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Dragon School

Bardwell Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England OX2 6SS

Private School (Fee Paying) Co-Educational 4 - 13 Years Day & Boarding (Flexi, Full, Weekly)

"Dragon School has been at the forefront of Prep education since it was founded in 1877. A new Head, Emma Goldsmith, joined in September and is looking forward to this next chapter in the School’s...

Boarding Dragons relaxing in the School House kitchen
Rowing Dragons on the River Cherwell
Dragon Artists are busy creating
Dramatic Dragons during their Blood Brothers production
Sporty Dragon boys and girls race in Athletics
Dragons in the wild during QUEST
Musical Dragons practicing the double bass
Cultural Dragons exploring Oxford during QUEST
Scientific Dragons experimenting
Head Photo

Emma Goldsmith


‘It is important to harness the vitality, imagination and natural curiosity of young people to develop the mindset of ‘why not?’. If this culture of questioning is embedded at an early age it will encourage an enthusiasm which leads to a lifetime of learning. Arduus ad solem ‘reach for the sun’ is the Dragon’s motto and is as relevant today as it was when the School was founded. We want all of our children to become resilient and ambitious, ready to take on the challenges of being a global citizen of the 21st Century. The Dragon has a well earned reputation of providing a community which will nurture these characteristics with the values of kindness, courage and respect underpinning all that we do.

Dragons past and present feel a sense of service and philanthropy; this sense of responsibility for the world around them is at the core of the School’s ethos and drives forward creative thinking and innovation in all areas of community life. Our community is enriched by every child whether they are a boarder or day pupil, from overseas or live close by. We are a diverse and inclusive organisation and value the richness that each individual brings.’

Isabella's Mum



Isabella has really settled into Nursery and we are thrilled with how happy she is about going to ‘school’. She speaks continuously about her friends and teachers and will happily tell us about her time spent with you all. Her ‘little’ personality is really beginning to shine and I have no doubt...

Talk Education



The Dragon has a real knack at building the confidence its pupils need to thrive at senior school, and they’re often having so much fun they’re unaware of how much work they’re actually doing. This is a fun, carefree, happy place – and, as if by magic, produces the most fantastic results...

Tatler Schools Guide 2021



Eminent Dragons are everywhere from the West End stage to the corridors of power thanks to the school's ability to imbue pupils with a confidence that allows them to throw themselves into life.

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What We Offer

    • Classics
    • Design Technology
    • Drama/Theatre
    • Environmental studies
    • ICT
    • Painting/Sculpture
    • Philosophy/Ethics
    • Photography
    • Ancient Greek
    • Chinese
    • French
    • German
    • Greek
    • Italian
    • Latin
    • Spanish
    • Archery
    • Badminton
    • Cricket
    • Cross-Country
    • Fencing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Hockey
    • Lacrosse
    • Martial Arts
    • Netball
    • Rugby
    • Squash
    • Swimming
    • Table Tennis
    • Tennis
    • Adventure Training
    • Ballet
    • Canoeing
    • Cycling
    • Dance
    • Drama
    • Horse Riding & Management
    • Orienteering
    • Public Speaking
    • Rock Climbing
    • Rowing
    • Sailing
    • Yoga
    • Hearing Impairment (HI)
    • Visual Impairment (VI)
    • Physical Disabilities
    • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
    • After School Club
    • Armed Forces Children
    • Diplomatic Children
    • Expatriate Children
    • Gifted Children
    • International Students
    • Rail Services
    • School Bus Service
    • Special Diets

    Admissions

    • Report from previous school
    • Early registration or registration at birth
    • Armed forces discounts or bursaries
    • Financial Assistance
    • Non-denominational
    • English

      Age Range & Fees

      Age Range4 to 13
      Annual Day Fees *£12348 to £21768
      Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *£31686 to £31686
      Annual Full Boarding Fees *£31686 to £31686
      * Currency: GB Pound

      Number of Pupils

      317Day274
      109Full Boarding69
      10Weekly Boarding12
      436Total355
      Boys Girls

      Number of Staff

      Full-time: 87
      Part-time: 10

      % Pupils Gaining GCSE/IGCSE Passes 5 - 9

      % Pupils Gaining A Level Grades A – C

      % Pupils Going To University