|Motto||Latin: Arduus ad Solem
("Reach for the Sun")
|Type||Preparatory day and boarding school and Pre-Prep school|
|Head Master||Crispin Hyde-Dunn (Prep); Annie McNeile (Pre-Prep)|
|Founder||The Revd A.E. Clarke|
|DfE URN||123288 Tables|
|Colours||Navy & Mustard|
|Former pupils||Old Dragons|
The Dragon School is one school on two sites based in Oxford, England, U.K.. 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 was founded in 1877 as the Oxford Preparatory School and is one of Great Britain'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. The Dragon School is a feeder school to a range of leading Independent Schools, including Eton College, Cheltenham Ladies' College, Harrow School, Radley College, Rugby School, Marlborough College, Canford School, St Edward's School, Oxford.
Together with Lynams' School (now Dragon School Pre-prep for better worldwide recognition), the Dragon educates children from aged 4 to 13, in two sites: Bardwell Road and Richards Lane. Boarding starts at 8 and there are 10 boarding houses, including one weekly-boarding house.
Teaching started in September 1877 at rooms in Balliol Hall, located in St Giles', central Oxford, under A. E. Clarke. The school expanded and moved within two years to 17 Crick Road, which became known as "School House". 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. 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.
The school has become notable for the large number of well-known alumni it has taught.
The following have been headmasters of the school, several from the Lynam family:
- 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
- M. W. A. Gover ("Guv") 1972–1989 (head of day pupils, co-headmaster with "Inky")
- 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
Notable Old Dragons
Former pupils of the Dragon School are referred to as Old Dragons. The following people were students at one time:
- Poppy Adams, writer
- Alexander Aris (born 1973), elder son of Nobel Prize-winning democracy and human rights campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi and Michael Aris
- The Baron Armstrong of Ilminster (born 1927), civil servant
- Henry Barratt (born 1983), rugby union player
- Sir Gawain Bell (1909–1995), colonial administrator, Governor of Northern Nigeria
- Michael Beloff QC (born 1942), barrister, President of Trinity College, Oxford
- Sir John Betjeman (1906–1984), poet, Poet Laureate from 1972
- Sir Lennox Berkeley (1903–1989), composer
- Alain de Botton (born 1969), writer and television producer
- Humphry Bowen (1929–2002), chemist and botanist
- Jonathan Bowen (born 1956), computer scientist
- Julian Brazier (born 1953), politician
- Henry Brett, polo player, captain England polo team 2003–06
- The Baron Bruce-Lockhart (1942–2008), politician
- Sir Giles Bullard (1926–1992), diplomat
- Sir Julian Bullard (1928–2006), diplomat
- John Campbell (born 1958), economist
- Humphrey Carpenter (1946–2005), journalist, author, and musician
- Tristram Cary (1925–2008), composer
- Simon Cawkwell (born 1946), stock market commentator
- Hal Cazalet, musician
- Christopher Cazenove (1943–2010), actor
- Jonathan Cecil (1939–2011), actor
- Leonard Cheshire VC (1917–1992), World War II RAF pilot and activist for the disabled
- Colin Clark (1905–1989), economist
- Sebastian Croft (born 2001), actor
- Hugh Dancy (born 1975), actor
- Jack Davenport (born 1973), actor
- Quentin Davies, politician
- Ralph Henry Carless Davis (1918–1991), historian
- Cressida Dick (born 1960), senior police officer
- Oliver Dimsdale (born 1972), actor
- Richard 'Rick' Fenn (born 23 May 1953) rock guitarist, member of 10cc since 1976
- Lady Antonia Fraser (born 1932, née Pakenham), historical author
- Bernard Gadney, (1909–2000), rugby player and educator
- Douglas Gairdner, (1910–1979), pediatrician
- The Rt. Hon. Hugh Gaitskell (1906–1963), politician, leader of the Labour Party from 1955–1963
- Sir Christopher Geidt, Private Secretary to Queen Elizabeth II
- J. B. S. Haldane (1892–1964), geneticist and evolutionary biologist
- Air Chief Marshal Sir Donald Hardman
