Macquarie is known as ‘Q Town’ and prides itself on having a warm and friendly atmosphere where all students feel relaxed and encouraged to achieve what they set out to do.

The Division is located beyond the Health Centre and to the right of the staff Common Room.

Macquarie was officially opened by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1953, its House Emblem is a ship’s wheel and the Division colour is Dark Blue.

The Division runs a ‘Man of Steel League’ with a prize handed out to the boy with the most Man of Steel points each term. Points are given to pupils who demonstrate Macquarie’s favoured Flag Values, such as initiative, resilience and kindness, with the main focus on academic effort.

A prize is also given to the boy with the most points in each year group at the end of term.

Other activities involving the whole Division are Macquarie summer barbecues, Christmas parties, Friday pizza nights and table tennis competitions.

There are mothers’ lunches twice a year which are held in the Division, providing opportunities for the boys’ mothers to get to know each other.

There are year group socials held in Mr Sutton’s house on a regular basis throughout the year which offers the boys a chance to chat in a relaxed environment.

In Musters (Division assemblies), the boys are given the opportunity to improve their public speaking and can give a speech based upon their ‘Thought of the Week’.

A camp fire evening is held for the new Third Form each year, where they cook food on a fire and get a chance to bond.

Preparation for University evenings are held for Sixth Formers who are split into teams and tasked with creating a dish of their choice from the ingredients provided as in ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’ with a competitive element thrown in for good measure.

The Sixth Form also meet with the Macquarie staff at the beginning of every term to establish aims as to how to run the Division more effectively.

The Sixth Form are encouraged to lead the Division, with the emphasis on helping the younger boys through their journey through Pangbourne.

An 'open door' policy runs throughout Macquarie and the boys thrive in its happy atmosphere.

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

Student Opinion

I enjoy the sense of community in the Division and activities in the evening such as football, watching television, table tennis and pool.

In prep, we do work in our own room. A member of staff looks after us and a Sixth Former is designated to each subject and is on hand to help out with any troubles we may be having.

When you’re boarding, you can go to the gym if you don’t have a training session that day. You can exercise.

I find it easier boarding. You get more work done as there are less distractions which helps with managing your time.

The Housemaster is always there, always around to talk to you, always caring.

Miss Hamblin-Rooke is very understanding. She knows what is going on at the school because she went here. The Matron is very talkative and easy to speak to.

Mr Cheeseman takes prep on a Friday evening and is quite relaxed.

The best thing about boarding is being with your friends. In your free time, you’re able to improve friendships and have a good time.

Zac Leonard
Lower Sixth Part-Boarder

Meet the Team


Mr Chris Sutton is a PE teacher who coaches all sports with an emphasis on rugby and cricket, and lives with wife, Lucy – a primary school teacher, and daughter, Esme, in the Division.

Mr Sutton, who joined Pangbourne in September 2006, likes to keep himself fit by taking part in half marathons and road cycling. He also enjoys playing cricket and travelling with family and friends.

Mr Sutton has been a Housemaster for four years and, before that, was Macquarie’s Assistant Housemaster for four years.

Mr Sutton is, himself, an Old Pangbournian and was a professional rugby player at Worcester Warriors Rugby Club before his first teaching job at Stowe School in Buckingham.

The rugby Under 15As and 1st VII teams are coached by Mr Sutton after he had previously been in charge of the 1st XV for eight years. He also coaches the 1st XI cricket team in the Summer Term.

Assistant Housemaster

Mr Ryan Cruwys joined the College at the beginning of the 2016-17 academic year. He is a Sportsperson in Residence and has a Bachelor's degree in Physical Geography and a Masters degree in Applied Meteorology, both from the University of Reading.


Mrs Helen Pilkington has been Macquarie’s Matron for nearly two years and is very welcoming and friendly to all students.

Visiting Tutors

Mr Ben McLeod

Mr Tom Poynter


Mrs Gosla Zawadzka