Boarders at Pangbourne belong to a warm, close-knit community where they are empowered to grasp a whole range of opportunities on offer.

They develop independence and learn vital skills to thrive in our increasingly global world. Our flourishing atmosphere is one where every individual is known, valued and inspired to follow their passions.

Dedicated facilities ensure pupils are able to make the most of our offerings and thoroughly enjoy their time with us. Discover our friendly boarding houses.

Hear from one of our boarders, Alice:

Boarders appreciate the quiet spaces in their boarding houses where they can benefit from peaceful moments, and the communal areas where they can share fun times and friendship with their peers.

ISI Inspection Report, November 2019

Coming to a new school is not easy, especially when you do not know anybody, and I did not know a single person at Pangbourne! I was quite insecure when I joined, but Pangbourne really helped me get over that insecurity with their kindness and acceptance. From the first day I was feeling that I’m at home.

Danica, Ex-overseas student

Our son Jan Niklas joined Lower Sixth in September with the intention of spending at two terms at Pangbourne College. Jan Niklas has settled in very well and enjoys his courses as well as life as a boarder very much. When he came home for Half Term he said it was like coming from one family and going home to another.

Mr and Mrs Samtleben

Plenty of boarding options

Here at Pangbourne, we provide a number of boarding options to fit with your lifestyle. They are:

  • Full Boarding: Monday to Sunday (7 nights a week)
  • Weekly Boarding: Sunday or Monday to Saturday (up to 6 nights a week)
  • Part Boarding: Monday & Tuesday nights, plus Thursday & Friday nights (4 nights a week) for Years 9 to Upper Sixth. Monday to Thursday (4 nights a week) for Years 7&8

Ad hoc boarding, up to two nights per week is also available upon request for day pupils, at the discretion of the relevant Housemaster/mistress. Weekly and part-boarding pupils can also stay for additional nights, with the agreement of their Housemaster/mistress.


Pangbourne’s caring Housemasters/mistresses, Assistant Housemasters/mistresses, and matrons all get to know pupils in their division very well. They are the first port of call for pupils and parents for any queries and fortify our wellbeing provision. The pastoral care of pupils is a top priority, and our Deputy Head Pastoral, Mark Skidmore, embodies this commitment.

Our Assistant Head Pupil Wellbeing, Caroline Bond, is also on hand to lend a friendly ear and plays a central role in ensuring that the mental health and wellbeing of Pangbourne’s community is looked after.

Boarders’ Activities

Students Working in a Boarding HouseOur events programme is chock-a-block with exciting activities for boarders to participate in. This is one of the biggest positives of boarding with us. Weekend trips are a staple, and we continually introduce new opportunities to explore the local attractions and activities each year. Pupils get involved with providing feedback and suggesting new activities to make their time with us their own.

In the past, trips have included:

  • Paintballing
  • Ice skating
  • Thorpe Park
  • Go-karting
  • The Winchester Christmas Market

Other hugely popular College events include ‘Pangbourne’s Got Talent’, ‘Divisional Come Dine With Me’ and ‘Pangbourne Does Bake Off’. We have also hosted comedy nights, magicians, fire breathing and inflatables!

Discover what a typical week for a boarder looks like

View our programme of trips and activities for 2023 - 2024

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