Support Us

Philanthropy is a long-standing and valued tradition at the Dragon.

Support Us

Ways of Giving

If you have any queries regarding how to make a donation, please email Hattie Partington-Smyth at [email protected] or telephone +44 (0)1865 315 537

Transformational Bursary Programme

A bursary allows a child to discover their passions, achieve their potential and reach for the sun, whether they are from a background of privilege or not. 

The Dragon launched its Transformational Bursary Programme over 20 years ago to coincide with its 125th anniversary. The first four children funded by the scheme joined in 2003 and, since then, over 100 pupils have benefitted from a life-changing Dragon education. 

The Dragon funds up to five bursary places in each year group, with 25 children in total across the Prep school at any one time. Applying families must first submit a financial questionnaire, which is then approved through independent, external review. Once financial need is established, candidates are assessed for admission like any other Dragon. Many factors are considered and, ultimately, we accept children who can both positively contribute to and gain from the School, whether academically, in sport, the arts or through their disposition and personality. 

A bursary to study at the Dragon acts as a springboard to further opportunities, and many of our bursary holders go on to achieve scholarships and means-tested support from their future schools. Students who receive bursaries come from a wide range of backgrounds and have many talents, representing the diverse community and unique character found here at the Dragon. 

In these testimonials, current and former bursary pupils and their families share stories of their Dragon days, and why bursaries are truly transformational.

If you’re able and inclined to contribute to our Transformational Bursary Programme to support the next generation of Dragons, please contact Hattie Partington-Smyth, Senior Development Officer on +44 (0)1865 315417.

(Re)Discover the Dragon

Diary Dates

From regular reunions to Dragon Drinks, Remembrance Sunday to the Dragon Sale, there are lots of opportunities to come back to Bardwell Road.


Keep Connected

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Development Team

The Development Office exists to help our community stay connected to the School beyond their Dragon Days.

Meet the Team