- Tim Henman (born 1974), tennis player
- Tom Hiddleston (born 1981), actor
- Sir Tony Hoare (born 1934), computer scientist
- Brent Hoberman, co-founder of lastminute.com
- Tom Hollander (born 1967), actor
- Peter Hopkirk (born 1930), journalist, author
- Air Marshal Sir Peter Horsley (1921–2001), Royal Air Force commander
- Frances Houghton (born 1980), rower and Olympic silver medallist
- Lord Hunt (born 1942), leading authority on turbulence modelling
- Sir Tim Hunt, biochemist and Nobel laureate
- Edward Impey (born 1962), historian, archaeologist, museum curator, Master of the Armouries and Director General of the Royal Armouries
- Brian Inglis (1916–1993), journalist and historian
- Max Irons (born 1985), actor
- Pico Iyer (born 1957), journalist and author
- Peter Jay (born 1937), television journalist, and former BBC economics editor
- Patrick Jenkin PC (Lord Jenkin of Roding, born 1926), politician
- David Jessel, journalist
- Stephen Jessel, journalist
- C. E. M. Joad, philosopher
- Dom Joly (born 1968), comedian
- Sir John Kendrew (1917–1997), molecular biologist and Nobel Laureate
- Andrew Lack (born 1953), biologist and botanist
- Hugh Laurie (born 1959), comedian and actor
- Alan Macfarlane, anthropologist and historian
- Lancelot Mallalieu, politician
- Henry Marsh, neurosurgeon and author
- Oliver Milburn, actor
- Hugh Miles (born 1977), journalist and author
- Naomi Mitchison (née Haldane, 1897–1999), novelist and poet
- Philip Moore, Baron Moore of Wolvercote (1921–2009), civil servant and personal private secretary to the Queen
- Sir John Mortimer (1923–2009), playwright, barrister and novelist
- Sir Peter Newsam (born 1928), educator (also staff)
- Sir Roger Norrington (born 1934), musician and conductor
- Ed O'Brien (born 1968), musician (member of Radiohead)
- Rageh Omaar (born 1967), journalist and writer
- Julian Opie (born 1958), artist
- Stephen Oppenheimer (born 1947), genetic researcher and author
- Tom Penny (born 1977), skateboarder
- Ronnie Poulton-Palmer (born c.1890), killed in the First World War, rugby player
- Jonathan Pugh (born 1962), cartoonist
- William Pye (born 1938), sculptor
- Sir Timothy Raison (born 1929), politician, journalist and author
- Jack Randle VC (1917–1944), distinguished serviceman, T/Captain, 2nd Bn. The Royal Norfolk Regiment
- Adrian Rawlins (born 1958), film and television actor
- Andrew Robinson (born 1957), author and editor
- William Leefe Robinson VC (1895–1918), lieutenant, 39 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps
- Aubrey de Sélincourt (1894–1962), writer
- Nicholas Shakespeare (born 1957), journalist and novelist
- David Shukman
- Henry Shukman, poet
- Nevil Shute (1899–1960), novelist
- Sir John Slessor, Marshal of the Royal Air Force
- Sir John Smyth VC, distinguished serviceman, lieutenant, 15th Ludhiana Sikhs, Indian Army
- Richard Sorabji (born 1934), academic and historian of classical philosophy
- Timothy Sprigge (1932–2007), philosopher
- Jon Stallworthy (born 1935), academic and poet
- Rory Stewart (born 1973), politician, author and diplomat
- Galen Strawson (born 1952), philosopher and literary critic
- Christopher Tolkien, son of J. R. R. Tolkien
- Simon Tolkien, novelist and son of Christopher Tolkien
- Peter Tranchell (1922–1993), musician, composer, and teacher
- The 3rd Baron Tweedsmuir (1916-2008), politician, novelist and poet
- Sir Reginald Tyrwhitt, Royal Navy admiral
- Sam Waley-Cohen (born 1982), jockey and businessman
- Tom Ward (born 1971), actor
- Paul Watkins (born 1963), Booker Prize-nominated author
- Emma Watson (born 1990), actress, model, activist
- Admiral Sir Hugo White (born 1939), Royal Navy admiral, Commander-in-Chief Fleet 1992–95
- Jack Whitehall (born 1988), comedian
- Conrad Wolfram (born 1970), technologist
- Stephen Wolfram (born 1959), scientist and technology entrepreneur
- Rupert Wyatt (born 1972), writer and film maker
- Shaun Wylie (1913–2009), mathematician and World War II codebreaker
- Baroness Young (1926–2002), politician
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