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Dragon School

Dragon School
Address: Bardwell Road, Oxford OX2 6SS
Founded: 1877
Number of Pupils: 800
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. Main entry points are reception, year 3, and year 4. Places in other years may be available
Contact: Dr Kate Heath
Email:[email protected]
School Visits: Friday 2nd October (Pre-Prep) and Saturday 10th October (Virtual Open Morning). Individual tours and a meeting or videocall with the Headmaster are available by appointment.

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The Curriculum

Teachers aim to inspire, motivate, challenge and help children take ownership of their own learning. Class size is 16 in reception rising to a maximum of 21 in year 8 for certain subjects. There are six separate science labs, three large art and DT studios where children experiment with a range of materials and electronics.

Games & The Arts

The Dragon offers over 20 sporting activities for its boys and girls to enjoy including sculling, fencing, football, golf, cricket, equestrianism and judo. There is a busy calendar of fixtures against other schools and senior squads have the opportunity to go on overseas tours. Music and drama are real strengths, with alumni such as Emma Watson and Tom Hiddleston. There are annual plays and musical productions and over 800 individual music lessons per week and 60 music ensembles. 

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.

Recent Scholarships

2020 leavers: 55 pupils have been awarded academic or specialist scholarships to a wide range of leading schools including Eton, Winchester, Wycombe Abbey, Radley, Cheltenham Ladies College, St Edward’s Oxford, Harrow and Marlborough College. 

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.

New  Initiatives

The Dragon is launching ‘Dragon QUEST’ – an exciting programme of curriculum enrichment – to replace academic lessons on Saturday mornings. A timetable of activities will provide Dragons with a wide range of options, rotated in five-week blocks – choices include paddle boarding on the River Cherwell, film-making, culinary skills, mechanical maintenance, cultural visits to Oxford and even the psychology of sport. QUEST is optional for day pupils and weekly boarders and compulsory for full boarders, the programme will start with years 4 and 5, and be rolled out for all year groups by Sept 2021. From September 2020 there will be a weekly Sunday evening Dragon Bus from London to take weekly boarders back to school. Day and flexi boarding are increasingly popular with modern families and day pupils can spend regular or occasional nights enjoying life in a boarding house.

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