CHRIST COLLEGE BRECON – A Place of Learning Since 1541
Christ College is one of the oldest and consistently most successful schools in Wales. It was founded in 1541 by Henry VIII and occupies an enviable site on the outskirts of Brecon, a safe, small market town in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The School buildings reflect the schools ancient past as well as its determination to provide the best modern facilities possible for its pupils. The Chapel and Dining Hall, both in daily use, date from the 13th Century when the site was occupied by a Dominican Priory.
At Christ College we know that academic results open doors, so we are committed to helping every individual maximise their achievement in this area.
The 2014/15 started academic year with strong growth in pupil numbers and with exciting plans both for the new academic year and beyond. Recent A level results saw 79% of all A Level grades at A*-B with an overall A*-E pass rate of 100%. 50 % of pupils achieved AAB grades or better and 51% of all entries were graded at A*/A.These results formed the basis for pupils’ successes in gaining places on a range of prestigious courses, from 3 places to study Engineering at Oxford to Medicine at Cardiff, Newcastle and Birmingham. Perhaps unsurprisingly, in the light of this, Maths and Science were among the top performing subject areas in the school. In Maths 42% of candidates achieved A* grades, and Further Maths and Physics were among those subjects where 100% of pupils achieved A*- B grades.
However, these were not the only areas of strength; Economics, Music and French also produced 100% A*-B grades and Photography saw no fewer than 10 of 13 entries gaining A* grades.
Christ College recently announced an exciting investment programme designed to bring significant benefits to its pupils and the local community. A £2m Creative Arts Centre was opened in 2013 and plans for a new Junior Section at Christ College reach fruition in September 2014 with the opening of St Nicholas House, a day school for pupils age 7 - 10. Head of Christ College Emma Taylor said: "For many years Christ College has considered opening a junior school, or junior section. Families of our current pupils perceive Christ College as a community - a friendly environment with a strong emphasis on pastoral care, support and guidance. We feel that now is the right time to extend our school to a wider age range and to share the values we promote with a younger generation. We aim to encourage good manners, mutual respect and tolerance, and to engender curiosity, hard work and a willingness to get involved in the community."
It is important also to stress that these academic achievements should be seen against a background of Christ College pupils’ full engagement to a high standard in sport, music, drama and other pastoral contributions to the life of the school community.
The extensive playing fields, a floodlit Astroturf all weather surface, an indoor fitness suite as part of a modern leisure complex means that team sports and individual sports take place throughout the week. In the last 3 years there have been 30 International Squad members in 10 different sports.
So why don’t you come along and see for yourself how Christ College offers academic excellence, a happy and purposeful environment with cultural and sporting opportunities which make for the best and broadest education.