Dolphin School Ltd is the proprietor and responsible for the governance of the School. The Chair of Directors is Saul Follett.
Saul Follett is the eldest child of the school’s founder and was a pupil at the school. As such, he has an intimate knowledge of how the school operates, its ethos and its history. He can be contacted via the school. Saul Follett is responsible for overseeing the appointment of the Advisory Board, in conjunction with his fellow Directors, and ensuring the smooth running of the school. The collective expertise, knowledge and wisdom of the Advisory Board is a source of great inspiration for the management of the school, which is delegated to the Headmaster, who in turn is well supported by his Senior Leadership Team (SLT). The Advisory Board meets once a term when the Head and Bursar submit their reports.
The Advisory Board is responsible for overseeing the well-being of the school. It looks at all aspects of school life and is responsible for the appointment of the Head.
Dolphin’s Advisors come from a variety of backgrounds, including business and education, several of whom are former pupils or parents at the school. All are deeply committed to the school’s continuing success and maintain regular contact with staff, pupils and the parent community.
Board of Advisors
I graduated from the London Hospital Medical College (now the Royal London) in 1970 and I spent a year in Australia as a second year intern before returning to the UK to train in anaesthesia and intensive care. I was appointed as a Consultant anaesthetist to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in 1979 where I continued to work for over 30 years. During this time I became the clinical director of anaesthesia and ITU and the Executive Medical Director of the trust. I led the massive change in medical practice from elective to emergency care. I am now fully retired both as a clinician and medical manager. I am also the mother of two Old Delphinians; one still wears her faded T-shirt, and both have very happy memories of their Dolphin years and especially of their field trips. My husband has equally fond memories both of driving the school minibus to Northumberland and writing and producing a school play. As grandmother of a potential new Delphinian, maintaining the original ethos of the school while recognising modern changes in education are as important now as ever.
I love Dolphin because:
“It was simply the best for my children 30 years ago, and it’s even better now, ready for my grandchildren.”
“In my retirement I have become a keen golfer.”
I was educated at Steyning Grammar School from where I went on to Southampton University to read History. After graduation I trained as a teacher, a profession I pursued until I retired in 2016. During my career I taught in four schools, all different, but all very successful and sought after. I was deputy Head at Reading Blue Coat School for 11 years (1993 - 2005) where I came across many Dolphin boys and their parents, completing my career as a Headmaster of an all age, co-educational day/boarding school in Portsmouth.
I am married with one son (also a History teacher), three stepchildren (a G.P., a research Biologist and a full time Mum), three grandchildren and a very lively border collie. My wife is a qualified and practising psychotherapist. Now retired, I volunteer for Citizens Advice, am a Trustee of a Multi Academy Trust as well as doing some educational consultancy work.
I am an enthusiastic sportsman, having played a wide variety of sports over the years, though these days more a spectator than a player. My leisure time is spent walking, gardening and and reading. I am also a member of Sherborne Chamber Choir.
I love Dolphin because
"of the interesting, questioning and enthusiastic children it produces. As the mission statement says, education is about inspiring children to discover their own unique strengths and talents and by learning through experience. The trip programme is undoubtedly a major factor in achieving this; it is imaginative, inspiring and impressive."
"I am, for my sins, a Reading FC season ticket holder and have been so, with my son, for over 20 years. We are still smiling.....mostly."
Jonathan de Mounteney
Following a Fine Art and Philosphy degree (Bath 1990), I made my way to the bar, via teaching English as a foreign language, a law conversion course and bar finals, qualifying in 1994. Since then I have worked as a barrister in chambers and in the entertainment industry. I am currently a sole practitioner, specializing in intellectual property, entertainment and media law. Throughout my career, I have also continued to work as an artist, producing oil paintings and sculpture on commission and for sale.
I love Dolphin because:
"It is a place where learning is fired by interest."
"I have been typecast as the dame in the Hurst Village Pantomine."
I have been involved in Preparatory school education for almost 37 years, firstly as a teacher and for the last 22 years of my full-time role, as a Headteacher. I semi-retired in 2018 and currently teach History, PE and Games.
I also mentor newly-appointed Headteachers for the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools and mentor young people through a local charity.
The beauty of the independent sector is that all schools are unique and have their own special character. I am looking forward to supporting Dolphin School in its plans for the future and getting to know the children, staff and parents.
"I have always enjoyed sport and in my youth representing England at rowing. I like to keep fit by going to the gym, cycling, walking and playing golf."