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The Devitt Legacy Society was formed in 2017 on the occasion of the College's Centenary in honour of Sir Philip Devitt, to allow the Headmaster and staff to thank all those that have made for, or are considering leaving a legacy in their Will to the College.

Sir Philip Devitt, Chair of Governors 1921-1946, was third son of founder Sir Thomas Lane Devitt, a member of the family business Devitt & Moore Ocean Training Ships, and a key figure in lobbying and organising the creation of the Nautical College. No single individual in the history of the College did more to ensure its character, survival and growth than Sir Philip Devitt, and it is in his honour that individuals continue to give generously today.

The Devitt Legacy Society meets annually at a special event to hear from the Headmaster and senior staff about the College’s progress. It also gives the opportunity to acknowledge the generosity of those that give during their lifetime. Membership is offered to those that indicate that they have made, or intend making, provision for Pangbourne in their Will.

Many independent schools are reliant upon the support of endowments, and it may come as no surprise that Pangbourne is not a wealthy or well-endowed school and we do not have the cushion necessary to achieve all our aspirations. By leaving a legacy to Pangbourne, you will be helping us to ensure that the vision of the Devitt Family can continue for the benefit of future generations of Pangbournians.

Gifts left to Pangbourne are highly tax effective and in the future are likely to provide substantial funds to support the College’s longer term development objectives. We understand that it is not practical for many to offer Pangbourne financial support during their lifetime and a legacy may be more appropriate.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Devitt Legacy Society, please contact Tim Hamilton in the Development Office.

Our Focus for Pangbourne

We aim to make the Pangbourne experience accessible to as many children and young people as possible. Though currently 15% of our pupils receive bursaries, it is our aim to increase this to 20% by 2026 and beyond. Therefore, unless otherwise specified, any legacy gift, no matter the size, will be put towards the Peter Points Bursary 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.

Legal Advice

We always recommend that you should seek legal advice, however, the Development Office is happy to provide initial guidance and provide you with the necessary forms should you wish to take this approach.

"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