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Students parade in their number one (ceremonial) uniforms eight times a year, with practice every Friday morning. Uniforms have to be immaculate and shoes polished. A guest of honour inspects the whole school on the vast parade ground and takes the salute as pupils march past. ‘It’s not always massively popular with the younger ones, but the older ones start to realise what an amazing thing it is.' Pangbourne has its own distinctive vocabulary, much of it nautical...

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What the school says...

Pangbourne offers a challenging all-round education, embracing academic rigour and a diversity of sport, music and extra-curricular activities in a small school environment where every child can shine.
Set in 230 acres of Berkshire countryside west of Reading and just minutes from the M4, the College provides a superb quality of life in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Running through the heart of College life are our seven Flag Values of Kindness, Selflessness, Moral Courage, Initiative, Industry, Resilience and Integrity.
They underpin everything we do as a school. Students and parents take pride in being part of the College and are made to feel involved and valued in its close-knit community.
The ultimate aim is to provide a holistic well-rounded education, focusing on leadership and character development, to ensure our pupils are well equipped to make a valuable contribution to society.
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Sports

Polo

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

Rowing

Fencing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmaster

Since 2005, Thomas Garnier BSc PGCE (50s). Educated at Sandroyd and Radley, read physics at Bristol and was a seaman officer in the Royal Navy for seven years. He left the navy ‘for love’ after meeting his wife Alexandra (who’s also very involved in school life, including running events such as an annual piano festival) and trained as a teacher. Did PGCE at Oxford, followed by first teaching job at King Alfred’s, high performing state school in Wantage, Oxfordshire. Spent 10 years at Abingdon School, where he progressed to housemaster and then head of boarding.

We found him - sporting traditional attire with socks that Jon Snow would be proud of - animated, affable and reassuringly enthusiastic about students having their say (which made it all the more surprising that the...

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Special Education Needs

A well staffed learning support centre ensures that students who need extra subject specific exam preparation or general academic support are well catered for. Prospective families are encouraged to enquire about learning support when scheduling a visit or tour of the College.

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