Dragon School

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Dragon School
Dragon logo wikipedia.svg
Motto Arduus ad Solem
("Striving towards the Sun")
Established 1877
Type Preparatory day and boarding school and Pre-Prep school
Religion Christian (Anglican)
Head Master John R. Baugh Prep; Annie McNeile Pre-Prep
Founder The Revd A. E. Clarke
Location Bardwell Road
Coordinates: 51°46′05″N 1°15′23″W / 51.76818°N 1.25639°W / 51.76818; -1.25639
DfE number 931/6062
DfE URN 123288 Tables
Students 800+
Gender Co-Educational
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 based in Oxford, England, UK. The Prep School (children aged 8-13) and Dragon Pre-Prep (aged 4-7) are both co-educational schools based in Oxford. The Dragon Prep School founded in 1877 as the Oxford Preparatory School is one of England's best known boarding schools, although it also takes day pupils. Originally established as a boys' school, girls were first admitted as boarders in 1994.The school's core ethos is that children learn naturally in the right learning environment. There are few formal rules but strong values of kindness, courage and respect. Feeder schools include Eton, Cheltenhem, Harrow, Radley, Rugby, Marlborough, St. Edward's Oxford, MCS, Headington Girls School and Helen & St. Katherines among many other leading Independent Schools.


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 quickly 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 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[5][6][7]
  • M. W. A. Gover ('Guv') 1972–1989 (head of day pupils, co-headmaster with 'Inky')[8][9]
  • N. P. V. Richardson 1989–1992
  • H. E. P. Woodcock 1992–1993
  • R. S. Trafford 1993–2002
  • J. R. Baugh 2002–present

Notable Old Dragons[edit]

Former pupils of the Dragon School are referred to as Old Dragons. The following people were students 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. ^ "Keith Ingram — Long-serving Dragon prep school headmaster who won the respect and affection of staff and pupils (obituary)". The Times. 12 February 2007. 
  6. ^ "Former Dragon School headmaster (obituary)". The Oxford Times. 15 February 2007. 
  7. ^ RKI — An appreciation of the life of Keith Ingram. Dragon School Trust. 2009. 
  8. ^ Hodgson, Godfrey (14 May 2005). "Michael Gover — Headmaster of the Dragon School and a guardian of its founding tradition (obituary)". The Independent. 
  9. ^ "Michael Gover (obituary)". The Times. 8 June 2005. 
  10. ^ 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 "Eminent Dragons". Dragon School. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 
  11. ^ Stanford, Peter (22 June 2012). "The pain of Aung Sun Suu Kyi's sons, parted from their mother for 25 years". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Obituaries". Dragon School. Retrieved 24 June 2012. 

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