Pangbourne is a unique place where pupils are able to enjoy the familiarity of a co-educational learning environment mixed with a litany of traditional quirks which owe to the school’s previous incarnation as a nautical college. The students are a mixture of day pupils, part-boarders and full boarders spread among the Junior House (Dunbar) and six senior Divisions (Houses) – Harbinger, Hesperus, Illawarra, Macquarie, Port Jackson and St George.
Key to the strength of the Pangbourne community is the excellent pastoral care, rated ‘Excellent’ in the 2014 ISI Inspection Report, which the College provides. Within each Division, there is a team of staff to ensure all pupils are progressing academically, are being supported and are developing their emotional well-being.
No stone is left unturned in creating a happy environment within the Divisions and, under the enthusiastic leadership of the Housemasters/mistresses, pupils feel a sense of pride and loyalty to their respective Divisions. The commitment displayed by the Divisional staff means boarders and part-boarders have an array of trips and activities to take part in on a weekly basis, and can take advantage of the many study facilities to progress with their academic work.
Another feature of Pangbourne life is the ceremonial traditions of the College. The Pangbourne community comes together for Parade Sundays on every third Sunday of the month where students wear formal attire and perform as a guard, in the Marching Band or march as a College which develop the pupils’ self-discipline and confidence. The academic year culminates in Founders’ Day, where students, family, friends, Old Pangbournians, Parents of Old Pangbournians and local dignitaries celebrate at the College and formally bid farewell to the outgoing Upper Sixth. Founders’ Day is considered the best annual event at Pangbourne, with marching, music, sports and a series of speeches going into the mix to make the occasion unforgettable.
An integral part of the lifestyle enjoyed by Pangbournians is the food provided which serves as the essential fuel for students and staff alike to have sufficient energy to fulfil their busy timetables. Provided by caterers Holroyd Howe, a plentiful supply of food is available at breakfast, lunch and supper with meat of the finest quality exclusively supplied by Ashampstead-based butchers Vicars Game. Meal options cater for vegetarians and all dietary requirements are taken into account.