Dragon School

| Day & Boarding | 4-13yrs

Type: Pre-Prep, Prep
Entrance Procedure:
The assessment process aims to identify a child’s potential, not simply their current attainment, so no preparation is needed. Main entry points 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. All other Year groups, we look at literacy, numeracy and some group work. Your child may be invited to spend some time with us during a normal school day, if it is felt a real-life experience would be helpful.
Fees per term:
* Boarders: £10,931 per term
* Day Pupils: £7,473 per term
* Pre-Prep Year 3: £5,573 per term
* Pre-Prep Year 2 & 1: £4,851 per term
* Pre-Prep Reception: £4,239 per term

School Visits: Parents are invited to register for Dragon School Open Mornings or to arrange a virtual meeting with our Registrar or a senior member of staff. These can be arranged on our Admissions page on our website.

Head's Up

It is important to harness the vitality, imagination and natural curiosity of young people to develop the mindset of ‘why not?’. If this culture of questioning is embedded at an early age it will encourage an enthusiasm to lead a lifetime of learning. Ardus ad solum ‘reach for the sun’ is the School’s motto and is as relevant today as it was when the school was founded. We want all of our children to become resilient and ambitious, ready to take on the challenges of being a global citizen of the 21st Century. The Dragon has a well-earned reputation of providing a community which will nurture these characteristics with the values of kindness, courage and respect underpinning all that we do.

Inside Scoop from a current parent

The children have genuinely thrived at the Dragon. It is what I would call a 'real' prep school - it has offered them so many opportunities. You want the children to have fun at school but you also want them to learn and be challenged as well. The School achieves that balance and I think it is largely down to the teaching staff, who have a huge amount of energy and expertise to pass on. It seems to cater very well for both girls and boys but also all levels of academic ability and types of interest.

It's a big school and there are things going on all the time. This makes it exciting for the children but I like the fact that class sizes are small for lessons - the best of both worlds. There is a strong emphasis on philanthropy and charity and the children are encouraged to participate in activities to help raise money. The Dragon Sale at Christmas is a wonderful event - everyone gets involved. I am always struck by the number of stories of current and former pupils completing challenges to raise money both in and out of school.

I would say the children have both grown in confidence since being at the Dragon. When we moved out of London, one of our main concerns was leaving behind all our friends. The boys have formed firm friendships, as have we. They have never needed persuading to take part in any sports but the Dragon has definitely encouraged them to have a go at lots of other things they would not necessarily have thought they were going to enjoy; from art and drama to cooking and music. My older son boards a couple of nights a week whcih is a great way for him to get used to boarding before he goes to senior school - he raves about the atmosphere in the House and has made even more friends as a result.

As Parents, We Love...

  • The space! Even in the middle of North Oxford, there is so much space at the school. It really is a paradise for the children.
  • So much to do and try. You can take part in drama productions, orchestras, choirs, clubs. The number of sports fixtures the Dragon arranges is brilliant. Everyone is encouraged to have a go!
  • Dragon Quest on a Saturday morning. The children are loving the chance to try new things with their friends. We are particularly glad our son chose bicycle maintenance last term as he can now mend any punctures we get on our bikes!

Our Children Love...

  • The teachers. They seem to have exactly the right balance between making learning fun and exciting but also keeping discipline and challenging the pupils. They really get to know what makes each child tick.
  • The boarding houses. If you are worried about your child getting homesick, don't be! The Houseparents are very welcoming and look after them so well. The children seem to have a lot of fun.
  • Battle of the Bands! A truly wonderful competition where the children get to perform in bands live in front of an audience. Great to see the confidence and energy on display!

School Highlights

The Dragon is a co-educational school which has offered a unique educational experience to pupils since 1877. Our distinctive approach encourages enquiry, confidence and enthusiasm in a quintessentially English boarding environment.

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 boarding experience 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.

We have just launched Dragon QUEST on Saturday Mornings, currently open to Year 4 and 5 and will extend to the whole Prep School from September 2021. From farm visits and yoga, to film making and animation, first aid and debating through to astronomy, orienteering and cultural exploration in Oxford, Dragon QUEST provides our children with the opportunity to discover talents, develop new skills and dare to embrace new challenges.

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.

Contact Us

Bardwell Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 6SS
01865 315405

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