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 Headmaster 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, pre-test Preparation sessions are run during Activity and Club time, in advance of the ISEB Common Pre-Test and other school-specific pre-tests.

To prepare for interviews, we have engaged with an external company to run an interview practice session for all Year 6 children. This is followed up with further practice with Tutors and other senior members of staff prior to any interview at a senior school.

Typically our leavers progress to more than thirty destination schools after sitting their respective School, Common Entrance or Scholarship exams.

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 were delighted that an impressive 55 awards were made to our 2020 leavers:

Abingdon SchoolHeadington SchoolSt Edward's School
Bloxham SchoolMagdalen College SchoolThe Cheltenham Ladies' College
Eton College (King's)Oxford High SchoolWinchester College
Magdalen College SchoolSt Edward's SchoolFettes College
Oundle SchoolStowe School
Art and Design
Cheltenham CollegeHeadington SchoolSt Edward's School
Cokethorpe SchoolMagdalen College SchoolThe Cheltenham Ladies' College
d’Overbroeck'sOxford High SchoolTudar Hall School
Marlborough College
Bloxham SchoolHeadington SchoolSt Edward's School
Harrow SchoolMalvern College
Clifton CollegeMagdalen College SchoolRugby School
Harrow SchoolMarlborough CollegeSt Edward’s School
Magdalen College SchoolStowe SchoolSt Edward’s School
Radley College
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 delighted that he has received a scholarship to Winchester College and are very grateful to the teachers who have supported and inspired him.
Year 8 Parent - 2020

Top Destination Schools


St Edward's School1918
Eton College1616
Rugby School116
Marlborough College98
Stowe School86
Radley College67
Harrow School54
Magdalen College School46
Oundle School4
Wellington College44
Cheltenham Ladies' College3