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:
From £4,116 at Pre-Prep, £7,256 at Prep and £10,562 at Prep Boarding

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

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.

Inside Scoop from a current parent

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

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

Useful Dates

Open days:
Prep & Pre-Prep Virtual Open Morning. Register https://www.dragonschool.org/admissions/open-mornings-visits/: 6th February 2021