In January 2016, the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) visited Dolphin School and found that "teaching is characterised by excellent subject knowledge, which gives breadth to lessons and stimulates pupils' interest, extends their thinking and promotes general knowledge." Furthermore, "the range of subjects offered ensures that pupils at all stages are given learning experiences which fulfil their academic potential and successfully nurture their personal development." The pupils were found to have excellent personal development and "are notably tolerant, kind and emotionally mature for their age." Across the school, the inspectors found "high levels of mutual respect between staff and pupils, and between pupils themselves supported by the strong family feeling within the school community." Children were found to be "active learners and critical thinkers" and "are keen to ask questions and explore the world in which they live". "The quality of the pupils' social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is excellent" and "Pupils demonstrate respect for a range of human faiths and beliefs and understand the importance of inclusion, tolerance and kindness for all."
To read the report in full, visit: http://www.dolphinschool.com/MainFolder/Content/Our-School/Inspection-Reports/dolphin_school_ISI_report_2016.pdf
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GENERAL. Most children have special gifts and talents, which too often remain forever hidden. Children leave Dolphin with confidence in themselves, a strong sense of individualism, the ability to adjust well in school and social situations, at least one area in which they can feel pride in their own achievement and a strong sense of curiosity and enjoyment in learning. Throughout life, in an ever more quickly changing world, they will have the skills and the confidence to pursue their ambitions and interests successfully and to lead happy and fulfilled lives as socially concerned adults.
Abundant academic, artistic, social and sporting stimulation is provided through an extremely broad, well-rounded programme. From age seven children are taught in small, academically rigorous classes by graduate specialists who encourage lateral thinking. In a friendly, family atmosphere, with excellent pastoral care, children learn to co-operate, value the opinions of others and accept responsibility.
ACTIVITIES. A unique strength of Dolphin School is our residential field trip and extensive mountain-walking programme. We believe in 'hands-on' learning, whether in or outside the classroom; all children participate in a very wide range of day trips to museums, theatres, archeological sites and other venues. Fees include all field, walking and day trips, and the large range of after school activities.
DESTINATION SCHOOLS. Dolphin is not a feeder school for any specific senior school and we value our independence highly. The breadth and quality of the education at Dolphin allows flexibility and freedom of choice when it comes to selecting an appropriate senior school. Children regularly obtain a place at their first choice school. In the last 5 years, children have won scholarships to Wellington College, Pangbourne College, Reading Blue Coat, Queen Anne's, Luckley House, The Abbey and Abingdon.
ENTRY. Entrance for Nursery is at age 3 years, for Reception at age 4 years, and throughout the Upper School where places are available.