The Dolphin School notches up another Good Ofsted rating

March 26 2018

The Dolphin School in Bristol has retained its Ofsted rating of Good, a clean sweep across every category.

The Dolphin School in Bristol has retained its Ofsted rating of Good, a clean sweep across every category. 

Head Teacher, Shelley Dixon, who took over the school’s leadership in January of last year, has introduced a number of initiatives that Ofsted found particularly impressive. For example, Curious-city, the new enquiry-based curriculum which uses Bristol as a foundation for learning was described by the inspector as “an emerging strength that stimulates pupils’ interest in their locality and the wider world. As a result, pupils become keen learners and make good progress.” 

The inspector specifically commented on the strong leadership provided by Miss Dixon, alongside an equally strong team of senior leaders. It was reported that “together, they are securing significant improvements to the quality of education provided by the school.” 

This is encouraging news for a school that has experienced a busy year of change. Moving into new premises and joining a new multi academy trust, all within the last 12 months, has presented its fair share of challenges, but the school has embraced every opportunity to develop and improve. 

Ofsted agreed, stating that: “Pupils make good progress as a result of good teaching, including in the early years,” and that “teachers’ strong subject knowledge and effective planning ensure that pupils make progress across a range of subjects, including English and Mathematics.” The inspector also commended the school’s strength in effectively supporting pupils who have special educational needs.