Stewart, Admissions Manager)

  • Phone call: +44 177 905 5200

  • Location: Westbury Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS9 3BA

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