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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

When the Boyd family moved out of London in 2015 with

their three children, they knew it was going to be difficult to

find spaces for all of them at the same school.

“When spaces

for the boys eventually became available, the process moved

remarkably swiftly and efficiently,”

says Sophie,

“and the

boys were assessed and places offered within weeks.”

For Eric and Sarah, the Dragon radiates a positive energy

which infuses all that happens on campus:

“All staff share

a clear mission to promote a positive learning environment

and Gavin experiences the outputs daily: teachers are

motivated, happy and have a passion for their subjects.

Members of staff know him and take an interest in his

learning and well-being; the School is a bright and inspiring

place, and children’s struggles or concerns are addressed

directly and with a kind, ‘let-us-help’ approach. Children

are truly at the centre of this model.”

This belief is echoed by Joel Hope-Bell:

“Everyone with

whom we have come into contact lives and breathes the

Dragon like no other school we have experienced. It is on

the cutting edge of educating and developing children, and

takes the culture of the School and the well-being of the

children incredibly seriously.”

Despite his young age, Ewan, their son, has adjusted well to

boarding life. Nelly admits he does get tired from the busy

nature of life as a boarder, but adds,

“We know that someone

- whether it be one of his Houseparents, Formtaker or other

member of staff - is always looking out for him. We also

know that, if there is anything at all we need to be made

aware of, his Houseparents will not hesitate to let

us know.”

All staff share a clear mission to promote a positive

learning environment and Gavin experiences the

outputs daily: teachers are motivated, happy and

have a passion for their subjects...

Richard and Sophie say their boys have enjoyed the change

to a bigger school:

“They enjoy having specialist teachers

for certain subjects and the facilities and opportunities the

Dragon offers are outstanding.”

For Alice Katsuki-Lacorie, settling into Reception at the

Dragon was a breeze. North Oxford was already familiar

territory for her as she attended a nearby nursery.

“We would

often walk on Richards Lane and Bardwell Road to see

the School grounds. When we did, she saw children really

enjoying themselves, and Alice would spread her wings,

roar and breathe fire. She was a Dragon already,”

says Ryo.

It is on the cutting edge of educating and

developing children, and takes the culture of

the School and the well-being of the children

incredibly seriously.

We thank the families for their contributions, and for

sharing their personal experiences of the Dragon School.

The Boyd family enjoying the English Coastal line

Ewan with his 3 sisters looking ‘picture perfect’