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The Dragon remains the choice for the social elite of Oxford – if you want to be invited to the smartest dinner parties, this is your school. Happy free-range children roaming around, unrestricted by petty rules and health and safety, having a jolly time; play by the river still possible as long as a child can swim two lengths of the pool fully clothed. Boys outnumber girls two to one. Some grumbles about middle of the road children lost in the masses and...

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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

What the parents say...

We have been delighted with the school for our children. It is a fantastic mix of work and fun, and the casual attitude to uniform is great, it may not seem important but it gives the message, "Don't sweat the small stuff" get on and achieve in areas that count. Its a big school so, you do get people that leave and you get parents who are moaning Minnies that you get in all schools but, for the majority of children, it is the best school on earth, and if you cut them in half it would be like a stick of rock and say "Dragon" all the way through. My only reservation, and this did not effect me is if you have a child at either extreme of the spectrum, e.g. "Gifted" or with "Specific Special Needs" then I might well be looking elsewhere as, if you were asked to leave or decided to leave it would be disruptive and potentially upsetting for the child. But, for the majority of bright, enthusiastic children there could not be a school to get a better start in life. A lot of the teachers stay a long time, as there is a happy ethos at this school which means that more often than not they will go the extra mile for your child.

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Since September 2017, Dr Crispin Hyde-Dunn MA (Oxon) PGCE MA (Ed) NPQH, PhD (40s). Read history at Oxford. Previously head of Abingdon Prep. Before that was deputy head of King’s College School, Cambridge and earlier still was head of history at New College School in Oxford. Wife, Lucy, is a medical research fellow at Oxford.


Register early - as early as you like post-conception. The school is full and there are waiting lists at all stages. However, spaces can be available at any time as pupils move away to another area or country. Potentially easier to get in as a boarder but this depends on the year group. Non-selective entry although the school assesses maths and English to check that a child will be able to cope. Up to 100 per cent means-tested bursaries are...

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Special Education Needs

We offer support on a withdrawal basis up to two lessons a week. Children are taught in the Learning Support department by dyslexic trained teachers. Maths and Literacy support is offered. Mildly dyspraxic children are supported by way of a Motor skills program which runs before school three times a week. Children with mild Speech and Language difficulties have a lesson once a week from a visiting Speech and Language Therapist whom parents pay directly.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
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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