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Badminton School is an independent, boarding and day school for girls aged 4 to 18 years situated in Westbury-on-Trymmarker, Bristolmarker, Englandmarker. The school consistently performs well in the government's league tables, particularly at A level. In 2008 the school was ranked 3rd in the Financial Times top 1000 schools.

According to the Good Schools Guide, "The secret of the school's success is in its size and a good deal of individual attention."

School history

Miriam Badock established a school for girls in 1858 at Badminton House in Cliftonmarker. By 1898 it had become known as Miss Bartlett's School for Young Ladies.

Unusually for the time the school developed a broad curriculum, and extracurricular activities, including sport, were encouraged. The school grew steadily in size and in 1924 moved to the present site, under the headship of Beatrice May Baker (1876–1973).

Miss Baker (known as BMB) was fundamental in shaping Badminton’s ethos and had a deep personal influence on individual pupils. She encouraged the girls to be aware of world affairs and internationalism. A pioneer in many educational fields, she established Badminton as a much-admired progressive school. She insisted on the rights of young people to freedom of expression and encouraged a questioning approach to learning: "in chapel 'Jesus often had to share the stage with Lenin'". The international outlook she pioneered continues to this day.

In 1958 the school celebrated its centenary with the opening of a new Science Centre by Countess Mountbatten of Burma. Dame Sybil Thorndike was president of the school at that time, and a new cantata called "The Crown of the Year" by Michael Tippett was specially commissioned to mark the event.

By the late 1960s the progressive aspects of the school had all but vanished (Royston Lambert speech at Exeter Universitymarker 19 November 1971) and it had become a standard independent academic school.

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