Every year, members of our community give their time, energy and gifts to improve the College. You run our volunteer groups, guide and shape our strategy, enable improvements to College facilities and provide careers and life advice to current pupils.
Without your help, the College would be a much poorer experience, both for pupils and the wider Pangbourne community. Thank you to you all!
There are plenty of ways to get involved with Pangbourne College. Click on a section below to find out more.
Thank you for your support of Pangbourne College.
Pangbourne College is a registered charity (Registered Charity No. 309096) and its aims are: the advancement of education, including the provision of boarding and/or day schooling for children, and the provision of subsidised education via bursaries for deserving students whose parents could not otherwise afford the cost of educational fees.
The charitable company also has to maintain its heritage endowment, the College, with its Grade 2 listed buildings and The Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel – a national memorial site.
Volunteers are an essential part of the Pangbourne Community. Below are some of the ways in which you can volunteer. If you are interested in any of the opportunities below, please get in touch with Mrs Anne Huddart, Development Officer.
COMMITTEE VOLUNTEER. Three alumni and community groups currently exist, and each is run by a volunteer committee. Honorary OPs and OPs can get involved with the OP Society Committee, current parents and staff can be on the PPA Committee, and former parents can get involved through POPs. The workload normally involves termly meetings and occasional events, and is a great way to meet fellow Pangbournians.
ALUMNI REPRESENTATIVES. Would you be interested in connecting fellow OPs in your geographic area? From your decade or Division? Or are you currently at University and looking for or do you have a sport or other interest which others might share?
CAREERS DAY SPEAKER. In 2018, nearly 40 OPs and parents across a wide range of career sectors came to Pangbourne to speak to current Sixth Formers. Volunteers sat on Q&A panels and met Sixth Formers in an informal networking session to give advice and guidance. If you would like to donate a few hours of your time and expertise to help our current pupils, please get in touch.
VOLUNTEER INTERVIEWER. Continuing the theme of careers help, each year the College runs a 'Mock Interview' Day for Lower Sixth, normally in June. We require OPs and parents with experience in interviewing to help put our Sixth Formers (gently) through their paces. Please do get in touch if you can help.
GENERAL STUDIES SPEAKER. If you are an OP or parent doing interesting things, and you would like to share your story with current pupils, please do get in touch. There are opportunities throughout the academic year to speak to pupils in their 'General Studies' lecture series, which introduces thought-provoking topics, interesting speakers and topical discussions.
What words do I associate with rowing? Commitment, organisation and teamwork. - Captain of Boats 2017-18
For more than 60 years, rowing has been part of Pangbourne College life. Nearly a third of the pupil body row each year, with over 140 boys and girls taking to the water from Form 3 through Upper Sixth.
For a school our size we have performed very well. Very few schools have won the Princess Elizabeth Cup at Henley Royal Regatta even once; we have done it four times, in 1963, 1971, 1992 and 2003. We have consistently developed Junior International rowers in summer racing seasons, and several Old Pangbournians have gone on to full international representation.
We are fortunate to have one of the best stretches of rowing water in the country; a scenic, protected and unbroken seven kilometre stretch of the Thames.
But, nearly every Pangbournian rower of nearly every generation will recognise the existing Boat Club facilities as nearly identical to what was there when they were at the College. The Boat Club is far too small for the number of pupils using it daily, and does not adequately reflect the co-educational nature of the sport. The buildings and facilities are in need of extensive renovation.
Upgrading the Boat Club is long overdue, given its contribution to the College's success. - OP and former Princess Elizabeth Cup Winner
The College Governors have committed to annual investment in the Boat Club, to include upgrading equipment over time and excellent coaching. Capital funding has been set aside for other projects in the College. However, renovations to the Boat Club buildings are not included in these commitments.
The existing Boat Club is functional, but it is too small and needs refurbishment. The plans, therefore, are practical, whilst at the same time 'future-proofing' the club to include greater numbers of rowers and storage space, dedicated space for club meetings and indoor training, and facilities to accommodate external lets in the future.
Supporting this project is our way of giving back to the school and ensuring Pangbourne continues to punch above its weight in a brilliant sport. - Current College parent
We are asking the support of our Pangbourne community: Old Pangbournians, parents and former parents, to help us create a Boat Club which will reflect the importance of rowing to the College's heritage and future.
We need your help to raise £1.25 million over the next two years. Gifts of all sizes will help us reach the total, so do consider giving what feels comfortable for you. You can give a one-off gift or a regular gift, and if you are a UK taxpayer we can claim an additional 25% from HMRC for Gift Aid.
For example, if you choose to give £25 per month for three years, the total value of your gift to College, including Gift Aid we claim, would be £1,125 - a very generous gift for the cost of a monthly takeaway meal. And, if you are a higher-rate taxpayer, you can also claim back some of the tax in your annual return, making the total cost to you only £675.
