Meet Annie McNeile, Head of Pre-Prep

I joined the Dragon in 2005 as Head of Year 4. In this role I was responsible for guiding our new Dragons throughout their first year at the Prep school; ensuring each child was appropriately settled and supported. Our Year 4 intake is mainly made up of young Dragons transitioning from our Pre-Prep site, however each year there will be children joining from other schools therefore, this is a vital role within the school. Many of our Dragons will begin their boarding journey during this year, so whilst it is incredibly exciting, there is a great deal of focus on academic and pastoral support. Having also supported my Husband in one of the senior boarding houses for some years, I have a very well rounded Dragon experience. I hold a deep understanding of how a child’s life at the Dragon progresses, from their starting point at the age of 4 until they leave us at 13.

I took up the Headship at the Pre-Prep in 2012 and it has been through some exciting changes during my time. I truly believe in equipping our youngest Dragons with the tools to move forward in their education. They are encouraged to be active and curious learners who are willing to have a go and risk making mistakes realising that this is a key part of making progress. Highly skilled staff are recruited and retained and a real feeling of partnership is nurtured throughout the Pre-Prep community. Children feel safe and listened to and enjoy both the academic and social aspects of school life.

It would be my pleasure to welcome you to our vibrant and playful Pre-Prep to see our youngest Dragons in action, chat to our staff and listen to our children. We believe that when you do, you will understand what it is that makes the Dragon School so special and, perhaps, as many parents comment, wish you were back at school yourself.
Annie McNeile, Head of Dragon Pre-Prep