HRH The Princess Royal Opens New Primary School Building

HRH The Princess Royal has officially opened The Dolphin School’s brand-new building in the heart of the city. As well as unveiling a commemorative plaque, the Princess toured the purpose-built, three-storey school where children proudly introduced her to several of their favourite areas, including the library and the roof-top garden.

In each classroom children were thrilled to show the Princess what they have been learning, all linked to the school’s curriculum, Curious-city.

Headteacher, Shelley Dixon said that the Royal visit was a wonderful opportunity to bring to life the new curriculum, which is enquiry-led and actively links learning to the rich heritage and cultural opportunities across Bristol and encourages children to be inquisitive and creative.

The Princess also enjoyed a performance from the school’s choir, made up of over 30 pupils from Year 2 to Year 5, who sang ‘Count On Me’.

Pupil, Rouin Shandiz, age 8, said: “I’ve never met a real-life Princess before. She was very friendly and asked lots of questions about our Gardening Club!”

Part of Venturers Trust, which is sponsored by the Society of Merchant Venturers (SMV) and the University of Bristol, the school has 330 pupils comprising over 40 different nationalities and 17 languages. When full in 2019 the school will have 420 pupils.

Charles Griffiths, Master of the Society of Merchant Venturers, was joined by other special guests including HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bristol, Peaches Golding OBE; The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Lesley Alexander; Local Councillor Mike Davies; Local Councillor Carole Johnson; as well as Assistant Chief Constable, Stephen Cullen; and the High Sheriff of Bristol and fellow member of SMV, Anthony Brown.