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The Dragon School, Oxford, is one school on two sites: the Dragon Prep (for 8-13 year olds) is situated in Bardwell Road; the Dragon Pre-Prep (for 4-7 year olds) is just off the Woodstock Road in Summertown.

The Dragon is one of the best known schools in the country and numbers amongst its former pupils a very wide range of successful men and women. Its roots lie in progressive educational theory of the late nineteenth century. Founded as the Oxford Preparatory School in 1877 the school was started by a group of Oxford University dons for their own children. Run for many years by the Lynam family, the Dragon reflected their unconventional approach to education which was based on the belief that children should enjoy school and understand the world around them.

The School today reflects its radical roots and has an ethos that hinges on a dynamic balance of relaxed unpretentiousness and academic discipline which has been described as ‘robust informality and relaxed rigour’. Children’s needs are at the heart of the Dragon and pastoral care is paramount; discipline relies on common sense, kindness and individual responsibility. The joy of learning and the fun of childhood exploration are shared throughout a warm school community where every child is encouraged to try everything and do his or her best.

Pupils' moral awareness is very well developed. Whilst they readily observe the very few rules required for the school to function as a community, they display notable levels of self-discipline and common sense. Those of all ages state the importance of being kind as a key moral principle.

ISI Integrated Inspection, November 2014

Boys and girls leave the Dragon, usually at thirteen, to join the finest independent senior schools – a great many with scholarships and awards across the range of academic, cultural and sporting achievement. Former pupils maintain Dragon friendships into adult life and retain a strong affection for the school returning with pleasure for school occasions.

For the past fifty years the Dragon has been a charitable trust dedicated to providing all that is best in education for boarding and day children up to the age of 13. The school is administered by a governing body.

Please browse our web pages to learn more about our vibrant Dragon community and request a prospectus for further information.

“The absence of rigid regimentation at the Dragon, being treated as mature beyond my years and being trusted early with significant tasks taught me self-sufficiency and the need to take responsibility for my own future from a young age. It also imbued me with tolerance and a liberal, open view of the world. I learned to appreciate the historic context into which my generation was born giving me the strong self-confidence to believe I had been prepared to achieve anything I wished in life.” Peter Bourne, physician, anthropologist, biographer, author and international civil servant (OD 1953)