The Dragon is proud to be a truly independent Prep School and our A Block (Year 8) leavers progress to more than thirty destination schools with many of them gaining academic or specialist awards at an impressive list of senior schools.

Our Future Schools’ department takes a child-focused, collaborative approach to placing young Dragons into their chosen senior schools and we have strong, long-established relationships with a wide selection of schools nationwide. The Deputies work closely with the Future Schools team and the Head to advise families on suitable schools where their child would thrive and enjoy success.

The journey begins in Year 4 where the pupils benefit from Reasoning lessons which continue as part of their timetable until the end of Year 6. As the children move through the School, preparation sessions are run in advance of the ISEB Common Pre-Test and other school-specific pre-tests. To prepare for interviews, an external company run an advisory session for all Year 6 children. This is followed up by further practice with Tutors and other senior members of staff prior to any interview at a senior school.

It is our main focus to ensure that the child will be comfortable with the environment and academic demands of their senior school.
Therese Luke, Head of Pre-Test Preparation and Reasoning

Scholarships and Exhibitions to Senior Schools

We are delighted that a tremendous 61 awards have been gained by our 2022 leavers:

Academic
Eton CollegeWycombe AbbeyWellington College
Harrow SchoolMagdalen College SchoolSevenoaks School
Fettes CollegeOxford High SchoolMarlborough College
St. Edward's SchoolCheltenham CollegeHeadington School
Radley CollegeThe School of St. Helen & St. Katharine
All-Rounder
Oundle School
Art and Design
Marlborough CollegeAbingdon SchoolCharterhouse School
St. Edward's SchoolOxford High SchoolThe School of St. Helen & St. Katharine
Drama
Our Lady's Abingdon SchoolSt Edward's School
Music
Radley CollegeHarrow SchoolSt Edward’s School
Tonbridge SchoolWellington CollegeAbingdon School
Magdalen College School
Sports
Repton SchoolHarrow SchoolOundle School
The Cheltenham Ladies' CollegeSt. Edward's SchoolHeadington School
Throughout our son’s time at the Dragon, he has enjoyed school immensely and benefited from the wide variety of experiences and opportunities available. We are very grateful to the teachers who have supported and inspired him.
Year 8 Parent

Top Destination Schools

This table shows the most popoular destinations over the past few years but individual Dragons also go on to many other schools reflecting our bespoke approach and emphasising our independence. Other recent destinations have been Gordonstoun, Fettes, Brighton College, Sevenoaks, Bloxham and Downe House.

 2022202120202019
St Edward's School25231918
Eton College9151616
Radley College9967
Headington89710
Marlborough College8798
Magdalen College School8446
Abingdon78611
Wellington College5644
Winchester College5433
Oundle School4444
The Cheltenham Ladies' College4333
Harrow School4254
Rugby School311116
Wycombe Abbey 3323
Stowe School2686
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