Dragon School

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Dragon School
Dragon logo wikipedia.svg
Motto Latin: Arduus ad Solem
("Reach for the Sun")
Established 1877
Type Preparatory day and boarding school and Pre-Prep school
Religion Christian (Anglican)
Head Master Crispin Hyde-Dunn (Prep); Annie McNeile (Pre-Prep)
Founder The Revd A.E. Clarke
Location Bardwell Road
51°46′05″N 1°15′23″W / 51.76818°N 1.25639°W / 51.76818; -1.25639Coordinates: 51°46′05″N 1°15′23″W / 51.76818°N 1.25639°W / 51.76818; -1.25639
DfE URN 123288 Tables
Students 800+
Gender Coeducational
Ages 8–13
Houses 9
Colours Navy & Mustard
Publication The Draconian
Former pupils Old Dragons
Website www.dragonschool.org

The Dragon School is one school on two sites in Oxford, England. The Prep School (children aged 8–13) and Dragon Pre-Prep (ages 4–7) are both co-educational schools. The Dragon Prep School was founded in 1877 as the Oxford Preparatory School. It takes day pupils and boarders.

Originally established for boys, the Dragon School first admitted girls as boarders in 1994. The Dragon School is a feeder school to many independent schools, including Eton College, Shrewsbury School, Cheltenham Ladies' College, Harrow School, Radley College, Rugby School, Marlborough College, Canford School, St Edward's School, Oxford and Abingdon School.

Together with Lynams' School (now called Dragon School Pre-prep), the Dragon educates children from aged 4 to 13, in two sites in North Oxford: Bardwell Road and Richards Lane. Boarding starts at 8 and there are 10 boarding houses, including one weekly-boarding house.


School House at the Dragon School, on Bardwell Road in North Oxford

Teaching started in September 1877 at rooms in Balliol Hall, located in St Giles', central Oxford, under A. E. Clarke.[1] The school expanded and moved within two years to 17 Crick Road, which became known as "School House".[2] Charles Cotterill Lynam (known as the "Skipper") took over as headmaster in 1886.

In 1894, C. C. Lynam took out a lease on land at the current site at Bardwell Road. £4,000 was raised through subscriptions from local parents for the erection of new school buildings[3] and the move was completed within a year. The school was known as Oxford Preparatory School and also Lynam's, but gradually its current name was adopted.

The present site in Bardwell Road in central North Oxford is just to the west of the River Cherwell. It became the second school to take part in the Harrow History Prize in 1895, and many of its pupils have won this over the years, an early winner being Miss Kit Lynam. The school was run for many years by the Lynam family.[4]

Dragon School playing fields off Bardwell Road

The school has become notable for its large number of eminent alumni.[5]


The following have been headmasters of the school, several from the Lynam family:[4]

  • The Revd A. E. Clarke 1877–1886
  • C. C. Lynam ("Skipper") 1886–1920
  • A. E. Lynam ("Hum") 1920–1942
  • J. H. R. Lynam ("Joc") 1942–1965
  • R. K. Ingram ("Inky") 1965–1989[6][7][8]
  • M. W. A. Gover ("Guv") 1972–1989 (head of day pupils, co-headmaster with "Inky")[9][10]
  • N. P. V. Richardson 1989–1992
  • H. E. P. Woodcock 1992–1993
  • Roger S. Trafford 1993–2002
  • John R. Baugh 2002–2017
  • Crispin Hyde-Dunn 2017–present[11]

Notable Old Dragons

Former pupils of the Dragon School are referred to as Old Dragons. The following people were pupils at one time:


  1. ^ Jaques, C. H. (1977). "I: Beginnings". A Dragon Century: 1877 – 1977. Blackwell's. pp. 1–7.
  2. ^ Jaques, C. H. (1977). "II: The Crick Road Era". A Dragon Century: 1877 – 1977. Blackwell's. pp. 7–21.
  3. ^ Jaques, C. H. (1977). "III: To Bardwell Road". A Dragon Century: 1877 – 1977. Blackwell's. pp. 22–35.
  4. ^ a b Jaques, C. H. (1977). "A Table showing the Dragon descendants, boys and staff, of Charles Lynam of Stock-on-Trent". A Dragon Century: 1877 – 1977. Blackwell's. pp. 10–11.
  5. ^ Ramaswamy, Chitra (28 March 2016). "Welcome to Dragon School – the lair of the British acting elite". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 16 October 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Keith Ingram — Long-serving Dragon prep school headmaster who won the respect and affection of staff and pupils (obituary)". The Times. 12 February 2007.
  7. ^ "Former Dragon School headmaster (obituary)". The Oxford Times. 15 February 2007. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014.
  8. ^ RKI — An appreciation of the life of Keith Ingram. Dragon School Trust. 2009. Archived from the original on 2014-04-07.
  9. ^ Hodgson, Godfrey (14 May 2005). "Michael Gover — Headmaster of the Dragon School and a guardian of its founding tradition (obituary)". The Independent. Archived from the original on 25 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Michael Gover (obituary)". The Times. 8 June 2005.
  11. ^ "Dragon's new head inspired by Harry Potter icon". Oxford Times. 21 September 2017. p. 7.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax "Eminent Dragons". Dragon School. Archived from the original on 11 January 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  13. ^ Stanford, Peter (22 June 2012). "The pain of Aung Sun Suu Kyi's sons, parted from their mother for 25 years". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 26 May 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  14. ^ "Obituaries". Dragon School. Archived from the original on 13 October 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2012.

External links

  • The Dragon School website
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