An independent co-educational boarding and day school for children aged 11 to 18
About the School
Set in 230 acres within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Pangbourne offers a wonderful rural campus within 45 minutes’ travel time of central London and Heathrow airport. The School is near the Berkshire town of Reading, on the mainline train to London Paddington and minutes from the M4 motorway.
The first line of Pangbourne’s Code of Conduct says ‘We are a community where every individual matters.’ That philosophy is woven through everything the School does, from the friendly and nurturing boarding houses with residential houseparents and student leaders, to the small-group year-group based tutorial system. The seven College Flag Values of kindness, selflessness, resilience, integrity, initiative, industry and moral courage underpin a values-based education, offering a commitment to producing confident young men and women ready to make a positive contribution to the world. Finally, longstanding ceremonial traditions are a great way to teach leadership, teamwork and build character.
A focus on personal development has been recognised by the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate (ISI), who in November 2019 judged all aspects of pupils’ personal development as excellent. They noted the leadership, teamwork, and service skills which Pangbourne pupils acquire, and appreciated the positive ‘can-do’ attitude that flourished in all areas of co-curricular life. That same inspection also judged the College as excellent in all aspects of pupils’ academic and other achievements, noting that students were strong independent learners with confident IT, communication, creative and problem-solving skills – all critical traits needed for the 21st Century.
The focus on academic achievement shows, with a majority of A Level students achieving better grades than they were originally predicted (value-added). The majority of students move on to university, with the most academically able students targeting Oxford and Cambridge; in the past two years international students have been accepted to Oxford – one achieving an organ scholarship. The School also sends a good number to Russell Group and ‘Top 20’ universities, and a few to overseas universities.
Most importantly, the School encourages all pupils to have a go, get involved in a wide range of activities, sport and creative pursuits, and make the most of their time at the College – that is what a ‘whole child’ Pangbourne education is all about.
Staff and Student Quotes
“The College has a long tradition of taking international boarders from a diverse range of countries; this past year we had 12 different countries represented. We find that the most successful international students are those who get involved in as much as they can while they are here, developing their confidence, their abilities and their potential.”
Mr. Thomas Garnier
“I love the friendly, homely feeling in the house. I love every single part of my life in this school, and the most important tradition is probably the ceremonial. It is really good for building our character and leadership.”
Age: 18 from China