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Our Sponsors

The work of The Dolphin School is made possible through the outstanding support and expertise provide by our sponsors, the Society of Merchant Venturers and the University of Bristol and is brought to life by a team of excellent teachers and leaders. The sponsors are the key to success of The Dolphin School and are what makes our school unique, both locally and nationally. They are an essential part of our school vision, able to give our pupils exceptional chances, experiences and opportunities unavailable elsewhere.


Merchant Venturers Logo White on GoldThe Society of Merchant Venturers (SMV) is a philanthropic organisation whose increasingly diverse membership works with and supports people and communities from the wider Bristol
area through education, care for older people, charitable giving and social enterprise. In education, SMV’s simple but highly ambitious vision is to transform the life-chances of students from the richly diverse set of schools within Venturers Trust, both during their educational journey and beyond.

The Society’s expertise in education spans more than four centuries and today, the commitment is practical as well as financial, with many of its members taking active roles in the governance of Venturers Trust and the wide range of schools within the Trust.

SMV firmly believes there is nothing more important to the health of our communities than outstanding education and training in life skills for young people.

To learn more about the Society’s most recent activities, please read their Annual Review.


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The University of Bristol ranks as one of the top 10 universities in the UK. It is actively involved in the Governance of our schools and in the development of the curriculum and allows our students and staff to access its excellent facilities.

The university also offers support in other areas such as student mentoring, subject expertise, higher degree and research opportunities for staff at Venturers Trust and an innovative, exciting and inclusive programme for students as part of the university’s commitment to widening participation and access to higher education.

The university provides extensive support and opportunities for our Sixth Forms including scholarships, preferential offers of grades to gain a place, with the additional possibility of bursaries to support undergraduate degree studies.




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  • Year 5 have spent the week exploring, planning, writing, editing and publishing their magical poems inspired by 'The Magic Box' by Kit Wright. Read more January 14th
  • Our Dolphin cyclists heading out into the fog to learn cycling skills at bikeability. They loved it and such an important life skill. Read more January 13th
  • Michele Curtis () look at the great collage the children did of a Black Victorian lady from your drawing. They used African materials donated by families in the school. All part of our enquiry on the Black Victorians. Read more January 13th
  • Our Year 6 children had a fantastic time learning key life skills. They really enjoyed making and responding to the 999 call! Read more January 12th
  • RECEPTION PLACES FOR SEPTEMBER 2022 It has been great to meet prospective parents recently for our next Reception class. Please apply by 15 January 2022 and you can do this here: Read more Please speak to us if you would like support with this. Read more January 11th