Junior Boarding Houses
The houses for younger boarders at the Dragon are a particular feature of the school. Children coming to board in the junior years will spend up to six terms living in one of these typical North Oxford family houses close to the main school buildings. Each house is home not only to the Dragon children but also to the houseparents, who usually have children of their own. A gap-year matron and team of non-resident staff ensure the smooth running of the house and provide further warm, friendly support to the children.
There is one junior girls' and two junior boys' houses. Each, with its 18 to 20 children, becomes very much a home to the younger boarders; the house is their main base at school and they return throughout the day. Mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks happen in the houses and day children frequently join boarder friends for break time.
Bedrooms are cosy rooms shared with a small group of friends. Duvet covers, toys, photos and posters all contribute to the personal, 'home from home' atmosphere. Each house has space for play, quiet relaxation and for sharing TV and DVD viewing.
Senior Boarding Houses
At the Dragon, we have different houses for different age-groups. Boys and girls move to new houses for Year 6 before joining a senior house for Years 7 and 8. This system has numerous practical advantages as it enables the school to provide appropriate surroundings and levels of independence to each age group. It also means that by their final two years, Dragon boarders are all in larger houses to give them an excellent preparation for life at the senior schools.
Keeping in touch
Children who board at the Dragon are in frequent and easy touch with their families at home. With email, phone and traditional letters they maintain regular communication - though as they are busy and having fun they sometimes have to be prompted! The houseparents, who are the main link between school and home, are in regular contact with the children throughout the day. Especially sensitive to the needs of younger and first-time boarders, houseparents are also in frequent contact with boarders' parents.