Dragon School

About the School

Head Teacher: Dr Crispin Hyde-Dunn
Gender: Co-ed
Type: Pre-Prep, Prep
Ages: 4-13yrs
Day/Boarding: Full, Weekly, Day Boarding and Flexi Boarding
Number of Pupils: 810
Fees per term:
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
Religious Affiliation: Non-denominational
Entrance Procedure:
Children at the Dragon are recognised as individuals: each discovers how to learn, as well as what to learn, through an ethos of mutual respect and celebration of achievement.
Accordingly, the assessment process aims to identify a child’s potential – not simply their current attainment – and to assess whether they will benefit from the education provided, so no preparation is needed.
Main entry points at the Pre-Prep are Reception and Year 3. Day and boarding pupils for the Prep join us between Year 4 and Year 7.
For Reception, we encourage early Registration as places are allocated by way of a list.

For all other Year groups, we look at literacy and numeracy and ask the children to engage in some group work. We may invite your child back to spend some additional time with us during a normal school day at the Dragon, if it is felt a real-life experience would be helpful, we also request a confidential report.
Our assessments happen during the academic year preceding entry.
School Visits: We are always delighted to welcome future Dragon families to our School. We would encourage you to attend an Open Morning or book for an individual family visit; these can be arranged during term time on weekdays and Saturdays. Tours provide an excellent opportunity to ask more in-depth questions about a Dragon Education.
Appointments should be made with our Admissions team on 01865 315 405.

Useful Dates

Open days:
Day Children Open Morning: 25th April 2020
Boarding Open Morning: 16th May 2020
Pre-Prep Open Morning: 5th June 2020
Day Children Open Morning: 19th September 2020
Boarding Open Morning: 17th October 2020
Pre-Prep Open Morning: 13th November 2020

Contact Details

Address: Bardwell Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 6SS
Telephone: 01865 315405
Email: admissions@dragonschool.org
Website: www.dragonschool.org

School Highlights

The Dragon is a co-educational school which has offered a unique educational experience to generations of pupils. Our distinctive approach encourages enquiry, confidence and enthusiasm in a quintessentially English boarding environment. Our beautiful campus and dedicated Pre-Prep are located just north of central Oxford – the oldest University city in the land.
The breadth of intellectual and philosophical challenge underpins an expansive academic curriculum, a wonderful programme of sport and an extraordinarily creative programme of music, drama and art. A range of superb facilities, first-class teaching and plenty of space for both sport and play allows children to develop their unique gifts and talents.
The traditional view of boarding has changed immeasurably in the past few decades and we pride ourselves on providing a safe and happy environment in which to learn. With an informality that builds trust and allows children to develop a sense of responsibility and respect for others, pupils are helped to become well-rounded, confident, independent and motivated – all the attributes they will need to become socially adept and emotionally intelligent adults.
Dragons go onto a vast range of senior schools, notably Eton, Winchester, Radley, Cheltenham Ladies College, Magdalen College Oxford, Abingdon, Wycombe Abbey, St Edward’s Oxford, Rugby, Harrow, Marlborough, Wellington, Oundle and many more. Preparatory years at the Dragon lay the firm foundations of a successful education at senior schools in the UK and beyond.

Head's Up

Our pupils are articulate, happy and engaged. They become life-long learners, team players, leaders and innovators. True to our school’s foundation, girls and boys are encouraged to think creatively, to explore the world around them and to strive for excellence in all its forms. Philanthropy, kindness and service reflects our core ethos.

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A Parent's Perspective

My husband and I chose the Dragon as we are both products of the school! We have such happy memories of our time there and wanted our two children to have the same opportunities. The size of the school allows it to offer excellent teaching, sport, art, music as well as many varied extra-curricular activities. The children benefit from Old Dragons in countless fields to aspire. There are extensive local and foreign trips offered to the children, including exchanges with international schools. The Dragon has both excellent ‘green’ and ‘philanthropic’ credentials, working hard towards reducing waste and instilling in the children positive ecological and giving ideals. The school provides both day, flexi and full boarding options, which gives the opportunity for proper preparation for the move up to boarding Public Schools. We have found the pastoral care in the boarding houses fantastic and weekend activities are always popular (sometimes too popular as our daughter sometimes prefers to stay at school!). The school is ever changing and developing as it looks to meet the demands of the 21st century child, however the core values of common sense, kindness and individual responsibility shine through from our time at the school.

As Parents, We Love...

  • Excellent teaching
  • Fantastic pastoral care
  • A happy and confident child

Our Children Love...

  • Co-curricular opportunities
  • The trips
  • The ICT room