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 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. We are very proud that around a third of the year group typically gain academic or specialist awards at an impressive list of schools.

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 51 awards were made to our 2021 leavers:

Wellington CollegeHeadington SchoolSt Edward's School
Oundle SchoolMagdalen College SchoolWycombe Abbey
Winchester CollegeOxford High School
Radley CollegeArdingly College
Art and Design
GordonstounRugby SchoolSt Edward's School
Stowe SchoolWellington College
Wellington CollegeSt Edward's SchoolStowe School
Radley CollegeEton CollegeSt Edward’s School
d'Overbroeck's CollegeOxford High School
Cheltenham Ladies' CollegeMagdalen College SchoolSt Edward’s School
Radley CollegeBloxham 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


St Edward's School231918
Eton College151616
Rugby School11116
Radley College967
Marlborough College798
Stowe School686
Wellington College644
Magdalen College School446
Oundle School444
Winchester College433
Cheltenham Ladies' College333
Harrow School254