'The moment you walk through Badminton’s gates you are immersed in the friendly atmosphere' – Headmistress, Rebecca Tear
Badminton School is such an exciting place to work. Here we push the boundaries on putting learning into action. Our students are taught more than simply a thin veneer of facts, they also get to understand the how and why, and most importantly whether they enjoy engaging with their subjects in a real-world sense.
Our Science Outreach work is a prime example of this – this year the outreach team has worked with CERN, Lancaster University and the Institute of Physics at WOMAD. They have also presented at the Bluedot Festival at Jodrell Bank for the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing and students’ peer review papers have been published in the Institute of Physics’ journal, Physics Education.
The teams of academic, pastoral and support staff work hard to inspire ideas and develop curiosity in the girls. They create opportunities to actually do things rather than just think about them and I love the way the girls are focused on actively applying their subject material through research projects and community work, rather than on the gathering of qualifications. In fact, one of the most frustrating aspects of my day is knowing that there are a number of amazing things taking place across the school at any one time but not being able to get to all of them!
Our activity-based approach means that from the moment you walk through Badminton’s gates you are immersed in the busy, buzzy and friendly atmosphere. It is wonderful to be a part of it, and a privilege to capture the energy that the girls (and staff!) exude as they throw themselves into all they do. The broad range of activities – from forest school to ferromagnetic research, art to archery – ensures that everyone can find something that interests or challenges them, and lets them develop into the person they want to be. I certainly feel privileged to be a part of the community here, but the best part of my job remains sharing in the laughter and sense of fun that permeates whatever is going on at some point every day!