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Dragon School

Dragon School
Address: Bardwell Road, Oxford OX2 6SS
Founded: 1877
Number of Pupils: 832
Fees: Prep Boarding £10,562; Prep Day £7,256; Pre-Prep (Yr 3) £5,411; Pre-Prep (Yrs 1-2) £4,710; Pre-Prep (Reception) £4,116
Ages: 4 – 13
Head Teacher: Dr Crispin Hyde-Dunn
Religious Affiliation: Non-denominational
Entrance Procedure: Interview and age appropriate assessment. Entry points are Reception, Year 3, and Year 4 Boarding.
Contact: Dr Kate Heath
Email:[email protected]
School Visits: Virtual Open Morning  – 5 June 2020 (Pre-Prep); 19 September 2020 ( Prep day children). Private tours available by appointment.

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The Curriculum

Teaching is tailored to the needs of each pupil and their learning styles and motivations. Teachers aim to inspire, motivate and challenge and help children take ownership of their own learning.

Games & The Arts

The Dragon offers over 20 sports to both boys and girls including sculling, fencing, football, golf, cricket, equestrianism and judo. The Dragon supports children’s development, coordination, movement and performance through sport and exercise. Children observe, explore and learn through drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics in Art, and experiment with a range of materials and electronics in Design Technology.

Pastoral Care

The Dragon strives to create a happy, secure and stimulating learning environment in which all members of the School community can grow and develop as individuals. The Dragon follows a nurturing programme which enhances self- awareness, personal empowerment, self-esteem and empathy for all pupils. This whole-school approach extends beyond the classroom to all staff, children and parents.

Recent Scholarships

Abingdon, Bradfield, Clifton, Eton, Harrow, Headington, Magdalen College School, Marlborough, Millfield, Oxford High, Radley, Rugby, St Edward’s, Stowe, Tonbridge, Wellington and Winchester.

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

At the Dragon, new talents are uncovered and ambitions nurtured; friendships are forged and challenges embraced. Every child is valued and every achievement celebrated. A strong scaffold for academic excellence is provided by our wide-ranging curriculum and outstanding teaching, which together with our expansive provision of extra-curricular opportunities, equips our pupils for smooth transition to their senior schools and beyond. We promote our Dragon values of Kindness, Courage and Respect; we encourage a sense of service to others and a willingness to take responsibility; we teach children to nurture their own wellbeing and be mindful and respectful of the wellbeing of others.

Outstanding Characteristics

The 2014 ISI inspection rated the Dragon as outstanding and teaching and learning as ‘exceptional’. The School ethos promotes a warmly enthusiastic, genuinely respectful and a naturally unpretentious approach to learning. It fosters an intellectual curiosity, a strong sense of community and a keen pursuit of excellence in all its forms. 

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