Dolphin School A GSG School
- Dolphin School
- Head: Mr Tom Lewis
- T 01189 341277
- F 01189 344110
- E email@example.com
- W www.dolphinschool.com
- A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 3 to 13
- Boarding: No
- Local authority: Wokingham
- Pupils: 223
- Religion: None
- Fees: £9,540 - £13,215 pa
- Open days: Friday 24th February, 2017
- Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
- ISI report: View the ISI report
What The Good Schools Guide says..
The first thing you’ll notice is the lack of school uniform, with staff also casually dressed and most addressed by their first names – both approaches that provide a taster into the broad-mindedness and rejection of rigid educational ideology that mark this school out. ‘We take the view that at the centre of our job is providing an environment that feels comfortable because if children are comfortable, they’re much more likely to be engaged and confident,’ explains the head.
What the school says...
Dolphin School offers a 'hands-on' approach to learning, high academic standards and a unique field and walking trip programme both at home and abroad which takes education beyond the classroom and brings it to life.
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What The Good Schools Guide says
Since January 2015, Tom Lewis (30s), previously head of a prep school in Seoul, Korea. He grew up partly in Hong Kong, moving to Oxford for his school years, then read classics at King's College London. He worked in the City for several years before joining Papplewick as a teacher and stayed for eight years, becoming head of classics and deputy head, then worked for the Eaton Square Schools Group (now Minerva Education) before heading abroad.
An affable man with a calming influence, who is clearly passionate about the progressive approach of the school. But perhaps inevitably, given the quirkiness of the school, there were concerns when he arrived that he would ‘move the school more towards a classic prep school feel,’ as one parent put it. Staff too got...
Special Education Needs
At Dolphin there is an Individual Needs Co Ordinator who helps to identify any children who may need support or, in the case of the most able, extension material. The curriculum at Dolphin is challenging and consequently the majority of children are of average ability or above. We do not have a learning support unit, but some children do have weekly one-to-one lessons with qualified support staff where necessary, the cost of which is in addition to the termly fees. 09-09
|Condition||Provision for in school|
|ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder||Y|
|Aspergers Syndrome [archived]|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders||Y|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]|
|CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia|
|Delicate Medical Problems [archived]|
|English as an additional language (EAL)|
|Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory|
|Has SEN unit or class|
|HI - Hearing Impairment|
|MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty|
|MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment|
|Natspec Specialist Colleges|
|OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability|
|Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty|
|PD - Physical Disability|
|PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty|
|SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health|
|SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication|
|SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty|
|Special facilities for Visually Impaired|
|SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty|
|VI - Visual Impairment|