A community where the individual matters
An independent, co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 11-18 in West Berkshire
Opportunities to try a range of activities and achieve success
An independent, co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 11-18 in West Berkshire
Harnessing our traditions for personal development
An independent, co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 11-18 in West Berkshire

Welcome from the Headmaster

Thank you for visiting our virtual Open Day page.  In normal circumstances I would have been delighted to welcome you to a full Pangbourne College Open Day, so you could see first hand our commitment to the personal development of our pupils in the fullest sense.  However, I hope this page can provide you with a taste of Pangbourne, a place where the individual matters.  

First and foremost, we are a ‘people place’. Pupils are encouraged to work hard towards academic success and we are proud of the results they achieve, but just as important is the development of their characters: their confidence and values, their creative and physical skills and their appreciation of who they are and what they can contribute to the world.

Our Flag Values of Kindness, Selflessness, Moral Courage, Initiative, Industry, Resilience and Integrity underpin all we do as a College. They are rooted in our Christian ethos and go a long way to prepare our pupils for life’s challenges and the responsibilities of adulthood. Our aim is to equip Pangbournians with the strongest possible foundations for their future. 

We know that young people today face many challenges, not least of which is their mental health and wellbeing. We are strongly committed to providing the best pupil welfare, individually tailored for each person, and this has been recognised by inspecting and external organisations. 

We provide all the other things a good school should – a challenging academic curriculum, plenty of co-curricular opportunities like sport, music, drama and adventurous training – in 230 acres of wonderful Berkshire countryside in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Our small size, focus on the individual and community feel are what make us special. 

Mr Thomas Garnier

Headmaster

“The quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements is EXCELLENT.”

Read our Inspection Report

Virtual Open Day

Whilst we cannot welcome you onsite to a full open day just yet, the following videos offer a flavour of who we are. Along with a welcome from our Headmaster, we’ve included introductions to our key department heads. We’ve also included a virtual walk around the school by our pupils.

Register Your Interest

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Design Technology

Design Technology (DT) at Pangbourne is predominantly taught through practical project work. The department aims to foster students’ creative design skills when developing a concept and manufacturing an end product. The work tests problem-solving skills and the ability to handle materials with an emphasis on accuracy and quality.

Pupils are able to make full use of a DT workshop with extensive woodworking, metalworking and plastics manufacturing facilities; an ICT suite with 20 computers offering access to useful programmes such as Adobe Photoshop, Google SketchUp and 2D Design; a large laser cutter; a CNC milling machine and a vinyl cutter.

Art

The Art Department is always a hive of activity!  Students are able to use the Art facilities on a regular basis out of lesson times to catch up with their prep (homework) or further their development in the subject.

The department is open to students during activity slots, Central Hour (free time between 13.50pm-14.45pm), and during and after prep in the evening. The department’s two main studios and three specialist classrooms for print, ceramics and photography are great resources for students to develop their GCSE or A Level coursework, or simply as an activity for enjoyment and to express their creative side.

Science

The Biology Department at Pangbourne teaches with enthusiasm and uses a range of approaches designed to provide plenty of variety in studying a subject which is current and inspiring. The Department is based in three spacious and well-resourced laboratories, a prep room and a departmental office.

Physics is a practical subject that explores the rules describing how the universe works. Students are taught by a specialist teacher, typically in a specialised laboratory with dedicated technician support, to give them the best possible support in the subject.

The Chemistry department engages in many practical experiments and also develops students’ spatial imagination, logic and grammar.

Mess Hall (Dining Hall)

We are committed to ensuring food served to both pupils and staff is of the highest (and tastiest!) quality. Menus are varied, nutritious and plentiful for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Hungry students can help themselves to soup, a choice of hot and cold food, offerings from the well-stocked salad bar and dessert over lunchtime.  Vegetarian options are always available. Additionally, there is also a jacket potato and/or pasta bar option offered daily.

The team of 20 front and backroom staff from caterers Holroyd Howe, whose company tagline is “Feeding Independent Minds”, are on hand in Mess Hall to serve meals with a smile.

The refurbishment of the Mess Hall in summer 2014 created two entrances to the serving stations and brought with it a fresh and more modern look, which has been well received by the Pangbourne community.

Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel

In 2000, Her Majesty The Queen opened the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel on her third visit to the College. Open to the public, this national memorial to the Falklands War, and now iconic building, was built to commemorate the 255 men and three women who lost their lives during the 1982 conflict.

The Chapel serves as the spiritual centre for College life. College Sunday services are held here, including a Remembrance Sunday Service in November. Each June, veterans of the Falkland Islands conflict and their families are welcomed back for a special Remembrance Service.

Parade Ground

Our Parade Ground is a wonderful stage for some very special events.

Ceremonial traditions play an important role in upholding the modern day values of the College. The Pangbourne community comes together for College Sundays approximately two or three times per term.  All students from Year 9 upwards participate and wear their No. 1 uniform (formal attire) and perform as a guard, in the Marching Band or parade with members of their House.  Students credit parades and parade practice with helping them develop valuable life skills such as long lasting team spirit, self-discipline and confidence.

