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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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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 upon request. There is a separate admissions process for International Students which you can read about below.

Pupils must take Entrance Examinations, either at the College or, if applicable, at their Prep Schools, and students entering Sixth Form are expected to have at least five grade 4 GCSEs (formerly Cs in the previous grading structure).

A limited amount of scholarships are awarded to talented students each year.

The College also offers a limited number of awards for Sixth Form entrants to the College for excellence in the following fields:

  • Academic study
  • Art, Music and Drama
  • Sport

The Admissions Registrar deals with all applications to Pangbourne College - for all Admissions queries, please email Admissions@pangbourne.com.

 

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Entry Points

11+ (Year 7) Entry

Key Dates and Process

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Prospective pupils will be required to take computer based tests in English, Mathematics and Reasoning Skills. An interview will be held with a senior member of staff and candidates are required to provide copies of recent school reports.

We will ask for a reference from the candidate’s current school and once the assessment process is complete, we will notify parents and guardians with offers of places which will need to be formally accepted.

Admission at other stages may be possible, places permitting - please contact the Registrar on 0118 976 7415. 

Dunbar

Dunbar is Pangbourne's Junior House, catering for boys and girls in Forms 1 and 2. Students are taught in small classes, meaning there is more time for teachers to devote to each pupil.

In contrast to the rest of the school, there are no Saturday lessons for Dunbar students and they do not take part in parades. They also wear a different uniform consisting of grey trousers or skirt, a navy blazer, a white shirt and a College tie. These differences are one way in which the small, co-educational Junior House 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. During the Michaelmas Term of Form 1, pupils study short courses in French, German and Spanish so they can make an informed choice as to which one of those to continue to study from January onwards. Pupils may have the option, dependent upon pupil interest and on staffing, to continue studying a second Modern Foreign Language off timetable in Form 1 and 2.

Other subjects studied in Form 1 and 2 are: Mathematics, English, Science, Geography, History, 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 and their entry tests. One group should have the support of a teaching assistant in some lessons.

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13+ (Year 9) Entry

Key Dates and Process

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Prospective pupils will be required to take computer based tests in English, Mathematics and Reasoning Skills. An interview will be held with a senior member of staff and candidates are required to provide copies of recent school reports.

We will ask for a reference from the candidate’s current school and once the assessment process is complete, we will notify parents and guardians with offers of places which will need to be formally accepted.

Admission at other stages may be possible, places permitting - please contact the Registrar on 0118 976 7415.  

KS4 Curriculum

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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Find out more about

International Students

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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