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Badminton School 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information 2024

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Introduction

 

Badminton School is an independent day and boarding school for girls in Bristol, South West England. It is made up of a junior school and senior school, but it is not a ‘through’ school – junior school girls must achieve the required results in the entrance exam to gain a place in the senior school.

 

Badminton is not a particularly big school, with just over 300 girls in the senior school, of whom 60% are boarders. Class sizes are small, with no more than 18 pupils per class. It was founded in 1858 to provide girls with the same educational opportunities as their male counterparts and takes its name from Badminton House in Clifton, where it was first based. It moved to its present site in Westbury-on-Trym, a suburb of Bristol, in 1924.

 

From the very start, Badminton has been an international school, welcoming boarders whose parents lived abroad and offering a broad curriculum (including many subjects that were traditionally deemed unnecessary for girls). Its aim is to deliver teaching and learning in ways that are challenging and fun, with an emphasis on skills development to support independent learning. Thus, the school consistently achieves strong exam results.

 

Badminton alumni include the first female Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi, award-winning actress Rosamund Pike, and philosopher and Booker Prize-winning author Iris Murdoch. [1]

 

Badminton School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information 2024

 

Address: Westbury Road, Westbury-on-Trym, BS9 3BA

County: Bristol

Admissions info: admissions@badmintonschool.co.uk or 0117 905 5271

School type: Girls’ independent day and boarding school

Open Day date: October, March and May

Exam date: January of Year 6

Exam type / Board: School’s own & CAT

 

Open Events for Badminton School 11 Plus (11+) Entry

 

Badminton School’s recommended process for applications starts with requesting a prospectus and arranging a visit to the school. Open Events are held in October, March and May, and places can be booked online, through this page. Individual visits can be arranged with the Admissions Team. You can view the school’s exact location on the map below:

 

 

Badminton School 11 Plus (11+) Admissions

 

Entry to Year 7 at Badminton School is always oversubscribed and, therefore, competitive. Offers of places are made based on a reference from the candidate’s current school and her performance in the entrance exam and interview, conducted by a senior member of staff.

 

In the event that the school has to choose between two or more candidates, certain ‘preference factors’ will be taken into consideration, including whether the candidate:

 

  • has a sister or close relative who is a current or former pupil at the school
  • has any specific talents or aptitudes
  • has visited the school
  • has identified Badminton as her first choice of school.

 

If parents decide to apply for a place in Year 7 at Badminton for their daughter, they must complete the online registration form and pay a non-refundable registration fee of £50 for day girls and £150 for boarders. The deadline for registration is in December of the year preceding entry.

 

The entrance exam takes place in January and results are sent out at the very beginning of February.

 

Badminton School 11 Plus (11+) Scholarships and Bursaries

 

Academic, music, STEM, sports and all-round scholarships are awarded to successful applicants entering Year 7.

 

Academic awards include The Badock Scholarship and The Bartlett Scholarship and two Academic Exhibitions: The Murray Exhibition and The Rendall Exhibition. These are awarded on the basis of performance in academic assessments and can be applied for using an online form.

 

Music Scholarships are typically awarded to candidates who have achieved at least Grade 4 standard in their first instrument. The assessment process includes an interview and an audition.

 

All-Rounder Awards are offered as a recognition of the candidate’s achievements across a range of disciplines. Please click here to access the application form.

 

STEM Scholarships are awarded to girls with a particular aptitude in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects. The assessment process includes completing a practical STEM aptitude paper at the school’s premises.

 

Following an assessment of physical abilities, alongside generic and sports-specific skills, the school will award Sports Scholarships to successful candidates. In order for your daughter to be considered for this award, you should complete and submit a separate application form.

 

Means-tested bursaries are also available. They are reassessed annually and may vary in value, depending on changes in your financial circumstances. The size of your family and the level of your income and capital will be taken into consideration.

 

Bursaries are worth 10-50% of fees and can be coupled with a scholarship. More details are available in the Bursary Policy.

 

Badminton School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Format

 

The 11+ entrance examination for Badminton School has three components:

 

  • English written paper
  • Mathematics written paper
  • Online cognitive abilities test

 

The English paper examines comprehension and writing skills, whilst the maths paper tests problem-solving abilities and arithmetic skills.

 

The cognitive abilities test is used by schools to assess pupils’ developed abilities and likely academic potential. It is a computer-based test that consists of different types of multiple-choice questions, which assess verbal, non-verbal, quantitative and spatial reasoning skills.

