Hesperus

Hesperus Division is located at the far end of the Parade Ground, opposite Macquarie, overlooking the acres of beautiful grounds at the College.

Hesperus’s mascot is Elvis the Elk, the Division’s colour is Maroon and its emblem is the Hesperus ship. Hesperus’s House Values are Effort, Family, Manners and Responsibility.

Pupils get on well with one another which creates a great atmosphere in the Division and each year there is a Hesperus trip. Good manners are an integral part of Hesperus's ethos and is supplemented by an annual Etiquette session with a guest speaker visiting the Division to pass on the ‘dos’ and 'don'ts' of etiquette.

Hesperus has one Common Room which encourages great interaction between the year groups and adds to the sociable atmosphere of the Division. There is a pool table, computers, satellite TV, table tennis, table football, board games and a House library and among the evening activities in the Division are House politics evenings, games nights, film nights and sports competitions, with the table tennis competition the most popular.

Merit raffles and House pizza nights are organised to reward excellent achievements in the Division and the variety of Divisional events helps to encourage a wide range of interests in the boys. All the evening events are organised by the students, allowing them to build up their leadership skills and the Division prides itself on its friendly environment and great atmosphere.

Hesperus is named after one of the clipper ships belonging to the Devitt and Moore shipping company that first set up Pangbourne as a Nautical training college in 1917 before it took the name Pangbourne College and then later became a co-educational school.

Meet the Team

Housemaster

Mr Tom Cheney lives in the Division with his wife Frankie and their son. He has been at the College now for seven years and before his time at Pangbourne he worked in management in industry before undertaking a PGCE at Roehampton University. 

He started his teaching career at Claires Court School, where he taught for three years before moving to Pangbourne. He was formerly Head of Design Technology at the College.

He has a passion for classic cars and to that end organises and runs the annual Classic Car Show at the College as well as a classic car restoration activity with pupils. 

Having played rugby for Scotland U19, Wasps U21, Richmond first XV - and most recently having just retired from playing for Keynsham first XV in Bristol, as well as Senior County Rugby for Buckinghamshire and Somerset - he has a great interest in rugby at the College. He is currently coach of the U16A team and helps with the Girls’ Rugby Sevens.

Assistant Housemaster

Mr Daniel Paynter is both a Sports Person in Residence and a Teacher of Science and is very popular within the Hesperus community.

Matron

Mrs Gail Webb has been the Hesperus Matron for 18 years and plays a vital role in the pastoral care of the pupils.

Visiting Tutors
Mr Andrew Codling

Mr James Hobby

Housekeeper

Mr Jacek Oprawko