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Dunbar is Pangbourne's Junior House, catering for boys and girls in Forms 1 and 2.  The Junior House is located in quiet surroundings, overlooking beautiful land and providing a purpose-built hub for the students to rest, play and board.

The House is only a short walk from the rest of the Pangbourne College campus where the Dunbar pupils make full use of and enjoy all of the teaching rooms and facilities.

Dunbar aims to foster a sense of belonging and responsibility in its pupils and prides itself on developing the confidence of young boys and girls, giving them a firm foundation they can build upon as they move up through Pangbourne.

The experienced team of Junior House staff and teachers support pupils' transition from primary or prep school to senior school by creating a happy atmosphere in which students are encouraged to be confident.

Dunbar pupils have their own playing field, called the Piggeries, and can make the most of the facilities such as the table football, pool table and 50” TV in the House.

Dunbar is named after one of the clipper ships belonging to the Devitt and Moore shipping company that first set up Pangbourne as a Nautical College in 1917 before it took the name Pangbourne College and then later became a co-educational school.

More on Dunbar

What are the 'Watches'?

Dunbar is split into our Watches [Houses] – Port, Starboard, Forward and Aft– which compete against each other in Dunbar Challenges.  The Watch colours are Red for Port, Green for Starboard, Yellow for Forward and Blue for Aft. 

The Watches compete against each other in Dunbar Challenges – competitions held twice a term designed to encourage pupils to work together as a team.

Each Watch has a Watch Captain (Form 2 prefect) and Form 2 students can be Dunbar Buddies (the equivalent of a peer mentor) which provides early leadership opportunities for the students.

The Watches also compete for the title of 'Smartest Watch' every Tuesday when they have their uniform inspection.

Opportunities for Dunbar

The House's overall aim is to nurture a life-long love of challenge and learning within the students, who are exposed to a vast amount of opportunities over their two years.

All the pupils sing in the Dunbar choir, with many playing a musical instrument and taking part in concerts and recitals.

There are numerous, varied Dunbar trips arranged throughout the course of the two years, such as visits to the Royal Windsor Horse Show, the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and mudlarking on the banks of the River Thames.

Form 2 enjoy a series of dedicated events organised to celebrate their time in Dunbar such as a camping expedition and formal dinner.

Teaching and Learning

Dunbar students are taught in small classes, meaning there is more time for teachers to devote to each pupil.

House points are awarded during lessons for excellent academic endeavour with the Dunbar Cup being awarded to the Watch with the most number of points at the end of the year.

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.

Meet the Housemaster and the Team


  • Dr Ian Hart first joined Pangbourne in 2013. He lives in the Division with his wife, Dr Jo Hart, who is a Teacher of Science at the College and also has long experience of being a Dunbar Visiting Tutor. They are both University of Bristol alumni. Dr Ian Hart joined Pangbourne from The Oratory, where he was head of Physics for 10 years. He has also taught Science at St. Edward's School, Oxford for eight years. The Harts' youngest daughter Rosie has just completed two years in Dunbar and from September 2017 enters Form 3, whilst eldest daughter Madelaine begins life in the Lower Sixth in September 2017.

Assistant Housemistress

  • Miss Emma Green is a Teacher of Art and, as well as assisting with the academic and pastoral care of the pupils once a week, Miss Green runs arts and crafts activities for the pupils.


  • Mrs Margaret May plays a vital role in the pastoral care of the pupils.

Visiting Tutors

  • Dr Jo Hart
  • Mr Andy Thornhill


  • Mrs Lisa Andrews