Plenty of pupils come up to the senior school in Year 7 from Badminton’s on-site junior school, while many more arrive from local junior schools. There’s another key entry point in Year 9 for girls from local preps. The registration deadline is nicely flexible but it’s worth getting in the queue up to a year before entry as it’s a popular place, but not off-puttingly over-subscribed. Prospective pupils sit exams in English and maths, plus an online cognitive-abilities test and an all-important interview with the head or a senior member of staff. Places in the sixth form are much more competitive, and pupils need to pass an exam in two A-level subjects, plus a reasoning test. There tends to be around 20 to 25 leavers after Year 11, mostly to co-ed schools, but there’s also a similar number of new starters.
Some 80 per cent of boarders are international pupils with growing interest from Thailand, South Korea and South America. Short-term stays are possible, with a dedicated short stay coordinator facilitating pupils from France, Spain and Germany.
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