Eminent Dragons

Among the Dragon's old pupils can be found a large number of highly successful men and women. A growing list of 'Notable Old Dragons' appears on the entry about the School on the Wikipedia website as well as Wikipedia's broader category 'People Educated at The Dragon School'.  The following is a sample of names.


John Betjeman, Nicholas Shakespeare, Nevil Shute, Naomi Mitchison, Antonia Fraser, John Mortimer, Poppy Adams, Alain de Botton, William Fiennes, Pico Iyer, Reg Gadney, Paul Watkins, Simon and Christopher Tokein


Christopher Booker, Peter Jay, David and Stephen Jessel, Humphrey Carpenter, Chris Lowe, David Shukman, Rageh Omaar, Geoffrey Owen


Hugh Gaitskell, Patrick Jenkin, Baroness Young, Timothy Raison, Lancelot Mallalieu, Per Mallalieu, Rory Stewart, Julian Brazier


Peter Tranchell, Roger Norrington, Hal Cazalet, Nick Lloyd Webber, Ed O'Brien, Richard Fenn

Maths,Science, Technology and Medical:

Sir Tim Hunt, Henry Marsh, JBS Haldane, Sir John Kendrew, Stephen Oppenheimer, Conrad and Stephen Wolfram, Shaun Wylie, Lord Hunt, Douglas Gairdner


Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston, Emma Watson, Tom Ward, Tom Hollander, Dom Joly, Jack Whitehall, Oliver Milburn, Emma Hiddleston, Paul (Ghiv) Chahidi, Mark Quartley, Rob Callender, Sebastian Croft, Ben Lamb, Christopher Cazenove, Jack Davenport, Hugh Dancy


Cyril Gadney, Bernard Gadney and Ronnie Poulton-Palmer in rugby, the Clay brothers, and more recently Frances Houghton and Anastasia Chitty in rowing, Tim Henman in tennis, Hatti Archer in running, Tom Ward in fencing and a host of Internationals and Blues in many sports

Service Men and Public Servants:

Leonard Cheshire VC, The Rt Hon Lord Christopher Geidt, Lord Armstrong of Illminster, Col. Harry Holt OBE DSO, John Smyth VC , Jack Randle VC, William Leefe Robinson VC, Commissioner Cressida Rose Dick, CBE, QPM, Marshal of the Air Force John Slessor, Admiral Sir Hugo White, Air Chief Sir Donald Hardman KCB, Lt. Col. Charles Walker DSO

Looking Back

Before the hymn the Skipper would announce
The latest names of those who'd lost their lives
For King and Country and the Dragon School.
Sometimes his gruff old voice was full of tears
When a particular favourite had been killed.
Then we would hear the nickname of the boy,
'Pongo' or 'Podge', and how he'd played 3Q
For Oxford and, if only he had lived,
He might have played for England - which he did
But in a grimmer game against the Hun.
And then we'd all look solemn, knowing well
there'd be no extra holiday today.

John Betjeman OD