Meet the Headmaster
Dr Crispin Hyde-Dunn joined the Dragon in September 2017. Prior to this he spent six years as Head of Abingdon Preparatory School and was Deputy Head Academic at King’s College School in Cambridge. He has taught in a range of day and boarding schools, including six years as Head of History at New College School, Oxford.
Crispin read History at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. He holds a PGCE, a Masters degree in Educational Management and the National Professional Qualification of Headship. More recently, Crispin completed a part-time PhD on Henry VII.
Crispin grew up in a clergy family in West Sussex. Education runs in his family - his grandfather was Headmaster of a primary school in South Wales and both his parents trained as teachers. Crispin is married to Lucy who is a vet and a scientist; she is a Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford.
Alongside his historical interests, Crispin enjoys swimming, running and travelling. He also has a particular passion for Italian cars and Formula 1, and since he was a small boy, Crispin has followed the variable fortunes of Tottenham Hotspur.
"The Dragon’s reputation as a school where every child can find, explore and develop their talents has been well earned over many generations. The sense of philanthropy, kindness and service, shared by Dragons young and old, also reflects the school’s founding values and core ethos.
Our pupils are articulate, happy and engaged. They become life-long learners, team players, leaders and innovators. True to our school’s foundation, boys and girls are encouraged to use their imaginations, to think creatively, to explore the world around them and to strive for excellence. We equip our pupils with the skills they will need for their future senior schools and for the world beyond.
At the heart of the school are our Staff, who enable us to offer extraordinary opportunities in a supportive and stimulating environment. Surrounded by the university city of Oxford, pupils at the Dragon are immersed in an inspiring and varied academic curriculum. They benefit from excellent facilities and a tremendous range of extra-curricular, cultural and sporting activities. Indeed, across the curriculum many of our pupils achieve scholarships and awards to a range of Senior Schools. Importantly however, Dragons are able to challenge themselves and fulfil their potential whilst still being able to enjoy childhood.
I believe that the happiness and wellbeing of our pupils and teachers is the key to excellent achievement, with every individual feeling understood and valued. Here at the Dragon, day and boarding pupils, overseas pupils and those living closer to home are all nurtured and cared for as individuals. Here, friendships are made and lessons learned that will last a lifetime.
Please do come and visit us to see for yourself, where you will be assured of a very warm welcome."Crispin Hyde-Dunn