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Dolphin School

Waltham Road, Hurst, Berkshire, England RG10 0FR
Tel: + 44 (0) 1189 341 277

Private School (Fee Paying) Co-Educational 3 - 13 Years Day

The power of a Dolphin education lies in the strength of its community and the inspirational teamwork. To develop confident, compassionate, independent-thinking and well-balanced young people.

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Word From The Head

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Adam Hurst

Dolphin School is unique. It is a school where our core values of Freedom, Discovery, Challenge, Confidence and Kindness are lived out each and every day. Whether it is through our extensive and varied trips programme, our subject specialist teaching from nursery upwards, our lack of uniform, or the first name terms between students and teachers, Dolphin is a school that is different, and proudly so.

Dolphin exists in the image of its founding days. The curriculum is experiential, teachers have the freedom to explore ideas and topics as they arise, and our children are encouraged to be curious, volunteer their own insights and ask questions. Whenever visitors encounter our students in their learning environments, they comment on the genuine enthusiasm shown by our boys and girls, as they vie for the opportunity to tell our guests what they are studying. I always enjoy showing people around Dolphin, where teachers and students do a better job of selling our school than I ever can, just by doing what they do every day of the week!

At the very heart of our educational philosophy is our belief that children learn best when they are happy, when they are comfortable, when they do, when they are free to question and explore. Our children flourish in small classes, in an atmosphere filled with warmth and enthusiasm, where individuality is celebrated and relationships between teacher and child are cherished. We are not constrained to the classroom and strive to maintain a learning environment where our children love coming into school and have the opportunity to learn at their own pace and in their own way. This is what it means to be given Freedom to Learn.

Welcome to Dolphin School.

Adam Hurst, Headmaster

What We Offer

  • Common Entrance
  • Archaeology
  • Classics
  • Design Technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Environmental studies
  • Geology
  • ICT
  • Media/Film studies
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Photography
  • Ancient Greek
  • Chinese
  • Chinese - Mandarin
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-Country
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial Arts
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Touch Rugby
  • Adventure Training
  • Astronomy
  • Canoeing
  • Chess
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • First Aid/Life Savers
  • Language Club
  • Orienteering
  • Public Speaking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • After School Club
  • Before School Club
  • Gifted Children


  • Assessment
  • Report from previous school
  • Trial day at school
  • Academic
  • All-rounder
  • Art
  • Bursaries
  • Drama
  • Information Computing Technology (ICT)
  • Music
  • Scholarships - Other
  • Science
  • Siblings
  • Sport
  • No religious affiliation
  • English

    Age Range & Fees

    Age Range3 to 13
    Annual Day Fees *£12555 to £17190
    Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *£0 to £0
    Annual Full Boarding Fees *£0 to £0
    * Currency: GB Pound

    Number Of Pupils

    0Full Boarding0
    0Weekly Boarding0
    Boys Girls

    Number Of Staff

    Full-time: 21
    Part-time: 25

    % Pupils Gaining
    GCSE/IGCSE Passes 5 - 9

    % Pupils Gaining
    A Level Grades A – C

    % Pupils Going
    To University

    School Reviews

    ISI Report, 2016

    The integration of an extremely wide range of educational visits and residential trips not only broadens pupils' experiences, building tolerance and respect for ways of living different to their own, but also promotes insightful discussions.  

    ISI Report, 2016

    Throughout the school pupils are well educated...they have good standards of knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to their ages and abilities.  


    Dolphin is great because it gives everyone a chance to get involved in team sports, regardless of their talents and when you join a much bigger school it sets you up to become part of sport teams and develop social connections which I think is super important for life, so thank you and the rest of...  

    ISI Report, 2016

    Extra-curricular activities such as science, programming, mathematical and technical drawing, music groups and debating clubs offer additional challenge.  

    A Dolphin Parent

    The teachers' commitment and enthusiasm brings out the best in all the children.  

    ISI Report, 2016

    Across the school, high levels of mutual respect between staff and pupils, and between pupils themselves are supported by the strong family feeling within the school community.