 

How to Prepare for the Badminton School 11 Plus (11+) Exam

 

One of the best ways of preparing for competitive entrance exams is to use practice papers. These help students to familiarise themselves with the format and question types they will encounter in the actual test in an efficient and effective manner. They also provide an excellent opportunity for students to practise working under time pressure.

 

Our practice papers, which are available for immediate download, print and use after purchase, offer excellent practice and preparation for the Badminton School entrance exam. They cover all the key skills and can be used to identify any weaker areas that require additional work ahead of the exam and to help build confidence.

 

Our 11+ practice papers are thoroughly researched and up to date. Every year, they are used successfully by tens of thousands of students targeting schools with a competitive entrance exam. They are designed to be age appropriate but challenging, to reflect the demands of such an exam.

 

Badminton School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Practice Papers


NOTE: The following English and Mathematics practice tests are in standard format, which means that students need to write in their own answers rather than choose from a list of multiple-choice options. This matches the 11+ Exam format used by the school.


English

 

To prepare for the Badminton School English paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers, which will help to improve comprehension and writing skills, including spelling and vocabulary:

 

Comprehension

 

11+ English Pack 1

 

11+ English Pack 2

 

11+ English Pack 3

 

11+ English Pack 4

 

11+ English Pack 5

 

11+ Inference Skills Pack 1

 

11+ Inference Skills Pack 2

 

11+ Poetry Comprehension

 

11+ Complete Comprehension Guide

 

11+ Reading Workbook

 

Writing

 

11+ Complete Writing Guide

 

11+ Writing Prompts

 

11+ Rewrite & Improve

 

11+ Spelling Pack 1

 

11+ Spelling Pack 2

 

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Mathematics

 

To prepare for the Badminton School 11+ maths paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers:

 

Full Practice Tests

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 1

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 2

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 3

 

11+ Mathematics Pack 4

 

Skill Specific Practice

 

11+ Problem Solving Pack 1

 

11+ Problem Solving Pack 2

 

11+ Mental Arithmetic 

 

11+ Algebra

 

11+ Angles & Degrees

 

11+ BODMAS

 

11+ Estimation & Place Value

 

11+ Factors & Multiples

 

11+ Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

 

11+ Measurements

 

11+ Money

 

11+ Operations

 

11+ Perimeter, Area & Volume

 

11+ Position & Direction

 

11+ Probability

 

11+ Properties of Shapes

 

11+ Ratio & Proportion

 

11+ Reflection, Rotation & Symmetry

 

11+ Sequences

 

11+ Special Numbers

 

11+ Speed, Distance & Time

 

11+ Statistics

 

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Online CAT Test

 

The following Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT) online practice tests are highly recommended for successful preparation for the Badminton School 11+ CAT test. They help familiarise students with the various modules and question types that will come up in the CAT4 Level C, which is taken for Year 7 (11+) entry.

 

CAT4 – Level C – Practice Test 1 

CAT4 – Level C – Practice Test 2

CAT4 – Level C – Practice Test 3

CAT4 – Level C – Practice Test 4

CAT4 – Level C – Practice Test 5

CAT4 – Level C – Practice Test 6

CAT4 – Level C – Practice Test 7

CAT4 – Level C – Practice Test 8

CAT4 – Level C – Practice Test 9

CAT4 – Level C – Practice Test 10

 

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Non-Verbal Reasoning

CAT4 – Level C – Figure Matrices

CAT4 – Level C – Figure Classification

 

Verbal Reasoning

CAT4 – Level C – Verbal Classification

CAT4 – Level C – Verbal Analogies

 

Quantitative Reasoning

CAT4 – Level C – Number Analogies

CAT4 – Level C – Number Series

 

Spatial Reasoning

CAT4 – Level C – Figure Analysis

CAT4 – Level C – Figure Recognition

 

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CAT4 Quantitative Reasoning Course

 

CAT4 Non-Verbal Reasoning Course

 

CAT4 Spatial Reasoning Course

 

CAT4 Verbal Reasoning Course

 

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Interviews

 

This interview guide covers all the key concepts your child needs to be aware of for the 11+ Interview:

 

11+ Interviews – The Complete Guide

 

 

Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Badminton School 11+ past papers. The information provided about Badminton School was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.

 

Other entry points for Badminton School:

 

Click here to learn about Year 3 entry via the 7 Plus (7+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 4 entry via the 8 Plus (8+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 9 entry via the 13 Plus (13+) Exam

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