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Enviable grounds run down to the River Cherwell, ‘but we’re not allowed to go further than those trees,’ said our guides, pointing. ‘Mollycoddling!’ Old Dragons huff and puff as they reminisce about learning to swim there ... Surprisingly low-tech, with fierce rules about mobile phones and other electronic devices (‘We’ve held firm for many years’). Pupils are resigned, ‘I’d prefer to have my phone, but it’s never been any different’; parents can’t believe their luck, ‘My mum just loves it’. The starry quality of its alumni network must make school reunions quite ...

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What the school says...

The Dragon is a highly renowned boarding and day school in Oxford for boys and girls from 4 to 13 years. The Dragons outstanding, all-round education encourages, enquiry, confidence, individuality and a love of learning. A creative academic curriculum is extended with extensive programmes of sport, music, drama, clubs activities. Family-style boarding in ten boarding houses from age 8 is at the heart of the school. Pupils of wide-ranging ability excel at the Dragon; this years leavers achieving excellent results at Common Entrance as well as 43 scholarships and awards to the countrys leading public schools. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since 2017, Dr Crispin Hyde-Dunn MA (Oxon), PGCE MA (Ed), NNPQH, PhD (40s). A reassuringly long string of letters after his name as befits the head of one of Oxford’s best-loved educational institutions. Comes from a clergy family in Sussex, his grandfather was a headmaster and both his parents trained as teachers. Previously head of Abingdon Prep, before that deputy head of King’s College School, Cambridge, and head of history at New College School. Perhaps not your typical prep school head (if there is one), but there’s steel behind his restrained, rather studious demeanour: ‘Don’t underestimate him, he doesn’t miss a trick.’

Despite such a pedigree, some wondered whether he would be tough enough for Dragon and its famously feisty parents (of whom, more later), but any doubts seem to...

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Special Education Needs

The learning support department offers assistance and support to children with learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia. The department works in close conjunction with subject and form teachers to ensure that support is provided when and where necessary, and within the context of the broader curriculum. The department is situated at the heart of the school with a central area and specially designed teaching rooms. All those who teach in the department have a qualification in teaching children with specific learning difficulties. Children are generally withdrawn for individual lessons once or twice a week but some group lessons also are provided. There are also speech and language therapists who support children with speech, language and social skills.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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