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International Students

What is boarding life like at Pangbourne College?


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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