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Pupils parade in their number one (ceremonial) uniforms eight times per year. 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. Pangbourne has its own distinctive vocabulary, much of it nautical. Study bedrooms are cabins, house common rooms are gunrooms, the dining hall is the mess hall and casual clothes are always referred to as scruff...

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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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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Art & Design at an English Independent School (GCE A level)



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



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Since 2005, Thomas Garnier BSc PGCE (40s). 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 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.

Dedicated, energetic and keen to listen to pupils’ views, he still manages to fit in some physics teaching and runs the naval section of Pangbourne’s CCF. He describes Pangbourne pupils as ‘good, solid citizens who are prepared to work hard and willing to participate.’ Makes a point of being out and about...

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