Year 7

The experiences at the senior end of the school are unparalleled. Not only is the school's unique trip programme able to offer the older children an even more rewarding learning experience, but the hands-on approach to teaching in school provides greater opportunities for enrichment. The children embark on the Common Entrance or scholarship syllabus and normally would be expected to gain entry into the senior school of their choice. Dolphin does not feed into any particular senior school and provides continual advice and support to all parents as they seek the school that will best suit their child.

The school day begins at 8 o'clock and finishes at 3.30pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 3.15pm on Wednesdays and 4.45pm on Mondays, with a wide range of after school activities and clubs on offer until 4.45pm. There is also a homework club, and an After School Care programme available until 5.45pm. For details of Pre- and After School Care, please view our Extra Curricular page.

Children in Year Seven are all involved in the senior production, which takes place in either the spring or summer terms. There is also the opportunity to work backstage or operate the stage lighting. Years Seven and Eight also perform in a concert that is written by the Director of Music for all pupils, who will have been taught to read music in their lessons.

Sport continues to feature strongly, with excellent results in fixtures against other similar schools.

A highlight for many is the school's extensive trip programme; the day trips support and enhance the classroom learning. They include visits to the Globe Theatre, the Science Museum, the National Theatre, the Victoria and Albert museum and the Big Pit in South Wales.

Residential trips make for an even more rewarding learning experience. They include an Adventure Week (optional), Northumbria (with Year 8), Normandy or Italy, as well as a five-day walking trip in the mountains of Snowdonia National Park.