The Dragon is a co-educational boarding and day school in Oxford which offers an outstanding educational experience for both boys and girls from 4 to 13 years. A distinctive approach encourages enquiry, confidence and enthusiasm in a quintessentially English school environment. Recognised as individuals, children are encouraged to try everything and express themselves.
Mrs Emma Goldsmith (Head)
Religious affiliation: Non-denominational
Day/boarding type: Day, Weekly/Flexible Boarding and Full Boarding
Gender profile: Coeducational
Boarding fees per term:
£7,539 to £10,931
Day fees per term:
£4,239 to £7,473
Scholarships & bursaries:
ISC reference number:
DfE reference number:
931 / 6062
Boys - age range & pupil numbers:
Day: 4 to 13 (328)
Boarding: 8 to 13 (120)
Girls - age range & pupil numbers:
Day: 4 to 13 (266)
Boarding: 8 to 13 (96)
The Dragon is a co-educational boarding and day school in Oxford which offers an outstanding educational experience for both boys and girls from 4 to 13 years.
Our distinctive approach encourages enquiry, confidence and enthusiasm in a quintessentially English school environment. Recognised as individuals, children are encouraged to try everything and express themselves. Highly qualified staff foster a culture of learning how to learn which promotes academic, sporting and creative excellence. A non-selective school, our confident pupils win numerous scholarships and awards to excellent senior schools.
Come and visit our beautiful campus and dedicated Pre-Prep, located just north of central Oxford – the oldest University City in the world.
“We chose the Dragon because it combined excellent academic qualities in a co-educational environment with an extraordinary offering of extra-curricular activities” Parents
The Curriculum: Teaching is tailored to the needs of each pupil and their learning styles and motivations. Teachers aim to inspire, motivate and challenge and help children take ownership of their own learning.
Games & the Arts: The Dragon supports children’s development, coordination, movement and performance through sport and exercise. Children observe, explore and learn through drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics in Art, and to experiment with a range of materials and electronics in Design Technology. There are 20 sports on offer, including sculling, fencing, girls’ and boys’ football, golf, cricket and judo.
Pastoral Care: The Dragon strives to create a happy, secure and stimulating learning environment in which all members of the school community can grow and develop as individuals. The Dragon is a Family Links School and follows the Nurturing Programme which is a way of educating children and adults which enhances self- awareness, personal empowerment, self-esteem and empathy. The Deputy Head of Social and Emotional Learning supports this whole-school approach which extends beyond the classroom to all staff, children and parents.
Boarding: Boarding options begins from age 8, in small, family run boarding houses. The family feel within the boarding community is strengthened by boarders returning to their Houses throughout the school day.
Future Schools: 47 Scholarships and Awards offered for senior schools in 2018 including: all-rounder, academic, music, sport, art and drama and DT. Dragons go onto a vast range of senior schools, notably; Eton, Rugby, Harrow, Marlborough College, St Edward’s Oxford, Radley, Oundle, Winchester, Wellington, Wycombe Abbey, Cheltenham Ladies College, Stowe School and Bradfield College.
Preparatory years at the Dragon lay the firm foundations of a successful education at senior schools in the UK and beyond.
Headmaster’s Philosophy: At the Dragon, new talents are uncovered and ambitions nurtured; friendships are forged and challenges embraced. Every child is valued and every achievement celebrated. A strong scaffold for academic excellence is provided by our cutting edge curriculum and outstanding teaching, equipping our pupils for smooth transition to their senior schools and beyond. We promote kindness and tolerance, we encourage a sense of service to others and responsibility, and we teach children to respect and nurture their own wellbeing.
Outstanding Characteristics: The 2014 ISI inspection rated the Dragon as outstanding; and teaching and learning as ‘exceptional’. The School ethos hinges on a dynamic balance of relaxed unpretentiousness and academic discipline.
Open Mornings held throughout the year
Arrange a visit: T: 01865 315405 E:email@example.com
The Governors of the Dragon School recognise that independent school fees are now at levels that exclude many children from a Dragon education. To help parents, the Dragon offers financial assistance to help with fees in the form of means-tested bursaries, a Forces discount and FCO discount. Please contact the Admissions team for more information.
Disclaimer: Data is provided by the school, ISC is not responsible for inaccuracies