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Admissions

'Happiness' is a word you hear a lot here, the ethos being that if youngsters are happy then their self-worth and academics will follow.

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Choosing the right school for your child is an important decision, and our Admissions team is always ready to answer your questions and guide you through the admissions process. Naturally, the best way to get a feel for the College is to visit, and we would be delighted to arrange this on an individual basis, or to meet you at one of our Open Mornings.

Pangbourne welcomes applications from children from any educational background. Our priority during the admissions process is to ensure that pupils are able to benefit positively from the curriculum and facilities on offer, and to enjoy academic and personal success in the future.

There are three main points of entry into the College – 11+ (Form 1), 13+ (Form 3) and 16+ (Sixth Form). Admission may be possible at other ages depending on place availability. Day, part boarding (four nights), weekly boarding (six nights) and full boarding places are available.

Pupils must take entrance examinations, either at the College or, if applicable, at their prep schools, and students entering Sixth Form are also expected to have at least five grade 4 GCSEs (formerly Cs in the previous grading structure).

A limited number of scholarships are awarded to talented students each year at Form 3 entry (or Music or Sport exhibitions for Form 1 entry). These are available for Academic, Sport, Music, Art, Drama and Design Technology. The College also offers a limited number of awards for Sixth Form entrants to the College for excellence in these fields.

The Admissions Registrar deals with all applications to Pangbourne College. For all Admissions queries, please email admissions@pangbourne.com or call 0118 976 7415.

 

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Entry Points

11+ (Year 7) Entry

Key Dates and Process

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In Years 7 and 8, pupils are part of Dunbar, our co-educational junior house.

After registering with Pangbourne first, prospective pupils will be invited to come to Pangbourne for an assessment day which will include computer based tests in English, Mathematics and reasoning skills. They will also have an interview with a senior member of staff, and will take part in a variety of activity-based assessments. 

Before the assessment day, candidates are asked to provide copies of recent school reports, and we will also seek a reference from their current school. 

Once the assessment process is complete, we will notify parents and guardians with offers of places which will need to be formally accepted.

Our Key Dates summary will provide you with further information about each step of the process, but please do get in touch with any queries.

Admission at Year 8 may be possible, space permitting. Please do contact the Registrar if you would like to discuss this.

Dunbar

 

Dunbar is Pangbourne's Junior House, providing children in Forms 1 and 2 (Years 7 and 8) with a quiet, stand-alone place to rest and play. Students are taught in small classes, meaning there is more time for teachers to devote to each pupil.

Dunbar pupils do not take part in parades. They wear a different uniform, consisting of grey trousers or skirt, a navy blazer, a white shirt and a College tie. These slight differences from the rest of the College allow our small, co-educational junior house to provide a reassuring aids the transition of pupils from primary school to senior secondary school.

KS3 Curriculum

In Form 1 and 2 (Year 7 and 8) the College offers a curriculum which reflects, but is not determined by either the National Curriculum or Common Entrance.

Form 1 and 2 pupils study 13 subjects. These are: Mathematics, English, Science, Geography, History, a Modern Foreign Language (either French, German or Spanish), Art, Drama, Music, Computing, Design Technology (DT), Religious Studies (RS), and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE).

In Form 1 and 2, only Mathematics is taught in ability-based sets.

On entry to Form 1, pupils are placed in one of two groups. Which group they join is determined by information from their previous schools, their entry and initial baseline tests when they have started at the College. One group will normally have the support of a teaching assistant in core subject lessons.

In Form 3 (Year 9), pupils joining the College will have normally sat Common Entrance exams. Those results, alongside information gathered from a pupil's previous school, help place individuals into sets in relevant subjects.

Pupils are set broadly by ability in Mathematics, English, Science and Humanities. For practical subjects, classes are of mixed ability.

Studying Latin is also an option in Form 3, but is currently taught off timetable.

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13+ (Year 9) Entry

Key Dates and Process

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Prospective pupils must be registered with Pangbourne first, after which they will be required to take computer based tests in English, Mathematics and reasoning skills in the Autumn Term of their Year 6. For children at prep schools, this will be the ISEB Common Pre-Test and will be taken in their current school. All children will then be invited to come to Pangbourne for an assessment day, during which they have an interview with a senior member of staff and take part in various team activities. 

Before the assessment day, candidates are asked to provide copies of recent school reports, and we will also seek a reference from their current school. 

Once the assessment process is complete, we will notify parents and guardians with offers of places which will need to be formally accepted. Offers will no longer be conditional on passing Common Entrance or other similar exams, such as the Prep School Baccalaureate (PSB). However, end of Year 8 grades will be sought from schools, for setting purposes.

Our Key Dates summary will provide you with further information about each step of the process, but please do get in touch with any queries.

Admission at Form 4 (Year 10) may be possible, places permitting. Please do contact the Registrar if you would like to discuss this.  

 

KS4 Curriculum

In Form 3 (Year 9), pupils choose their GCSE options.

At KS4, it is best to think of the curriculum as having two parts: a compulsory core and then an options system.

In the compulsory core:

  • Everyone will study English Language and English Literature to IGCSE
  • Everyone will study Mathematics to IGCSE
  • Everyone will choose between Combined Science (which counts for two GCSEs) and three separate Sciences.
  • It is not possible to study two separate Sciences. The Science department will make recommendations in advance of the February parents’ meeting as to whether you are advised to follow a combined science or separate science route.
  • Everyone will work towards completing an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification)
  • Everyone will follow a non-examined programme of PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health, and Citizenship Education)

Pupils need to choose a total of six subjects – English, Maths and PSHCE/EPQ have already been put into
their timetable so they must choose six in addition to those subjects.

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International Students

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Life for International Students at Pangbourne

Sending your child to a boarding school in the UK is a big decision, but one that will reap many benefits for your son or daughter. Pangbourne is a modern, mixed day and boarding school that offers an all-round education, developing individuals as a whole person which is reflected in the College’s seven core flag values: Industry, Initiative, Integrity, Kindness, Moral Courage, Resilience, Selflessness.

Our outstanding pastoral care is teamed with academic staff who nurture students to enable them to go out into the world with confidence. The ‘Divisions’ - a house system here at the College - not only create a community feel, but mirror ‘family life’ and act as a home away from home for Boarders.

We offer a wide range of weekend activities throughout the term for all Boarders to take part in, so International students are well-integrated with students from the UK. The programme enables them to try out all sorts of new activities both on and off campus, and visit various places. Previous trips include days out in London, theatre visits, museums, paintballing, ice skating, Thorpe Park, Go-Karting and a festive visit to Winchester Christmas Market, while the College has hosted evenings with magic, fire breathing and inflatables on site.

12% of our students are international pupils, coming from a wide range of countries such as  the USA, Belgium, Bosnia, Canada, China, Germany, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkmenistan and Ukraine

The Admissions Process

All pupils are tested before entry to ensure they have a suitable level of English to participate widely in the life of the College and perform ably in GCSE and A Level courses.

All overseas students must take English and Mathematics tests before a place can be offered by the College.

The letter sent by Admissions offering pupils a place at the College states that pupils will be expected to take English as an Additional Language lessons if necessary at an extra cost.

Students with English as an Additional Language will be assessed according to their national qualifications and language skills.

On arrival at the College, new pupils are retested and extra support with specialist EAL teachers is offered on a small group or individual basis, according to need, to help students to reach their full potential and to gain the necessary English qualifications required for entry into the Sixth Form or University.

English language skills are developed in the four areas of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and by expanding vocabulary, grammar and cultural awareness. Particular emphasis is placed on communicative skills. In addition, support may be given for other academic areas as the need arises.

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