Welcome to the Dragon Pre-Prep (4-7)
The Dragon Pre-Prep, tucked away on Richards Lane, just north of Summertown, Oxford, is full of children, creatively immersed in their learning, making firm friendships and enjoying being carefree and happy. Our education philosophy lays firm foundations which are built upon as children move up through the School. We encourage the children to discover their interests and develop their personalities while they steadily learn to take control of their own learning. We, and our children’s parents, witness them becoming confident and increasingly independent at their own pace.
The Dragon values of kindness, courage and respect are at the core of everything we do and all relationships are encouraged to be positive. We foster creativity and curiosity, and encourage children to develop a wide range of skills, rather than focusing on a narrow body of knowledge. Emotional intelligence is nurtured alongside learning, equipping the children to deal with the ever-changing world in which they will grow up and work.
At the end of Year 3, children move to Year 4 at Bardwell Road where their distinctive Dragon education continues.
Meet the Head of Pre-Prep
I joined the Dragon in 2005 as Head of Year 4. In this role I was responsible for guiding the new joiners to the Dragon Prep, both from the Dragon Pre-Prep and a variety of other schools, looking after their academic and pastoral needs. I then moved to the Pre-Prep in 2012 as Head. During my time at the School, I have helped to run one of the senior boarding houses with my husband, who as a member of staff, is familiar with a child’s life at the Dragon, from their starting point at the age of 4 until they leave at 13.
Do come and see our youngest Dragons in action, chat to our staff and children. We believe that when you do, you will understand what it is that makes the Dragon so special and, perhaps, as many parents comment, wish you were back at school yourself. Annie McNeile, Headmistress, Dragon Pre-Prep