I think it’s incumbent on all of us who work in the independent sector to ensure that the pupils recognise that with good fortune comes responsibility to give back.
There are a number of ways members of our community can support our fantastic educational offerings.
Peter Points Bursary Fund
At the heart of our identity as an education charity lies bursaries. We are committed to helping pupils from all backgrounds access a Pangbourne education, and to achieve this mission we have the Peter Points Bursary Fund, set up in honour of our Headmaster Peter Points who retired in 1988.
All bursaries and fee remissions are reliant on fee income. For this reason we rely on our community’s support to provide this financial assistance. Fee bursaries not only support the education of pupils at Pangbourne but also enable us to redirect other funds raised into campus development projects, improving our provision for everyone.
As well as donations, Pangbourne accepts gifts generously left to the College in wills through the Devitt Legacy Society.
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.
Support our bursary programme by filling out one of our forms. Donations don’t have to be a lot: small, regular donations can make a huge impact! 150 people giving just £20 a month plus gift aid could fund a whole bursary for a year.
Our bursary policy is reviewed on an annual basis to account for the latest guidance from the Charity Commission and other relevant factors. The scheme covers entrance bursaries for new pupils and assists parents on low incomes or who are otherwise unable to send their child to the school due to their financial situation. Hardship bursaries are also included for existing pupils who find themselves unable to pay full fees.
Bursaries are entirely means-tested and are awarded on an annual basis to financially eligible parents who fully meet application requirements.
Our current Development Plan was published in 2018. Developing our campus to ensure our facilities remain of the highest quality for our pupils depends on the generosity of donors.
Part of our Development Plan was the aim to develop excellent educational, extracurricular and boarding facilities. We are now working on a ‘Campus Masterplan’ to outline plans for ongoing campus improvements for the next 20 years.
Our current project is to raise funds to refurbish our Boat Club, with an aim of raising £1.25m over the next two years.
- Jubilee Astroturf Pitch (2021) (£300k): all funds for this were raised by the College. The pitch will be redeveloped over the summer of 2021 with fencing and lighting improvements, and a new carpet.
- Study Area (2019) (£1.2m): £200k for this project was donated by Cdr R G Covington as part of a Legacy bequest, with the remaining £1m raised by the College. Improvements included: a new heating system, new windows, new doors, new fire and safety detection devices, new IT equipment, and classroom refurbishment.
- Science Block (2018) (£150k): £100k for this project was donated by Cdr R G Covington as part of a Legacy bequest, with the remaining £50k raised by the College. Improvements included: new exterior cladding, new landscaping, new windows and a new courtyard area.
- Swimming Pool (2018): Improvements to our swimming facilities included: a new plant to heat and circulate water more effectively, pool depth reconfiguration to meet international standards, complete relining of the pool, a new lido, new outdoor showers, new fencing, changing room refurbishment, and a new reception and entrance hall.
- Harding Communications Centre (2012) (£2m): Funds for this project were raised as a collective effort thanks to the following generous gifts: £250k from The David and Claudia Harding Foundation, £150k bequest from the Harry Sykes Memorial Trust, £150k from the Steljes Family, £100k from the Bakhir Family, £50k from the Golding Family, and £1m raised by The Pangbournian Society.