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H I S T O R Y O F H E A D M A S T E R S

H I S T O R Y O F H E A D M A S T E R S

In 1965, Keith ‘Inky’ Ingram joined the Dragon as

Headmaster. He continued to nurture the child-

centred ethos developed by the Lynam family. By

1989 pupil numbers had risen to 625. Inky worked

alongside Mike ‘Guv’ Gover, an Old Dragon, who

joined the staff in 1949. Guv was appointed joint

Headmaster in 1972.

Roger Trafford, with his wife Cheryl, arrived as

Headmaster in 1993. Roger believed:

“the pursuit of excellence without arrogance along with a

strong desire to learn from others.”

By purchasing an existing school building on

the Woodstock Road, Roger created Lynams

(now the Dragon Pre-Prep). Whilst retaining

the essential Dragon ethos, Roger continued

a process of improvement and change to

ensure the School’s long term future. All this

was achieved while maintaining the School’s

high standards and unique, unstuffy culture.

In 2002, John Baugh became Headmaster. John

with his wife, Wendy, shared the same enthusiasm

for Dragon values as his predecessors. Today, an

emphasis on social and emotional learning form

the bedrock of a culture, where kindness, mutual

respect, consideration and common sense prevail.

We are delighted to welcome Dr Crispin Hyde-

Dunn to follow in the footsteps of these inspiational

Headmasters.

Dr Crispin Hyde-Dunn, latterly Headmaster of

Abingdon Prep School, joined the Dragon in

September 2017 with a warm appreciation of the

importance of the legacy handed to him. Crispin

appreciates that he is inheriting the leadership of

an exceptional school and outlines how he will

build on the firm foundations laid down by his

predecessors.

Dr Crispin Hyde-Dunn joined the Dragon School

as Headmaster in September 2017. He joins from

Abingdon Preparatory School, where he has

been Headmaster since April 2011. Crispin read

History at St. Catherine’s College Oxford, before

completing a PGCE. He also holds an MA in

Education Leadership and Management and the

National Professional Qualification for Headship

(NPQH). He has recently been awarded a PhD

in Art History. Crispin previously taught at St.

Edmund’s College, Hertfordshire, Hall School

Wimbledon, St Edmund’s School, Surrey, New

College School, Oxford and King’s College

School, Cambridge, where he was Deputy Head

Academic.

The Dragon’s reputation as a school where every child can

find, explore and develop their talents has been well earned

over many generations. In getting to know some of the Dragon

community over the past 12 months, and experiencing their

energy, enthusiasm and warmth, I can truly appreciate the

enormous affection in which the Dragon is held by so many

families. The sense of philanthropy, kindness and service, that

is shared by Dragons young and old, is also testament to the

school’s ethos and core values. We have already been made to

feel most welcome and my wife Lucy and I are really looking

forward to joining the Dragon community.

I am in no doubt that I am inheriting the leadership of an

exceptional school. I have been fortunate during my career to

meet several Heads of the Dragon and I will be privileged to

be counted among their number. JohnBaugh’s striking portrait

is very aptly composed of the faces of all the pupils who have

passed through the Dragon during his distinguished tenure.

John’s portrait will soon take its place among those of previous

custodians of the Dragon, on the wall in Lynam’s Hall. I like

to think of them as keeping a kindly eye on proceedings and

reminding us all of the tremendous foundations upon which

the School is built.

I understand that the arrival of a new Head is commonly met

with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. History is one of

my great passions and I amparticularly mindful of all that is so

special about the history of the Dragon. However, now is also

a time to look forward, to think about and to shape the future

of this remarkable school. My first year will be one of listening,

learning, building relationships and gaining the trust of the

community in order to understand further the school’s needs.

The voices of staff, pupils, parents, Old Dragons, governors

and benefactors will all be heard and all will be important. We

will continue to strive for excellence and to take forward those

plans already in progress, such as the new Music School, to

the next stage in their development.

Above all, I believe that the happiness and wellbeing of pupils

and teachers is the key to excellent achievement, with every

individual feeling understood and valued. At the heart of my

headship will be my commitment to ensuring that the Dragon

continues to offer extraordinary opportunities in a supportive,

nurturing environment, in which a whole range of talents will

be discovered and potential fulfilled.

Mike ‘Guv’ Gover, joint Headmaster 1972-1989

Keith ‘Inky’ Ingram, Headmaster 1965-1989

Roger Trafford, Headmaster 1993-2002

John and Wendy Baugh, Headmaster 2002-2017

Dr Crispin Hyde-Dunn, Headmaster 2017

Dr Crispin Hyde-Dunn and wife Lucy

John Baugh, Headmaster 2002-2017

Roger and Cheryl Trafford