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The Dragon School is a Britishmarker coeducational, preparatory school in the city of Oxfordmarker, founded in 1877 as the Oxford Preparatory School, or OPS. It is primarily known as a boarding school, although it also takes day pupils. Although established primarily as a boys school, there have always been girls as day pupils at the school, and girls were first admitted as boarders in 1994.

The school accepts pupils from the age of 8 ("E Block") through to 13 ("A Block"), although an associated 'pre-prep', Lynams, accepts children from age 4 to the age of 8. As of September 2001, the school had 840 pupils, of both sexes.


The Dragon School was founded in 1877, and was originally named the Preparatory School and sometimes called Lynam's Preparatory School. The school was started by a committee of Oxfordmarker dons. The school's original remit was to provide a high standard of academic grounding and pastoral care to the children of professors of the University of Oxford. Indeed, many early teachers were or had been 'dons' themselves. Among the most active of the dons was a Mr George, so the first pupils decided to call themselves "Dragons" after Saint George and the Dragon. The 'Dragon' name, which has been attributed to an off-hand quip by a teacher at rival school Summer Fieldsmarker, gained popularity, and in time, the school was officially renamed to the Dragon School

Soon after its founding, it moved to its present site in Bardwell Roadmarker in central North Oxfordmarker, just to the west of the River Cherwellmarker. 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 Lynham. The school was run for many years by the Lynam family, and led to its becoming "arguably the best known of all preparatory schools".


Like many other prep schools, the Dragon has a number of long-standing traditions, among the more notable being the use of nicknames for teachers (to their faces —'Inky', 'Guv', 'Smudge', 'Moocow', 'Lofty', 'Jumbo', 'Splash' etc.) and calling female teachers 'Ma' (e.g. "Ma Jones"). Previously, some male teachers had been called 'Pa' (e.g. Mr. Wyeth-Webb, who was known affectionately as 'Pa Wa-Wa'). This nickname was feminised when male staff members' wives became important figures in their own right (e.g. 'Ma Wa-Wa'). Ultimately, the masculine form fell out of common use, but the female form has remained popular. Temporary teaching assistants (usually in their late teens or early twenties, often natives of former British colonies) are known as 'stooges'. As is the case at most boarding institutions, the Dragon has developed its own unique lexicon besides, incorporating a slang particular to the school ('pill' meaning ball, 'with you' meaning pass, and so on).


  • Rev A.E. Clarke 1877–1886
  • C.C. Lynam ('Skipper') 1887–1921
  • A.E. Lynam ('Hum') 1921–1942
  • 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
  • R.S. Trafford 1993–2002
  • J.R. Baugh 2002–


Lynams is the Dragon School pre-prep named after the first headmasters of the Dragon School. This is where children may start at the age of 4 and leave at the age of 8 (Year 3). From here they can move on to the main school or they may choose to move on to a different school. The current Headmistress is Mrs West.

Notable alumni

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



The dragon-like creature shown on the crest is technically a wyvern.


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