Spiritual Life

Pupils display excellent spiritual awareness. They benefit from opportunities for reflection, such as weekly chapel services, confirmation classes, and groups where they explore ideas of Christianity and faith, as well as the new inter-faith initiative which allows them to develop their understanding of religions other than their own.

ISI Inspection Report March 2014

Pangbourne welcomes students of all faiths and none, providing opportunities to pupils of all denominations to practise their faith.

Pangbourne has a Christian ethos and, whether or not pupils choose to follow Christianity, students are encouraged to understand what the Christian faith is all about.

The spiritual programme is led by the Chaplain, the Reverend Neil Jeffers – a Church of England minister – and encompasses all Christian denominations.

Students are given a spiritual vocabulary, both for their present and future lives, and there are a range of different opportunities to explore the Christian faith outside the setting of formal worship.

Services are held in the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel, which serves as the national war memorial for victims of the 1982 conflict. The Chapel is open every day of the year and all are welcome to visit it whenever they wish.

During the week, there is a whole school service where different staff members take turns to speak on a Christian or moral theme on Monday mornings, a Dunbar (Forms 1 and 2) assembly in the Chapel on Wednesday mornings and Dunbar Explore sessions, incorporating games, food and a 10 minute look at the Bible, during lunch on Fridays.

Once a month, Pangbourne hosts a College Sunday which is a formal whole school event at which the Chaplain or visitor speaks.

On other Sundays, a range of different trips to evening services are arranged on a voluntary basis for any student wishing to explore the Christian faith further.

Bible study groups are held on an ad hoc basis with the Chaplain over breakfast, or after evening prep, with different year groups throughout the academic year.

Confirmation classes are taken throughout the Lent Term for those wishing to be confirmed in May. Each year, a different personality visits the school to speak about their relationship with faith as part of the Lent Addresses – lectures which all pupils are welcome to attend.

In previous years, former Zimbabwean international cricketer, Henry Olonga, who discussed his stand against Robert Mugabe at the 2003 Cricket World Cup which was motivated by his faith, a Leicester Tigers Academy player and Major General Tim Cross CBE have proven fascinating speakers during the Lent Addresses.