Dragon School, Oxford

Boys (4 - 13)
Girls (4 - 13)
Full Boarding
Flexi Boarding

The Dragon School is a co-educational boarding and day school in Oxford for boys and girls aged 4 to 13. The School 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’.

About the school

The Dragon is a co-educational day and boarding school which has offered a unique educational experience to generations of pupils aged 4-13.  Our distinctive approach encourages enquiry, confidence and enthusiasm in a quintessentially English school environment. The beautiful campus and dedicated Pre-Prep are located just north of central Oxford – the oldest University city in the land.

The breadth of intellectual and philosophical challenge underpins an expansive academic curriculum, a wonderful programme of sport and an extraordinarily creative programme of music, drama and art. A range of superb facilities, first-class teaching and plenty of space for both sport and play allows children to develop their unique gifts and talents.

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 Dragon prides itself on providing a safe and happy environment in which to learn.  With an informality that builds trust and allows children to develop a sense of responsibility and respect for others, pupils are helped to become well-rounded, confident, independent and motivated – all the attributes they will need to become socially adept and emotionally intelligent adults. Boarding at the Dragon 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.

 “The quality of pupils’ achievements and learning is exceptional” Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI)

Dragons go onto a vast range of senior schools, notably Eton, Winchester, Wycombe Abbey, Radley, Cheltenham Ladies College, St Edward’s Oxford, Rugby, Harrow, Marlborough, Wellington, Oundle, Magdalen College School, Headington and many more.  Preparatory years at the Dragon lay the firm foundations of a successful education at senior schools in the UK and beyond.

The Dragon isn’t just the education we wanted for our children, more importantly it’s the childhood we wanted for them too.” Parents

“I believe that the happiness and wellbeing of our pupils and teachers is the key to excellent achievement, with every individual feeling understood and valued. Here at the Dragon, day and boarding pupils, overseas pupils and those living closer to home are all nurtured and cared for as individuals. At the Dragon, friendships are made and lessons learned that will last a lifetime. Please do come and visit us to see for yourself, where you will be assured of a very warm welcome." Crispin Hyde-Dunn, Headmaster



Key Facts

  • Boys' Boarding: 200 (8 to 13)
  • Girls' Boarding: 49 (8 to 13)
  • Total Pupils: 828
  • Day Fees: £3750 to £6160/term
  • Boarding Fees: £9530/term

Open Days

No Forthcoming Events

Scholarships, Bursaries & Fees

Bursaries worth from 50% to 100% of boarding or day fees take into account a family's financial circumstances. Applications are invited from those who would like their children to join the school in Year 4. Academic assessment is via Dragon teachers and a report from the child's current school.

Forces Discount is a special scheme for those in receipt of the CEA. A discount of 20% of fees will apply if Dragon boarding begins in the junior years.

None of the above grants need to be repaid.

Fees Information

For current fees please enquire at the school. Figures quoted here are a guide only.

Day boarding: as Day fees plus £1,100 (2 nights/week), £1,650 (3 nights/week), £2,200 (4 nights/week) per term.

These fees include all curriculum and compulsory activities, and are subject to annual review.

Extras, including individual music lessons, are recharged at cost. Details of these, and music charges, are provided annually to parents and can be found on the school website. For prospective parents details are included when they request a prospectus.


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Admissions Process

Prospective parents and children are encouraged to visit the school during term time to see the school in action and to meet staff and children.

In order to fix an appointment, please ring the Admissions Office +44 (0)1865 315405 to visit the Dragon, or the School Administrator +44 (0)1865 315541 to visit the Dragon Pre-Prep.

Order a Prospectus online, email www.dragonschool.org/admissions/prospectus-request.html for any further information or write to the Registrar, Kate Heath, Dragon School, Bardwell Road, Oxford, England OX2 6SS.

Early registration is advised. However, vacancies can occur at any stage, so please feel free to ring the Admissions Office for more up-to-date information.

Finding out more

Bardwell Road, Oxford, OX2 6SS
01865 315405
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Key Facts

  • Boys' Boarding: 200 (8 to 13)
  • Girls' Boarding: 49 (8 to 13)
  • Total Pupils: 828
  • Day Fees: £3750 to £6160/term
  • Boarding Fees: £9530/term
  • ISI Inspection Report

Open Days

No Forthcoming Events