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 His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh in 1953; its house emblem is a ship’s wheel; and the Division colour is dark blue.

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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 Metcalfe’s house on a regular basis throughout the year which offer 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 Form 3 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, 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 Pangbourne journey.

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 The Nautical College in 1917 before it took the name Pangbourne College 52 years later in 1969.

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

When you are boarding, you can go to the gym if you do not have a training session that day. You can exercise.

I find it easier boarding. You get more work done which helps with managing your time.

The Housemaster is always there; always around to talk to you; always caring. The Matron is very talkative and easy to speak to.

The best thing about boarding is being with your friends. In your free time, you are able to improve friendships and enjoy College life.

Zac Leonard
Former Part-Boarder

Meet the Team


Mr David Metcalfe succeeds Mr Chris Sutton this academic year as Housemaster of Macquarie. Like his predecessor, Mr Metcalfe too is an Old Pangbournian (98-03) and former pupil of the College. He began teaching Geography at Pangbourne four years ago in 2013 and was also Head of Rugby until this summer, overseeing the first XV's wonderful run to the semi-finals of the national NatWest Vase competition in 2015-16. His wife Mrs Rebecca Metcalfe also teaches at the College, in Learning Skills specialising in Humanities.

Assistant Housemaster

Mr Ryan Cruwys joined the College at the beginning of the 2016-17 academic year. He is a former 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. Mr Cruwys now teaches Geography.


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