If you would like to discuss this project further, please get in touch with Karen Hartshorn, Director of Development.
"Gifts in wills are very important to the College; they will help us plan a certain future for the College, and allow young people to enjoy and benefit from the Pangbourne experience."Headmaster, mr tHOMAS gARNIER
Our Focus for Pangbourne
We aim to make the Pangbourne experience accessible to as many children and young people as possible. Therefore, unless otherwise specified, any legacy gift, no matter the size, will be put towards a fund which will allow future generations to benefit from an education here at the College.
A Gift That Changes Lives
In 2017, Pangbourne College was fortunate to receive two unexpected legacy gifts: one from an OP, the other from an Honorary OP. Over £300,000 was donated to Pangbourne via these two generous gifts. They enabled us to complete two major capital refurbishment projects in 2018, and now hundreds of current pupils and staff are benefiting from improved teaching facilities on a daily basis. For this, we thank them and their families.
The Sir Philip Devitt Society
Formed in 2018, The Sir Philip Devitt Society (or 'Devitt Society' for short) has been formed to recognise and honour those members of the Pangbourne community who plan to remember the College in their will and indicate this to the College.
The name of the Devitt Society is in recognition of the contribution of the Devitt family, who through their own commitment to the school built a foundation which is now into its second century.
Anyone who signals their intention to make a legacy pledge by clicking on the pledge button above will be invited to join the Sir Philip Devitt Society.
Want to know more?
For more information, or to discuss any aspect of leaving a legacy, please get in touch with the Director of Development, Karen Hartshorn. You can also download information and legacy forms or click the pledge button.
Participating in a community event is one of the best ways to get involved with the Pangbourne Community. There are a number of events each year which are run either by the College or one of our volunteer groups. While new events may be added in any particular year, the calendar below gives you a broad overview of the types of events you can expect.
Please just email the Development Office if you would like more information on any of the events below.
|September||The first College Sunday of the academic year falls this month.|
|October||The PPA New Parents' Drinks is a great way to welcome new parents. The PPA Ball, a great night out for all parents, falls around now too. The OP Society AGM occurs at College, and all are welcome to the second College Sunday of the year. Finally, the College choir and Colour party perform at the Annual National Seafarers Service at St. Paul's Cathedral.|
|November||Remembrance Sunday is a moving and reflective day for the community. There is also a very popular POPs lunch immediately after the service.|
|December||The PPA Christmas Bazaar is an excellent way to get your Christmas shopping started early. Celebrate the end of Michaelmas Term with the Dunbar and Senior Christmas Carol Services.|
|February||The major Drama production of the year performs over three nights in February just before half term.|
|March||There is normally a College Sunday in March, to which all members of the Pangbourne community are welcome. We also ask for the help of parent and OP volunteers to make our Sixth Form Careers Day a success.|
|April||The OP Society Annual Dinner normally falls around this month. Every other year it is held at the College.|
|May||May Revels is an informal and fun music concert, to which all members of the community are welcome.|
|June||Join us on the last Saturday of half term for what is becoming an annual tradition: the Pangbourne Classic Car Show.|
|July||Henley Royal Regatta, with an OP Drinks Party and other gatherings, is a great part of the social calendar. Founders' Day and the Leavers' Ball are suitable celebratory finales to a busy school year.|
|August||Have a well-earned rest and prepare for the next year!|
The Pangbourne Centenary Charity was founded during the 2016-17 Centenary Year. It has two main aims:
- To support local charities which focus on child and youth development, particularly on projects which enrich the educational (in the broadest sense of the word) environment.
- To support our ongoing partnership with the Nabugabo Community Learning Centre in Uganda.
To date, nearly £40,000 has been raised for the Pangbourne Centenary Charity, and in May 2018 we were delighted to announce our first two grants to local organisations.
The Footsteps Centre, based in Wallingford, offers therapy and rehabilitation for disabled children. Our grant will enable them to offer their 'Spider' therapy, improving mobility and posture for disabled children.
Aspire2 is a charity based in Whitley, south Reading. It aims to provide enriching and educational experiences for children from the Whitley Excellence Cluster of schools. The grant from the Centenary Charity will be used to stage a poetry competition across the 11 schools.
The next funding round will open in early 2019, and an application form will be available on this webpage.
The College aims to make the Pangbourne experience accessible to a wide range of pupils, including those who might not normally be able to afford the fees. We are limited on the amount of means-tested financial help we can give, purely because the income we receive from fees is needed to provide the rich educational experience our pupils receive.
Over the next few years, we aim to widen access to a Pangbourne education. If you think you might be able to help support a child through some or all of their time at Pangbourne, please let us know. We would be delighted to hear your story and learn how you could help.
One way in which we aim to grow a fund to provide financial assistance is through the provision of gifts in wills. We welcome a discussion with any Pangoburnian considering remembering the College in their will. Please look for more information about leaving a legacy in the tab above.