The academic year culminates in Founders’ Day, where we recognise and celebrate student achievements from throughout the year and formally bid farewell to the outgoing Upper Sixth Form.  Founders’ Day is considered the best annual event at Pangbourne, with inspirational guests of honour, prize giving and a poignant ceremony under the College flag for the graduating year group – it all makes for an unforgettable occasion and a unique send off.

Jubilee Astro

St George

(Gun room) (Girls boarding house lounge area)

St George is located next to Illawarra at the end of the Parade Ground, having been built in 2012, and was opened by Olympic gold medal-winning rower Katherine Grainger CBE.

There is a courtyard between Illawarra and St George where girls from both Divisions can meet and socialise.

Nancye Harding Recital Hall (Music)

We are passionate about music at Pangbourne! We actively encourage musicians of all abilities. Students are given the opportunity to explore and hone their love of many genres of music with a number going on to pursue careers in music at university and beyond.

Once a week students get together for congregational singing (Congers), a whole school activity which is a firm favourite and is an energising way to start the day! In addition, pupils are able to participate in the College Choir, Chamber Choir, Jazz Band, Marching Band, Drum Corps, Percussion Ensemble and chamber ensembles as well as in College productions. The various musical groups are given the opportunity to perform at regular informal recitals in the Nancye Harding Recital Hall as well as more formal events and services in Drake Hall (theatre/drama hall) and the College’s impressive Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel. Students also have the opportunity to go on regular trips organised by the Music Department to see professional musicians perform.

The College is an all-Steinway School and has three Steinway concert grand pianos, as well as a host of high-quality, smaller instruments. We host an annual Piano Festival, now in its eighth year, which draws talented young pianists aged six to eighteen from around the south of England to participate.

Hesperus Galley (boys’ boarding house kitchen)

Hesperus Division (boarding house) is located at the far end of the Parade Ground, overlooking the acres of beautiful grounds at the College.  It’s one of four boys’ boarding houses and was refurbished in 2020 with a fantastic new Galley (kitchen) and modern shower facilities.

There are two further contemporary girls’ divisions (boarding houses) – St George and Illawarra both of which frame the Parade Ground and are well loved as homes from home by their residents.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register?

We are delighted that you would like to register your child for a place at Pangbourne College. You may use this form to complete the first step of the Registration process.  Please fill out a separate form for each child you would like to register.

There are two stages to Registration. First, complete and submit the form. Once submitted, you will receive an email response with details of how to pay your Registration Fee. The bank details are also listed at the end of the Registration Form.

Please note that your child’s registration will not be confirmed until both form and payment are received.

What do your entrance assessments involve?

Pangbourne welcomes applications from children from any educational background. Our priority during the admissions process is to ensure that pupils are able to benefit positively from the curriculum and facilities on offer, and to enjoy academic and personal success in the future.

There are three main points of entry into the College – 11+ (Form 1), 13+ (Form 3) and 16+ (Sixth Form). Admission may be possible at other ages depending on place availability. Day, part boarding (four nights), weekly boarding (six nights) and full boarding places are available.

Pupils must take entrance examinations, either at the College or, if applicable, at their prep schools, and students entering Sixth Form are also expected to have at least five grade 4 GCSEs (formerly Cs in the previous grading structure), although this general entry criteria needs to be matched against the more specific subject entry criteria.

Do you offer Scholarships and Bursaries?

Yes we do. For further information please visit our ‘Fees, Scholarships and Bursaries’ page.

What are your fees and what is included?

Senior (Years 9-13)
Full Boarding: £12,200 per term (7 nights per week)
Weekly Boarding: £11,070 per term (up to 6 nights per week)
Part Boarding: £10,640 per term (4 nights per week; Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, plus Saturday prior to College Sundays, if required)
Day: £8,460 per term

Junior (Years 7-8)
Full Boarding: £8,620 per term (7 nights per week)
Weekly Boarding: £7,820 per term (up to 6 nights per week)
Part Boarding: £7,540 per term (4 nights; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
Day: £6,000 per term

Fees are charged termly in advance and are inclusive of all the normal maintenance and recreational requirements of each pupil. Also included in the fees are: Academic lessons and most text books; accommodation for boarders; sports coaching; lunch and snacks (plus breakfast and dinner for boarders); laundry (not day pupils); pastoral support from Housemaster and Tutor; a full time Chaplaincy; access to ICT and the internet; a 230 acre site, including riverside access, for outdoor activities; extensive co-curricular programme; plays and concerts in the Drake Hall; music rehearsal facilities; transport to matches; accommodation for private study; careers advice; personal accident insurance.

What are your boarding options?

We offer full (7 nights per week), weekly (up to 6 nights per week) and part boarding (4 nights; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)

Testimonials

"Pupils flourish in a community which aims, through its Christian ethos, to develop the academic potential of its pupils and their teamwork, leadership, self-discipline and service skills in readiness for their adult lives." ISI INSPECTION REPORT, NOVEMBER 2019
"Pupils have high levels of self-esteem and self-confidence: they show resilience, perseverance and a determination to succeed." ISI INSPECTION REPORT, NOVEMBER 2019
"The customer experience you have created since we first contacted you has been second to none. The Virtual Open Day, Q&A, and 1 on 1 with the Headmaster have all been exceptional and have been vital in forming our perceptions of Pangbourne." Parent
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