It gives me great pleasure to commend to you this
featuring the lives and achievements
of our Old Dragons.
The School continues to thrive and since the last
issue has been filled with many successes great and
small. The Dragon received a full inspection from the
Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) on 11th-14th
November 2014, during which time 14 ISI inspectors
visited the School. We were delighted that the ISI
inspection recognised the Dragon Spirit, and identified
that the school was excellent in all areas - stating that
the quality of pupils’ achievements and learning was
“exceptional”. The inspectors also noted that our school
helps to create happy, independent, confident and
articulate children within an affectionate and nurturing
school community. It is uplifting to see our bursary
pupils flourish, learn and grow in our unique and
OD-wise there have been several very well attended
reunions, including our biennial JOD Day for our 12-18
year old ODs. It was wonderful to see all 200 JODs and
their parents return to the Dragon for this happy event
in March and encouraging to see that so many ODs
remain in contact with us.
Very sadly the year has not passed without major incident.
In July 2014 we received the tragic news that Felix Byam
Shaw (OD 2013) died whilst on holiday in France from
meningococcal septicaemia. Felix, aged 14, had been a pupil at
the Dragon for nine years, before earning a place at Eton and
passing Common Entrance with flying colours. Hard-working,
bright and organised, he was popular amongst staff and pupils
alike, and his positive, outgoing and inclusive personality
made him a natural choice for leadership roles in many teams
throughout his time at the school. He is missed by us all.
There are lots of alumni activities planned over the coming
year at the School, in particular the WW1 Commemoration
Exhibition in September, more of which you will read about
later in this magazine. We are always delighted to welcome you
back to the Dragon and warmly invite you to tell us about your
news, triumphs and OD get-togethers.
With every good wish