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‘It is so much more liberal than at my previous school,’ said a sixth form student. ‘It’s not constrained by the syllabus – it’s learning for the sake of learning. It really allows you to get a proper understanding outside the exam baselines.’ Pupils tend to internalise that love of learning. ‘They read and they question and they challenge,’ says the head. ‘In my first lesson one asked me, “Where is the evidence?” I’d never been asked that before.’

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Physics at an English Independent School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Electronics at an English Independent School (GCSE)

Curricula

Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

Sports

Rowing

Fencing

Shooting

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head master

Since September 2014, Patrick Derham MA (50s), previously head of Rugby School. At 12, he was sent to live and study on the naval training ship Arethusa, run by the children’s charity Shaftesbury Homes to prepare young men for the navy. Two years later the ship was abruptly sold due to financial difficulties and, with a day’s notice and little idea what a public school was, he arrived at Pangbourne College on a bursary. He eventually became head of school and read history at Cambridge (first class degree), and feels ‘my life was transformed by education.’

Taught at Cheam School and then Radley, where he was head of history and a housemaster for ‘12 very happy years’ before being advised by the warden there to go straight for a headship....

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Special Education Needs

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Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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