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Published Thursday 18th of August 2011 11:22:31 AM

Badminton School, Bristol, is among the top schools in the country based on this year's A Level results and has consistently topped the South West for the past sixteen years.

100% of the pupils at the school passed, with an impressive 57% of all girls at Badminton gaining three A* or A grades. 25% gained the new A* grade, 96% of the girls gained grades A*- C, 89% grades A*- B and 68% gained all A*s and As. The average UCAS points per candidate was 468.4* which is up 34 points on last year.

Aspiring fashion designer Maddie Sunter from Yatton is going to top London Arts university, Central St Martins for her Art Foundation year to study Fashion after gaining two A*s in Art and Photography and a B in Politics. Maddie has already completed four courses at the prestigious university in pattern making, portfolio, photography and fashion sketchbook and, following her GCSEs, lived by herself in the capital for the summer in a serviced apartment.

Maddie, who sadly lost her mother, a textile artist, to breast cancer, is an active charity campaigner and has raised just under £2,000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer by making dresses and holding raffles. She plans to set up community centres for abused women with medical and dental facilities and create jobs using the profits raised by her fashion designs and is passionate about creating clothes for 'real size' women.

Said Maddie: 'I am really inspired by Vivienne Westwood and Roberto Cavalli who really stretch the boundaries. However I want to design clothes using normal size models. Every girl should have boobs and a bum on the catwalk and curves are essential. I am currently making a dress made of plastic and have always loved sewing. I did some corsetry work experience at Bristol Costumes and love the structure and angles in clothing that this skilful designing can create.'

Maddie has also been volunteering at Horfield Primary School over the past year where she has been helping an autistic boy learn to read and she coaches the junior girls at Badminton in hockey and swimming. She also works part-time as a silver service food and beverage waitress at Cadbury House. Maddie is a Grade 7 pianist, loves sport and is a member of Badminton's first rounders, netball and hockey teams and set up her own business called Funkit, as part of the Young Enterprise Scheme selling bags, bracelets and USB wrist bands.

National Eventing champion Samantha Crumpton from Failand is riding high having achieved one A* and two As in her A Levels. Sam, who has completed a one star at Gatcombe Horse Trials and won Horse of the Year Show, has been Eventing for the past two years at British Eventing Novice Level and has represented the South West at the Pony Club Intermediate Championships. Sam is hoping to study Veterinary Science at Cambridge and has been undertaking work experience taking care of the animals at Noah's Ark Farm in Bristol and Hotwell Farm Stud in Yeovil where she single-handedly delivered a foal one night. She has worked alongside an equine vet in Failand, in a small animal practise in Clifton, dairy farmed in Chew Magna and is going to take a gap year where she has planned a four week veterinary research project at Sydney University and conservation work in South Africa. Sam was also Head Girl at Badminton and enjoys public speaking. She reached the finals and won best speaker in an English Speaking Union competition and was a regional finalist in the Rotary Club public speaking competition last year. She has also been awarded the LAMDA Gold Medal and has been given Distinction for the English Speaking Board's Advanced Certificate.

Badminton Head Girl Elaine Lau is set to study Politics and Sociology at Durham having gained 1 A*, a B and 2 Cs at A Level. Elaine, who is interested in working for the BBC in the future as a political interviewer or working in political research, won last year's Badminton Mock General Election as party leader for the Liberal Democrats and interviewed Paul Harrod, who was campaigning to be a local MP. She has campaigned for various political parties, is a member of the Conservative Party and has worked at weekends distributing political leaflets. She is a keen member of Badminton's Debating Club and the Cambridge Debating Union, helped set up Badminton's Law and Politics Society and has achieved a LAMDA Gold Medal.

Elaine is also a keen engineer and came third in the Toyota Technology Challenge where she designed a solar powered car and took part in the Engineering Education Scheme British Association Gold Crest Award where she designed an agitator for Astra Zeneca which had to run on renewable energy. Elaine is a keen sportswoman and plays in Badminton's first teams for both hockey and netball and has a Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. She volunteers for St Peter's Hospice and works on Saturday at the Tenovus Shop in Henleaze, Bristol.

Said Headmistress, Jan Scarrow: 'Just looking at what our students have attained just shows what a rounded education we offer here at Badminton. Not only have they gained excellent results, these girls have been empowered to achieve personal excellence and really follow their aspirations.

'Here at Badminton we want to enable young women such as these to have the life skills as well as the academic results they need to pursue the careers of their choice and to go on to top universities. Small class sizes, inspirational teaching and a supportive and aspirational environment really does make the difference.'

Pictured above from left to right:
Emma Lane, Maddie Sunter, Sam Crumpton, Samantha Holley, Lydia Baker, Sharmani Clark.

Also pictured:
Maddie Sunter and Sam Crumpton
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