Welcome to the brand new Dolphin School Alumni section of the website. This area of the website is specially designed to keep Old Delphinians in touch and informed!

 

If you are a former student of Dolphin School in Hurst, you will be able to access details on this site which will let you know news of your former classmates and what's currently happening at Dolphin. 

 

We send out regular email updates with news of reunion dates and other events, plus PDFs of the Oracle and the Old Delphinian news. If we do not have your up to date contact details, or you have any news you would like to share with us, please contact Sarah Radford at headspa@dolphinschool.com  so that we can update our records!

 

Keep in touch with classmates! Join our Old Delphinians Facebook group

 

A message from Old Delphinian Matt Allwright, Television Presenter and Journalist

 

It is a testament to the lasting gifts of the Dolphin education that its alumni have succeeded in a remarkable range of careers, whether it be in the arts, industry, business or public service, many still trace their success back to the lessons they learnt at Dolphin. It’s fair to say that for a relatively small school Dolphin’s alumni have left an outsize footprint on the world.

 

Old Delphinian reunions are always a joyous affair, not just for the Old Ds who love to endlessly relive their schooldays and tales from the trips with their friends, but for Dolphin to celebrate their achievements, continue to share their journeys and recognise the part the school has played in them. 

 

Old Delphinian Profiles

Accordion Alex Edmans

Alex EdmansProfessor of Finance, London Business School

What unique or distinct qualities do you think your time at Dolphin has given you?

 

Sense of adventure and love of life. I’m always willing to try new things – go live in a different country (the US), take up violent sports such as boxing and ice hockey (despite my small stature), do a half-ironman or marathon, join a rock band. I don’t fear failure nor crave success; I do new things even though that makes me less successful than sticking with things I’m good at, because I love doing them.

 

2)    Balance. I entered Dolphin as a pure academic, and left with lots of outside interests. I’ve been a finance professor for the last 9 years, which is typically a narrow job, but was involved in so many extra-curricular things during my times at Wharton and London Business School. This morning I led the training session for my athletics club; tomorrow morning I will play in my church’s worship band. It also helps me not to get caught up in chasing success (e.g. publications) but be willing to take time out for these other activities. While most finance professors talk equations, one of my passions is explaining complex concepts in simple language – I try to balance presentation skills and clear writing with the traditional quantitative skills.

 

3)    Independence. Dolphin taught me to think, not to learn by algorithm or recite. I’m very contrarian and creative in my views. My PhD thesis at MIT was on the effect of football matches on the stock market. I was one of the first finance professors to take seriously the idea that businesses should be a force for good, not short-term shareholder value maximization. I am not afraid of my individuality. I taught at Wharton wearing polo shirts and shorts and play loud rock music before class, rather than the standard suit and tie. First-year analysts at Morgan Stanley were told to toe the line and just do what they’re told (particularly since the downturn and there were many rounds of firing). My first evaluation (6 months in) said “Notably for a first-year analyst, Alex is not afraid to speak his views, which is to be encouraged”.

 

4)    Positivity. I am naturally a happy and optimistic person.

 

5)    Respect. MBA students see me as particularly approachable despite being a professor. Junior faculty see me as being particularly approachable and helpful despite being senior. Staff (e.g. administrators) see me as being particularly approachable despite being faculty. (At LBS, there’s a huge faculty-staff divide). A number of people have (unexpectedly) told me that they are positively surprised when I give talks and refer to the CEO as “she”, when most people don’t. I’m not trying excessively to be politically correct; this just comes naturally. 

 

Accordion Kimberly McIntosh

Kimberly McIntosh, Policy Officer at The Runnymede Trust/ROTA

 

After leaving Dolphin, I received an academic scholarship and attended Leighton Park school in Reading. Following a gap year travelling South America, I read History at the University of Manchester where I gained First Class with Honours. I spent the summer interning for the Department for Work and Pensions and moved permanently to London in October 2013. I completed my Masters in International Migration and Public Policy at the London School of Economics in September 2014. I immediately started working for Conciliation Resources, a peacebuilding NGO, after paying my dues that summer as an intern, whilst writing my thesis. After another entry-level stint at Magic Breakfast, a children’s charity tackling inequality, I started my current role as Trainee Policy Officer for the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. We speak out on behalf of our 12,000 member charities: 1/3 of the voluntary sector in England, and represent them to government. We ensure the environment is the best it can be for charities to operate within, so they can continue to serve the people they work with. My day-to-day includes: writing briefings for MPs, responding to government consultations running our government exchange programme and writing the occasional speech. 

 

How Dolphin formed me

 

There is no doubt that my time at Dolphin changed the course of my life; its direction and my character. This may sound bold. But it gave me a weapon with which to question everything; to not believe something simply because it had been said, or authority because it exists. This ethos is at the heart of everything at Dolphin – it’s infused throughout the school curriculum and fuels its extensive trip programme. It’s represented in the space given in classes for free thought. My old exercise books from Dolphin are filled with poems, stories, drawings and paintings. My desire to campaign was sparked at Dolphin and this is now what I do for work, and outside of it. Because making policy and influencing government for the charities is all about making positive change for the benefit of our society. We challenge when change is necessary. Understanding how ideas translate into practice is central to what I do and Dolphin has been a perfect springboard. The field trip programme allowed us to compare how things are described, to how they look and feel. Dolphin is where I read my first Orwell novel, performed in my first Shakespeare play and came face-to-face with Botticelli’s Venus - all before the age of 12. Everything came to life there. I volunteer as a tutor for the Access Project because I know these opportunities are not shared or divided equally.

 

And this is extremely important to me. Dolphin gave me the gift of social mobility, which goes beyond educational outcomes. It is the liberation that comes with walking up to anyone and feeling you are their equal, and being secure in your ability and deserved place in the world. I know that many schools can inspire confidence in their pupils but Dolphin made me feel I had a power that made me unique. This is the armour I battle through life with that protects me, even when faced with failure. Its present in my continued interest in art and literature that may not have blossomed without opportunity. Really, my desire to experience everything started here because Dolphin’s encouragement of discovery and exploration has kept me ambitious and keen for new challenges.

 

I am forever grateful to the Delphic Bursary Fund for their support.

 

I don’t know exactly when the definitive moment was, when I realised that Dolphin had gifted me something special. But sometime in my late teens I contacted the head of the time and thanked her. I have been grateful ever since.  

Accordion Simon Crawford Phillips

Simon Crawford PhillipsPianist/Conductor

 

Accordion Simon Emanuel

Simon EmanuelExecutive Producer on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Accordion John Finnemore

John FinnemoreWriter, Comedian and Actor famous for writing Cabin Pressure, John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme and Double Acts.

Accordion Tamsin Morse

Tamsin MorsePainter

Accordion Blake Ritson

Blake RitsonActor, famous for playing Mr Elton in Jane Austen’s Emma

Accordion Claire Taylor

Claire TaylorFormer England Cricketer

Accordion Hugh Welchman

Hugh WelchmanFilm Producer and Director best known for producing the Academy Award winning Best Short Film, Peter and the Wolf

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