Badminton would not be the same without music. Everyone is encouraged to contribute to music in school from the beginner to the most accomplished. We regularly enjoy performances by girls in assemblies, informal recitals in school and concerts. A major concert takes place each term, with the highlight being the pre-Christmas concert at Bristol’s foremost venue – St. George’s Bristol.
A high proportion of girls study at least one musical instrument and there is a wide variety of choral and ensemble groups in school. These include choirs, orchestra, string ensembles, woodwind and other groups which reflect girls’ talents and interests which range from classical to jazz to musical theatre.
As we have over 30 visiting music teachers in school each week, girls can study a wide range of instruments. Master classes are arranged in school and pupils from other local schools are welcomed. Girls regularly attend concerts, locally and nationally, to experience a variety of music.
The Music Department also organises regular overseas tours. In recent years Badminton girls have performed choral and instrumental works in Budapest, Bruges, Barcelona and Florence.
Many girls enjoy participating in music competitions out of school as well as in our own Music Festival. Some have won accolades in national and international competitions and others belong to the National Youth Orchestra. Girls are encouraged to join in the variety of music activities in Bristol including music societies, local orchestras, competitions and festivals.
Girls enjoy timetabled drama and theatre studies throughout the school and, in addition, the Drama Department runs weekly clubs and stage a variety of productions. Our annual senior production presents a range of genres such as restoration comedy, Shakespeare, Commedia del’Arte and musical theatre. Every summer, Year 7 and Year 9 girls stage a workshop performance following several days of intensive preparation. Drama clubs produce various productions throughout the year. Some girls enjoy developing expertise in technical production, including lighting, sound management and set design.
Regular trips to local theatres, Stratford-upon-Avon and London are organised and some girls enjoy participating in local drama groups, including Bristol Youth Theatre. Former Badminton students have gone on to study at RADA and to perform with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Globe Theatre.Speech and Drama classes are popular, culminating in LAMDA and Poetry Vanguard examinations.
Our stunning Creative Arts Centre is the backdrop for a wide range of creative art, including jewellery, pottery, sculpture, fine art, textiles, photography and digital media. No one can resist being creative in such a stimulating environment. Exhibitions in our gallery each term show outstanding work across the age range from Year 7 to Sixth Form in a range of media.
Professional artists are invited to work with the girls on specific projects with recent artists including Serena De La Hay (wicker sculpture) and Rupert Bathurst (portraiture).
Girls enjoy success in various art competitions including Young Tate Modern and the Bristol Schools’ Art Exhibition. There are frequent trips to view exhibitions at The Royal Academy, Tate Modern and local Galleries.
We value sport for enjoyment and fitness as part of a healthy balanced lifestyle, as well as competitively. We are fortunate to have space on the campus for our sports facilities including a 25 metre indoor swimming pool, full sized all-weather pitch, tennis and netball courts, gymnasium and fitness centre. An advantage of the school’s location in Bristol is that we also have easy access to other local facilities for more specialist sport for example dry slope skinning, riding and climbing.
In the curriculum there are timetabled periods for sport, including swimming, gymnastics and dance; hockey and netball are our main winter sports with rounders, tennis and athletics in the summer term. From Year 10, a range of options including badminton, aerobics and yoga are introduced as additional timetabled options.
In a school of our size, there are many opportunities for girls to play in teams. Fixtures are arranged on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings in our major sports. Team are entered for, and enjoy success, in county, regional and national tournaments and Badminton girls are regularly selected for County teams. Some senior girls also play in local teams and clubs, including hockey, squash and water-polo. Tours are arranged within the UK and further afield to places such as Malta and Gibraltar. We also organise a biennial ski trip for younger girls.
Colours are awarded every year to girls who excel in various sports at our annual celebration of Sport Dinner to which we invite a celebrity sportsman or woman to talk about their careers as an inspiration to the girls.
The six Houses at Badminton compete in hockey, netball, rounders and tennis each year to gain points for the House trophy. In spite of friendly rivalry, these are always very hard fought matches.
In school there are sports clubs for girls timetabled every day and at weekends. These include basketball, badminton, hockey, swimming, riding, fencing, netball, football, gym, judo, rounders and tennis. Fixtures and competitions are arranged.
We support girls who are pursuing excellence in individual sport such as tai kwondo, judo, synchronised swimming, squash, kick-boxing and cycling at national level.