Postby millivanilli » Sat Jan 07, 2023 2:49 pm
I have two children at Dolphin school and they are both incredibly happy there. They are also both very different characters. My daughter is very sociable and creative and loves to throw herself into her learning, which she really loves at Dolphin! I think I would say that it is a wonderfully creative school as well as being strongly academic. The teachers are brilliant, experienced, creative and fun and there’s lots of provision within the curriculum for creative learning. There are assemblies each week which are sometimes led by a class (doing a small play) or small group of children. Parents are always welcome to these - a particular highlight of my week! There are lots of individual music lessons taking place each day, and String and Woodwind Ensemble groups. There is also a wonderful Upper School choir and various concerts during the school year. As well as weekly curriculum Dance and Gym classes, there are clubs like Capoeira dance club. My daughter has a blast in Capoeira and the club is packed full of lots of girls and boys! Sports is brilliant with great teachers and lots of matches against local schools. The Summer Production involves the whole school in a big play, and is a highlight for everyone. We have recently put on The Jungle Book, Mary Poppins, Wind in the Willows, and Into The Woods. The Art provision is wonderful too with a lovely art studio classroom and opportunities to enter things like the Royal College of Art schools competition. There are clubs like Drawing and Art&Clay club which take place during the school day. There are also two lovely libraries with a break time Library Club. Also things like Chess Club, Coding Club, & LAMDA drama. Lots going on! It has a brilliant parent community at the heart of the school too.
Another highlight for both my children is the termly DT (Design & Technology) day where the children are put in mixed aged teams and have an action packed day full of creativity, design and technology. They always come home buzzing from that!
Another thing we really love about Dolphin School is that they have their break times up on the Common where they can race around and enjoy experiencing all the different seasons and weathers outdoors. They have a bag of equipment that they take up with them with lots of fun things to play with like balls, stilts, bats, skipping ropes etc.
Safe to say we adore Dolphin School! It is warm, creative and buzzing! All the best with your decision.