The Dragon School, Oxford, is one school on two sites: the Dragon Prep (for 8-13 year olds) is situated in Bardwell Road; the Dragon Pre-Prep (for 4-7 year olds) is just off the Woodstock Road in Summertown. The Dragon is one of the best known schools in the country and numbers amongst its former pupils a very wide range of successful men and women. Its roots lie in progressive educational theory of the late nineteenth century.
The School today reflects its radical roots and has an ethos that hinges on a dynamic balance of relaxed unpretentiousness and academic discipline which has been described as ‘robust informality and relaxed rigour’. Children’s needs are at the heart of the Dragon and pastoral care is paramount; discipline relies on common sense, kindness and individual responsibility. The joy of learning and the fun of childhood exploration are shared throughout a warm school community where every child is encouraged to try everything and do his or her best.
Boys and girls leave the Dragon, usually at thirteen, to join the finest independent senior schools – a great many with scholarships and awards across the range of academic, cultural and sporting achievement. Former pupils maintain Dragon friendships into adult life and retain a strong affection for the school returning with pleasure for school occasions.