St Andrew's School, Pangbourne
(Latin: "We seek higher things")
|Type||Independent preparatory school
Day and boarding
|Religion||Church of England|
|Headmaster||Dr David Livingstone|
|Founder||R. W. Robertson-Glasgow|
The school was founded in 1934 as a boarding school for boys. In 1961 it became a non-profit-making body under a board of governors, and in 1971 it first admitted girls, going on to become fully co-educational.
The school's main building is a listed Victorian Gothic country house called 'Buckhold', designed by Alfred Waterhouse set in fifty-four acres of woods and playing fields. Newer buildings include a sports hall and a music centre, a pre-prep building and a purpose-built nursery.
In 1991, Catherine Middleton, who was then attending the school, first saw her future husband Prince William when he was part of a Ludgrove School hockey team that came to play a match at St Andrew's.
Together with its 'Pre-Prep – Early Years' department, the school now educates girls and boys aged between three and thirteen. On leaving St Andrew's children go on to a wide variety of secondary schools, especially Pangbourne College and Bradfield College. In 2011, there were 266 children at the school, of whom 155 were boys and 111 were girls.
The school has a Christian ethos, and its chapel services are reported to be "broadly Anglican in style". The most important religious event of the school year is the Advent Carol Service, which because of the numbers attending is held not at the school but in the larger chapel of nearby Bradfield College.
Scholarships are awarded to some children above the age of eleven, based on merit. St Andrew's has a School Council to involve its children in decisions affecting them.
Notable former pupils
Former students of the school are called "Old St Andrew's", and there is an OSA Association.
- Adrian Liddell Hart, author and adventurer
- John le Carré (David Cornwell), spy fiction writer
- Howard Hodgkin, artist
- J. K. Brunner, author
- Adam Hart-Davis, broadcaster
- Will Lyons (born 1976), journalist, broadcaster and wine writer
- Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wife of Prince William
- Pippa Middleton, party planner
- 1934 - 1954: R. W. Robertson-Glasgow
- 1934 - 1945: Bill Ward-Clark
- 1945 - 1975: Jack Llewellyn-Smith
- 1952 - 1970: Rodney Stebbing
- 1949 - 1952: Bill Berkley
- 1975(?)- 1985: Bill Phillips
- 1985 - 1995: Bob Acheson
- 1995 - 2008: Jeremy Snow
- 2009 – : Dr David Livingstone
- Donald P. Leinster-Mackay, The Rise of the English Prep School (1984), p. 340
- ISI Report, March 2011, online
- Daily Telegraph Reporter, Kate Middleton 'first laid eyes on Prince William as a 10-year-old schoolgirl' dated 27 November 2010 at telegraph.co.uk
- Chapel page at standrewspangbourne.co.uk
- St Andrew's Celebrates the Royal Wedding at standrewspangbourne.co.uk
- OSA page of St Andrew's School web site
- LIDDELL HART, Adrian John (1922-1991) at aim25.ac.uk, accessed 3 May 2011
- Harold Bloom, John le Carré (Chelsea House, 1987), p. 165
- Julian Knight, The Royal Wedding for Dummies (2011), p. 10
- Nick Curtis, Everything you never knew about Pippa Middleton dated 10 May 2011 at thisislondon.co.uk/lifestyle, accessed 29 April 2012
- Patrick W. Montague-Smith, Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (Debrett's Peerage Ltd., 1980), p. 200: "William Anthony Nugent, 13th Earl... Assist. Master, St Andrew's Sch., Pangbourne".