Badminton School 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information



Badminton School is an independent day and boarding school for girls aged 3–18 located in Bristol in South West England. Badminton 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 girls per class.


Badminton School was founded in 1858 to provide girls with the same educational opportunities as their male counterparts. From the very start it was an international school, welcoming boarders whose parents lived abroad, and offered a broad curriculum (including many subjects that were traditionally deemed unnecessary for girls).


The school takes its name from Badminton House in Clifton, where the school was first based. It moved to its present site in Westbury-on-Trym, a suburb of Bristol, in 1924.


Badminton School states that it offers ‘a bespoke education for each girl with an emphasis on holistic learning’. 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. The school consistently achieves high exam results and 96.1% of all GCSE grades awarded to Badminton girls in 2018 were Grades A*–B (or equivalent).


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.


11 Plus Exam Information for Badminton School


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

County: Bristol
Admissions info
: or 0117 905 5271

School Type: Girls’ independent day and boarding school

Number of Pupils: 300 in senior school (approx.)

Open Day Date: March

Exam Date: January of Year 6

Exam Type / Board: School’s own + Online Test


Badminton School 11 Plus Admissions


Entry to Year 7 of Badminton School is always oversubscribed and, therefore, competitive.


Offers of places are made based on a reference from the candidate’s current school, performance in the entrance exam and an interview with a senior member of staff.


The 11+ entrance exam takes place in January. They consist of written examinations in English and maths, plus an online cognitive abilities test.


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.


A copy of the Badminton School Admissions Policy can be downloaded from the school’s website.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Badminton School


Badminton School’s recommended process for applications starts with requesting a prospectus and arranging a visit to the school. A senior school open event is held in March and places can be booked online.  Individual visits or Skype meetings (for international prospective parents) can be arranged through the admissions department: or 0117 905 5271.


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 and assessment take place in January and results are sent out at the very beginning of February.


Academic, music, STEM, sports and all-round scholarships worth either 5% or 10% remission on fees are awarded to successful applicants entering Year 7. Application forms and details of how scholarships are assessed can be obtained from the admissions department:


Means-tested bursaries are also available. A copy of the bursary application form can be downloaded from the ‘Scholarships, Awards & Bursaries’ page of the school’s website.


Badminton School 11 Plus Exam Format


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


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


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 question, which assess verbal, non-verbal, quantitative and spatial reasoning skills.


How to Prepare for the Badminton School 11 Plus 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.




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Online Test


To prepare for the online cognitive abilities test, we would highly recommend using the following practice tests available on our sister site, Pretest Plus. These are designed to familiarise students with the online format, style and content of this multiple-choice test:


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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.

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