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Pangbourne College

In their own words

Established in 1917, Pangbourne College has a wonderful history to celebrate and many unique traditions to be proud of.

Sir Thomas Lane Devitt founded Pangbourne College as ‘The Nautical College, Pangbourne’ with a vision to train boys to become Merchant Navy officers. Whilst this was the primary purpose of the school, he and his son Sir Philip Devitt were also committed to providing a well-rounded education for the boys to enable them to pursue other career options if they changed their minds about going to sea.

In 1969, the College adopted the name it has today and shifted its focus to academic progress. The captain superintendent was replaced with a civilian headmaster to reflect this, and in 1996 the College became co-educational.


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