Dragon School

Telephone 01865 315 405
Address Bardwell Road, Oxford, OX2 6SS

Discover the Dragon

The Dragon in Oxford has been at the forefront of Prep education in the UK since it was founded in 1877.  2021 year marks an exciting new chapter with the arrival of the new Head, Emma Goldsmith.

The nurturing pre-Prep, where curiosity and creativity are fostered in our youngest Dragons, is in the heart of Summertown. The Prep has an idyllic setting just a short walk from the centre of the beautiful university city, with playing fields rolling down to the River Cherwell. The Dragon is a happy, vibrant, relaxed community where boys and girls discover and develop their talents both within the classroom and beyond.

Dedicated and inspiring teachers encourage a love of learning and get to know each child as an individual. The breadth of opportunity is incredible and Dragon life is busy and fun.

Saturday mornings have been transformed as an exciting enrichment programme, Dragon QUEST, has replaced compulsory academic lessons. Children learn new skills, broaden their horizons and dare to try new things.

The choice of activities ranges from bike mechanics, calligraphy or cultural walks in Oxford to debating, first aid or paddle boarding. This holistic approach to education has proved incredibly popular with children, staff and parents alike.

The Dragon offers full, weekly (a Dragon bus from London on Sunday evenings) or flexi boarding and the family style boarding houses offer a true ‘home from home’ where children can relax. Boarding helps children to develop independence, confidence and make lasting friendships and doing so in Years 7 and 8 is an ideal preparation for those looking to board at senior school.

Leavers go on to an impressive list of destinations and about a third of the year group typically gain academic and/or specialist awards. There is a strong sense of community amongst Old Dragons and the School is very proud of their successes and loyalty.

Our admissions process is detailed on the website and we encourage families to visit us in Oxford. Means-tested bursaries are available at Year 4. Please do contact admissions@dragonschool.org or call 01865 315405