FAQs
what is the added value of the sixth form experience at pangbourne?

The Sixth Form experience at Pangbourne offers a great breadth of opportunity for young men and women to succeed in a coeducational environment.  A family atmosphere is noticeable with many Sixth Formers choosing to board in their final two years to get the most out of Pangbourne and spend as much time with their friends before they leave.  Pangbournians make friends for life and can meet formally under the umbrella of the Old Pangbournian Society once they have left the College.

what differentiates the sixth form experience?

When students enter the Sixth Form, they are expected to take on leadership roles and become role models for their younger peers.  The idea of taking responsibility comes to the fore as teachers prepare students for life after Pangbourne.

A great emphasis is placed on independent learning and boarders are given their own bedrooms, with the College striving to make the transition from school to university as smooth as possible.

where do students go after pangbourne?

The overwhelming majority of the leavers go on to university courses, many at Russell Group universities, and there have also been some students successful in gaining places at the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford.

what privileges do students earn in the sixth form?

Amongst the privileges afforded to students in the Sixth Form at Pangbourne are guest speakers delivering a regular series of lectures as part of the General Studies programme and invitations to many different formal dinners and balls.  They are also invited to be part of the Wine Society which promotes responsible drinking and a mature approach to wine-tasting.

Sixth Formers are allowed more free time in the evenings and also allowed to choose a full-time sport to play for the majority of the academic year, which helps them specialise in their chosen discipline.  Boarders in the Sixth Form are given their own bedroom, as opposed to sharing their rooms in the lower age groups.

how do students interact with staff in the sixth form?

Sixth Formers are treated more like adults at Pangbourne.  Teachers give Sixth Formers responsibility and encourage them to think about independent learning as often as possible to enable them to be ready to go out into the world after Pangbourne. 

In the classroom, lessons are very interactive in the Sixth Form with students encouraged to take part in discussions and debate.  Outside of the classroom, there are times when staff and students socialise together such as Medway evenings (drinks and nibbles in The Medway Common Room).

In the Divisions (Houses), the Divisional staff and the Sixth Form work together as a team, with students coming up with ideas on how to improve the Division and then look to implement any agreed changes together. 

how are sixth formers prepared for the future?

Tutors oversee their tutees’ academic, intellectual and personal development, in particular, advising Sixth Formers at key stages of the year on choosing their higher education courses and careers, alongside the Head of Sixth Form and the Head of Careers.

In the Lower Sixth, this involves the use of psychometric profile test ‘Centigrade’ in initiating course options; a Pangbourne Careers Fair in March; attending presentations from visiting university professors; and university Open Day visits. 

Examples of the support provided by tutors to students in the Upper Sixth include supervising the appropriate completion of UCAS forms; compiling UCAS references with input from other teachers; tracking the application to the award of a place; and preparing students for interview when necessary.

what leadership roles do sixth formers get to take on?

The two most prestigious defined leadership roles are the two Chief Cadet Captains of the College (CCCCs – Head Boy and Girl) who provide a valuable link between the pupils, staff and the Headmaster.  The CCCCs carry out a lot of performing roles, such as reading out the sports reports during Monday’s Headmaster’s Assemblies and summarising the year, on behalf of the Upper Sixth, on Founders’ Day (last day of the school year) which serves as a farewell to Pangbourne.  They are also ambassadors for Pangbourne when representing the College at external events.

As well as the CCCCs, there are Divisional Chief Cadet Captains (CCCs – Head of Houses) for each Division (House) who are expected to set the example for the rest of the Division to follow through their effort, appearance and commitment to Pangbourne life. Chief Cadet Captains are approachable to their peers and reflect the College’s Flag Values.

Each Division has Cadet Captains (CCs – House Prefects) who help the Divisional Chiefs and are responsible for creating a good atmosphere within the Division.  Other defined leadership roles include the Senior Scholar, New Entry Cos, Overseas Cos, two Guard Commanders and the Marching Band’s Drum Major.

how do the sixth form get involved in the college sundays?

Sixth Formers organise their Divisions during College Sundays in order for the Parades to run smoothly and earn as many points for their Division which are tallied up to aim towards winning the Divisional Parade Cup.