Part of the continued magic of the Dragon is to be extraordinary in an ordinary way.
One hundred and forty years ago, Skipper Lynam (1887 to 1921), the Dragon’s legendary
second Headmaster, believed children “of professional men of moderate means” should
benefit from the Dragon’s radical and progressive education.
My own parents were of “moderate means”. Without others’ sacrifice and generosity, I
would not have had the excellent education I received, nor had the privilege of helping
to shape children’s lives as Headmaster of the Dragon. As I prepare to move on from
the Dragon in 2017, I will look back on our Bursary Programme as one of the most
worthwhile initiatives I have been involved with.
Building on that vision, the Dragon’s transformational bursary programme was launched
in 2002. To date, 60 children have received bursarial support; 38 have been educated all
the way through the School.
Almost all bursary pupils who have left the Dragon have moved on to leading
independent schools with a full bursary. Seven pupils have been awarded a scholarship
or an award. Our first bursary pupils are now moving on to university, with two
Oxbridge undergraduates among them.
Help us inspire a new generation of Dragon bursary pupils to fulfil their potential and
help the Dragon retain its unique, unstuffy and inspirational culture by including the
bursary programme in your giving plans.
The A Block Leavers’ Campaign
Transforming the lives of children
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“Bursary pupils help to maintain the diverse
character of the Dragon. Their enthusiasm,
strong motivation and many gifts have a
significant difference on the whole school
Mary Taylor, Deputy Head,
Social & Emotional Learning