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