Dolphin is a modern and forward-thinking independent, coeducational, prep school in Berkshire – an exciting and enterprising place in which to learn, to grow and to be. At the very heart of our educational philosophy, is our belief that children learn best when they are happy, secure and inspired. Individuality is celebrated, relationships between teacher and child are cherished, curiosity about the world abounds and children are encouraged to develop their ability to discuss, to question and to explore.


We pride ourselves on the creative nature of our teaching styles and children flourish in small classes, in an atmosphere filled with warmth and enthusiasm. Our Freedom to Learn ideal translates into creating a learning environment where our children love coming into school, are inspired by subject specialist teaching from an early age and have the opportunity to learn at their own pace and in their own way.


We maintain significant freedom from the pressures of testing, whilst underpinning our curriculum with the highest academic standards and rigour. Children are free to wear their own clothes which goes to the very heart of our wish that they will feel comfortable and confident when they come into school. The children are on first name terms with many of the staff and this again reiterates our commitment to a warm and nurturing environment, built on mutual respect.


Our core values – kindness, confidence, challenge, discovery, freedom – permeate all that we do at Dolphin, whether in the classroom, on the sports field or on a residential trip and our learning extends far beyond the classroom. The cornerstone of our ethos is our day and residential trip programme, through which much of our curriculum is delivered. During their time at Dolphin, children will spend 120 days on trips (day, field and walking), 60 of which are residential, and with the exception of a proportion of the two senior trips to the Alps and Italy, all are built into the school fees.


It was the vision of Ophelia Follett who founded the school in 1970 that Dolphin would educate and prepare children for tomorrow’s world, giving them the skills and empathy to go out and make the lives of others better; that ideal is still very much alive and well today.


Welcome to Dolphin School. 


Adam Hurst, Headmaster


We have been so impressed at how the school encourage a real love for learning and give the children the independence to grow.

Louise Houlton, Parent

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