Dragon School

Address: Bardwell Road, Oxford OX2 6SS
Website: dragonschool.org
Founded: 1877
Number of Pupils: 800
Fees: (termly) pre-prep from £4,470; prep day £7,880; prep boarders £11,640.
Ages: 4 – 13
Head Teacher: Emma Goldsmith
Religious Affiliation: Non-denominational
Entrance Procedure: Interview and age-appropriate assessment. Main entry points are Reception, Years 3, 4 and 7. Places in other year groups may be available.
Contact: Dr Kate Heath, registrar
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: Individual family tours can also be arranged.

Open days:

  • Saturday 13th May – Prep
  • Friday 19th May – Pre-Prep
  • Saturday 16th September – Prep
  • Friday 22nd  September – Pre-Prep

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The Curriculum

Our distinctive approach encourages enquiry, confidence and enthusiasm. The wide-ranging curriculum is delivered by inspiring specialist teachers who are passionate about their subjects with impressive facilities for Science, Art, DT and ICT. 

Games & The Arts

 The Dragon offers a busy calendar of fixtures in all mainstream sports as well as the opportunity to try more unusual ones such as sculling, polo and judo. Music and Drama are very popular with plays, productions and 60 music ensembles and notable actors as alumni.

Pastoral Care

 The Dragon strives to create a happy, secure, stimulating learning environment where children can grow and develop as individuals. The Dragon’s nurturing programme enhances self-awareness, personal empowerment, self-esteem and empathy. We promote our Dragon values of kindness, courage and respect and encourage a sense of service to others and a willingness to take responsibility. Philanthropy and social impact are part of the curriculum from Reception onwards. 

Recent Scholarships

2022 leavers: 60 academic or specialist awards at a wide range of leading schools including Eton, St. Edward’s Oxford, Oundle, Winchester, Wycombe Abbey, Radley, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Stowe, Harrow and Marlborough College.

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

Each young Dragon is encouraged to be independent, try new things and develop interests both within the classroom and beyond. Talents are uncovered and ambitions nurtured; lifelong friendships are forged and challenges embraced. Families are welcomed into our unique, vibrant and happy community – ‘Once a Dragon, always a Dragon’.

Meet the Head…

Outstanding Characteristics

 The Dragon is set on the edge of beautiful Oxford with playing fields running down to the River Cherwell. Dragon QUEST is an exciting enrichment programme offering children a choice of activities ranging from archery or paddle-boarding to debating or a trip to a working farm. Boarders – full, weekly and flexi – stay in family-style boarding houses adjacent to the school and there is a weekly bus from central London.