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.

Along with the Headmaster and Deputies, the Future Schools team works closely with Tutors to monitor progress  and 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, and these continue as part of their timetabled lessons 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 total of 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
Cheltenham CollegeHeadington SchoolSt Edward's School
Cokethorpe SchoolMagdalen College SchoolThe Cheltenham Ladies' College
D’Overbroeck'sOxford High SchoolTudar Hall School
Art and Design
Tudor Hall School
Design & Technology
Marlborough CollegeSt Edward’s School
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 has really 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 and staff who have supported and inspired him.
Year 8 Parent - 2020

Leavers’ Top Destination Schools


St Edward's School1819
Eton College1616
Rugby School611
Marlborough College89
Stowe School68
Radley College76
Harrow School45
Magdalen College School64
Oundle School4
Wellington College44
Cheltenham Ladies' College3