Dragon School is set in a quiet area of North Oxford, amid extensive grounds which reach down to the River Cherwell. The School has always embraced the changes that a modern world demands and since the Oxford Preparatory School was founded in 1877 it has evolved into the thriving establishment it now is. That small school, initially created to educate the sons of Oxford dons, changed its name to Dragon School, welcomed boarding and day pupils equally, moved to the current Bardwell Road site, admitted its first girls in 1904, established its own thriving Pre-Prep School nearby, and is now renowned internationally as one of the foremost co-educational prep schools in the UK.
1890 with Skipper Lynam
Memorial Cross Erected in 1920
A Dragon education aims to:
- Provide a purposeful learning environment, establishing high expectations for all children, and enabling each Dragon to fulfil their potential through the promotion of our learning habits of Diligence, Resilience, Ambition, Collaboration and Organisation.
- Foster intellectual curiosity and a desire to learn, and nurture emotional intelligence within a supportive environment, with the pursuit of excellence throughout the curriculum and across extra-curricular opportunities.
- Inspire our Dragons, through our school values of Kindness, Courage and Respect, to learn and show Compassion, Integrity, Resilience, Citizenship, Loyalty and Enthusiasm, throughout their school life and beyond.
- Encourage the Dragons to take risks, be adaptable, and develop independence. Their individuality and wide-ranging achievements are valued and celebrated within a community that appreciates diversity.
- Offer expansive learning opportunities, to enable Dragons to approach a broad range of challenges, both within and outside the classroom. They become articulate, creative and exceptional children who display confidence and independence as they actively engage in their education.
Dragon School continues to embrace the new; enthusing and igniting fresh interests, allowing young Dragons to use their imaginations, question what is around them, and wonder at everything discovered and learned. Young Dragons develop independence and confidence whilst forming strong friendships and happy memories. Highly motivated and inspirational teachers are involved in all aspects of Dragon life, creating a strong sense of community.
A Dragon education prepares all children for life in the wider world, and one of its unique characteristics is that the teaching of philanthropy is woven into the curriculum. Pupils learn how they can give back to others through regular involvement in social and environmental projects, and Reception to Year 8 take an active role in charitable fundraising.
Alongside our vibrant day pupil provision, boarding is at the heart of the Dragon community, with a wide range of boarding options available to meet the needs of modern family living. The pastoral care provided by Houseparents is outstanding, and good communication between the child, home and School is key.
There is no formal entrance exam for Dragon School and children, whatever their ability, are inspired to reach their full potential. Our Future Schools department guides families to ensure that children progress to a well-suited senior school and, each year, a large number of scholarships at leading schools are won by Dragon girls and boys. Thriving sport, music, art and drama departments are an integral part of a Dragon School education, where children are encouraged to develop these important skills and hone and display their talents fully.