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  • Christ College, Brecon
    LD3 8AF
  • Head: Gareth Pearson
  • T 01874 615440
  • F 01874 615475
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 4 to 18.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Powys
  • Pupils: 384; sixth formers: 119
  • Religion: Church of Wales
  • Fees: Day £10,410 - £23,106; Boarding £20,319 - £42,957 pa
  • Open days: October, March and June
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

The school’s origins live on in some of its ancient buildings constructed from the region’s pinky-hued slate and its jaunty emblem of a crowned H, reproduced in the overwhelmingly green uniform and in topiary in the grounds. The students we met were charming, aware of their good fortune and obediently wearing school uniform right through sixth form. This is not the place for the...

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What the school says...

Christ College is one of the oldest and most successful schools in the UK. Founded in 1541 by King Henry VIII it occupies an enviable site on the outskirts of Brecon, a safe, small market town in the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Parents and guardians value the unique care and concern pupils receive at the school; individual mentoring and support from highly qualified and experienced staff which extends beyond the classroom to every aspect of daily life and leads to a high level of achievement in both academic and non-academic areas.

We know that academic results open doors so we are committed to helping every individual maximise their achievement in this area. However, we teach well beyond and around the narrow requirements of examinations, and believe that education takes place everywhere a pupil goes and not just in the classroom. These academic achievements should be seen against a background of Christ College pupils' full engagement to an excellent standard in sport, with over 30 pupils representing their country over the last 3 years, as well as music, drama, art and other pastoral contributions to the life of the school community. There is a full programme of extra-curricular activities with participation in the voluntary, but highly popular, Combined Cadet Force, and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme.

The Christ College Foundation has made significant progress as it strives to offer more scholarships and bursaries and better academic, cultural, sporting and social facilities to as many young people as possible regardless of their financial circumstances.
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What The Good Schools Guide says

The head

Since 2017, Gareth Pearson, BEng. Brought up in Dorset, he read mechanical engineering at Loughborough before joining the Royal Marines for eight years. A stint at Millfield saw him through the graduate teaching programme as a maths teacher; a move to Wellington then expanded his career in housemastering, clearly invaluable experience for headship, which he describes as ‘like being a housemaster on steroids – every pupil will expect to have a relationship with you’. His most recent post was senior deputy at Lord Wandsworth College and he let slip that his friends tease him that the reason he got this job was because of his good Welsh name: ‘but my wife is Welsh, plus I’m a rugby coach and referee,’ he counters.

Whatever the process, Mr Pearson seems to...

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Special Education Needs

We have a highly qualified/experienced SENCO/specialist teacher. Timetabled sessions for learning support are offered on a one-to-one or group basis and emphasis is placed on teaching pupils strategies for managing in the classroom. Support is offered for all pupils including those in the sixth form as well as younger pupils. The support focuses on time management and organisation of self and work. 09-09

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