Pangbourne offers a challenging academic curriculum and plenty of co-curricular opportunities for sport, art, music, drama and adventurous training, so that each individual fulfils their potential and develops confidence, values and skills to make a positive difference to the world
There are three main points of entry into the College – 11+ (Form 1), 13+ (Form 3) and 16+ (Sixth Form).
Their extensive Activities Programme provides pupils with something different to do outside of their normal timetable, at least once a week.
The English as an Additional Language (EAL) Department helps to fully integrate all pupils whose first language is not English into the academic, sporting, artistic and social aspects of school life by helping them to develop their English language skills. Pupils are encouraged to contribute to the school community and to be proud of their own culture.
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.
Ensuring equality of access to the curriculum includes appropriate exam concessions. Pupils whose first language is not English are entitled to use a bi- lingual paper dictionary in public examinations and those who have been in the country for less than two years are also entitled to up to 25% additional time.
Pangbourne has just over 460 pupils and over 200 boarders.
Pangbourne offers 30 A Level and BTEC subjects and most students choose four. The majority will also undertake an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), Core Maths or other additional qualification.
A Level exams are sat at the end of the two years in Sixth Form, however, we hold internal exams in the Summer Term of Lower Sixth and trial exams in January of Upper Sixth to help students prepare.
In Year 9, pupils choose their GCSE options to take forward into Years 10 and 11. The benefits of our small class sizes are most evident in the GCSE years, where they give staff the time to prepare pupils for their first experience of public exams.
Boarders at Pangbourne belong to a warm, close-knit community where they are empowered to grasp a whole range of opportunities on offer.
They develop independence and learn vital skills to thrive in our increasingly global world. Our flourishing atmosphere is one where every individual is known, valued and inspired to follow their passions.
Pupil wellbeing and pastoral care is incredibly important to them at Pangbourne. In an increasingly complex, fast-paced world we ensure that all individual pupils are supported during their time with them and develop positive strategies to take care of themselves throughout life’s inevitable ups and downs.
Learning Support (LS) is a resource which can be drawn upon by any pupil requiring support – long term, short term or occasional. The school's support is not confined simply to those diagnosed with a specific learning need.
The Learning Support Department is comprised of fully qualified teachers who are led by Susan Cohen, the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO). The teachers are specialists in the teaching of pupils with specific learning needs. Support is available for: