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D R A G O N S T O D AY S P R I N G 2 0 1 7

N E W PA R E N T E X P E R I E N C E

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Ryo, from Japan, is an entrepreneur and information

technologist while Sandrine, an art history researcher, is

from France. They came to London four years ago for their

work opportunities across the EU.

Once the family was offered a place for Alice, they found the

transition was very smooth.

“The School and the community

organised a number of induction activities and by the first

day we all felt less nervous, more comfortable and ready to

soak up the experience,”

said Ryo.

As we got to know the Dragon and its ethos, it

became clear why parents have sung and continue

to sing, its praises.

Eric says the admissions process for the Mitchell-Siebert

family was straightforward and efficient:

“The expectations

of the school were clear and we felt there was a high degree

of transparency and directness in communications.”

Sarah agrees,

“Happily, since joining the School, we have

discovered that our initial instincts were right; the School

operates in a way that is entirely consistent with the values

we encountered during the admissions process.”

Sarah and Eric enjoyed the May open morning and realise

now, as members of the School community, that it was very

much a reflection of everyday life at the Dragon.

“What you

see is what you get,”

they say.

For Nelly and Joel Hope-Bell from Hampshire, the attraction

of the Dragon began even before they had children as they

had heard other parents praise the school.

“Like many

parents, we did not know how our children would develop

and which school would be right for them or for our family.

As we got to know the Dragon and its ethos, it became clear

why parents have sung and continue to sing, its praises. Its

dynamism and strong culture stands out from all the others

we have experienced,”

says Nelly.

The School and the community organised a

number of induction activities and, by the first

day, we all felt less nervous, more comfortable

and ready to soak up on the experience”

Richard and Sophie Boyd have two boys at the Dragon, Alfie

(Year 6) and Monty (Year 4). Richard was brought up near

Oxford and had school friends and a cousin who attended

the Dragon. He had always heard good things about the

School and admired the relaxed, but enthusiastic and

positive attitude of its former Dragons.

Ryo and Sandrine celebrate Alice’s birthday in Reception

Eric, Sarah and Gavin at the Santa Run in Oxford