'Children show exceptionally high levels of enjoyment, curiosity, imagination and creativity' was the conclusion of the ISI Inspection of Dolphin School in February 2010. The report also recognised that Dolphin children have 'outstanding social awareness and excellent attitudes to their learning' whilst parents say they are 'extremely happy with the education provided for their children'. To read the report in full, visit www.isinspect.org.uk. The Good Schools Guide 2009 said, 'The warmth of the greeting everywhere was striking and genuine.' For the full review visit www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk
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.
COURSES OFFERED. 'Dolphin provides an education that goes well beyond the requirements of the National Curriculum.' ISI Inspection Report, June 2004.
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.
EXAMINATION RESULTS. Our examination results are outstanding and we regularly win major scholarships to senior independent schools, including St Paul's, Harrow, Eton and Winchester. We provide an education especially suited to the needs of able children (academically, musically, and artistically). Internal scholarships and academic bursaries are available to children of 10 - 13 in the performing arts, art, creative writing and sport. We have a thriving Old Delphinian organisation. Most leavers gain very good results at GCSE, A-level degree level, and a high proportion attend Oxbridge Colleges.
ENTRY. Entrance for Nursery is at age 3 years, for Reception at age 4 years, and throughout the Upper School where places are available. Children may apply for external scholarships between the ages of 11-13.