Pangbourne is a distinctive school. No other school in the UK has the privilege of wearing Royal Naval officer cadet uniform, and pupils wear it every day with pride. Founded in 1917 as Pangbourne Nautical College, it originally prepared boys to be officers in the Merchant Navy, but as the merchant fleet dwindled it became a training ground for many Royal Navy
officers. In 1969, with many boys by then choosing university as a first step beyond school, it shed much of the nautical training in favour of a more traditional academic focus, and became Pangbourne College.
Many aspects of the College’s unique history are preserved today through ceremonial but the most important one is the continuing emphasis on leadership, self-discipline and service. These ideas may at first sound old-fashioned, but we believe that they represent the fundamental basis upon which a young person can find their place in the modern world. They contain all the elements of what is needed to become a good citizen.
This is a school whose ethos and culture is very strong, and pupils here are confident and happy.