Christ College

Powys

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  • Category: Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of Wales
  • Roll: 218 (Boys) 183 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 7 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1541

General Information

Since Henry VIII granted its charter in 1541, Christ College has influenced the lives of thousands of young people. Today Christ College is a caring community with a strong sense of identity and purpose. First class teaching enables boys and girls to achieve their full potential all within the stunning setting of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

Facilities

Our Chapel and Dining Hall, both in daily use, date from the 13th Century when the site was occupied by a Dominican Priory. In addition there are 6 comfortable, modern boarding houses, a newly opened £2M Centre for the Creative Arts with a 400 seat auditorium, a new Science Centre, two 20 station IT suites with internet access and a wonderful refurbished library with additional PCs. There is a separate 6th Form Centre. In addition to the huge expanse of outdoor playing fields adjoining the College, there is a large fully equipped indoor sports hall, tennis and squash courts, an all-weather pitch, climbing wall, fitness suite and a small heated outdoor swimming pool. There is an extensive range of extra-curricular activities to include choirs, jazz band, orchestra, string group, golf, a variety of water sports, debating, CCF, D of E Award Scheme and Young Enterprise.

For many years pupils from overseas have been a familiar and valued part of the Christ College community. Approximately one sixth of our pupils have parents who live overseas. We have an EAL Department to support these pupils wherever necessary.

The opening of St Nicholas House, Christ College’s new junior school Junior in September 2014 has added a whole new dimension to the pupil body at Christ College. With just under 40 pupils aged 7-11 years at St Nicholas House, Christ College continues to provide the same high quality education that we currently offer to those aged 11-18.

Entrance Requirements

7+: an Entry Day with informal assessment by the Head of Juniors; 11+, 13+ : tests in Mathematics, English and Verbal Reasoning; 16+: 6 x GCSE grade C and above. A current school report is required from all applicants.

Scholarships

2018. Sixth Form Scholarship Day: Fri. 9th November

2019. 11+ 13+ Scholarships Tues. 29th January & Sat. 2nd February

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Following a large bequest, a large number of science scholarships and bursaries are available in addition to our range of art, music, sports and all-rounder awards. Sixth Form Scholarship & Entrance Assessments – November annually. Senior School Scholarship & Entrance Assessments – January/February annually. Please contact admissions@christcollegebrecon.com for details.

Open Days

2018. Open Morning: Sat. 22nd September,10am - 12:30pm. Sixth Form Information Evening: Wed. 17th October.

2019. Open Morning: Sat. 30th March.

For information on Open Days visit www.christcollegebrecon.com, contact the Admissions Registrar on 01874 615440 or email admissions@christcollegebrecon.com

Fees

2018/2019. Junior School: Day: £3055 - £4012 per term. Boarding: Please contact the school.

Senior School. Day: £5174 - £6182 per term. Boarding: £5848 - £9681 per term.

Reports

Estyn Report 2017

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Gareth Pearson

Contact for enquiries: Mrs Margaret Stephens, Admissions Registrar

Christ College
Brecon
Powys
LD3 8AF

[t]: 01874 615440
[f]: 01874 615475
[w]: www.christcollegebrecon.com

Location Description

The school occupies an enviable site of 39 acres on the outskirts of Brecon. This is a safe, small market town within an outstanding area of natural beauty and with the famous Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains close by.

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School News

Christ College Brecon independent day and boarding school Powys Wales

This year, pupils sat the full suite of linear GCSEs with increased content and no coursework or modules. Despite concerns nationally about how pupils would

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cope with this form of assessment, Christ College pupils have achieved some outstanding results, with an overall 94% pass rate.

The new GCSEs are graded 9-1 with grade 9 classified as a super ** grade and 8 as the old A*. This cohort achieved 31% at grades 8 or 9, and 52% of all grades were 7,8 and 9.

In English Literature, 12 candidates achieved a level 9 (31% of all entries). In History, 20% of entries were at grade 9 with 29% of entries at the same level in Religious Studies. 23% of candidates in Art and 25% in Photography also attained the coveted grade 9.

Best performance in the school:

Erica Morgan from Monmouth who achieved 9 grade 9 s and one grade 8.

 

Best performances by local pupils:

Rhiannon Coleman 9 grades 9/8 (Brecon)

Kate Jenkins 9 grades 9/8 (Llangynidr)

Sasha Pearson 8 grades 9/8 (Builth Wells)

Alice Edwards 7 grades 9/8 (Llandovery)

Joe Houghton 6 grades 9/8 (Brecon)

Aidan Hurst 6 grades 9/8 (Pontneddfechan)

 

Best performances from further afield:

Vincent Chua 8 grades 8/9 (Hong Kong)

Endy Wu 7 grades 8/9 (Hong Kong)

 

Gareth Pearson, Head of Christ College, commented: “This is a fantastic set of results. I am especially proud of how well our pupils and staff coped with the challenging transition from the old GCSE syllabus to the new system. This completes a fabulous year for Christ College Brecon with five ‘Excellents’ in our November Estyn Inspection, 20% A*’s in our A-level results and now 31% 8/9 in our GCSE results.

 

Photo: Erica, Sasha and Alice

Christ College Brecon independent day and boarding school Powys Wales opens sister school in Malaysia

475 years of renowned education pedigree and Welsh spirit is now being emulated in Kuala Lumpur.

One of Wales and the UK’s top independent day and

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boarding schools, Christ College, Brecon, has officially opened its first overseas sister school, as pupils in Malaysia were welcomed to King Henry VIII College for the new school year on Monday, 3rd September.

Christ College Brecon will be drawing on the experience it has built over close to five centuries to evolve and meet the challenge of expansion developments through this new and exciting chapter in the college’s history.

Located in Cyberjaya, 30 minutes from Kuala Lumpur and its international airport, King Henry VIII College Malaysia emulates the longstanding Christ College Brecon model, with a mix of boarding and day school students, complemented by nursery and reception classes, as well as a small Sixth Form offering.

It replicates the Wales-based school’s structure, ethos and achievements but in a more modern setting within the Malaysian global tech hub – and with an initial student population exceeding 250 pupils, the immediate popularity of the new school is a promising indicator for its future.

Founding Head, Old Breconian and former Christ College Brecon Deputy Head, Simon Spencer said: “It has been an extraordinary couple of years to get to where we are today.

“Less than two years ago the site of King Henry VIII College was jungle and we only cleared the site for the ground-breaking ceremony and construction on 1st March last year.

“There is still work to do, but we already have a vibrant school community, and have certainly confirmed the excellent reputation of Christ College in this part of South East Asia.

“We all look forward to maintaining excellent links between our two schools, in all aspects of school life, not least cultural exchanges and shared learning experiences.”

Christ College Brecon independent day and boarding school Powys Wales

Leading independent school Christ College, Brecon, is celebrating yet another successful year for its Sixth Form pupils.

Against the background of uncertainty created by the full

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introduction of harder, linear A Levels, Christ College Brecon pupils have achieved excellent A Level results, with one in five grades being A*.

The overall pass rate reached an impressive 98%, with 46% of grades being A*/A; 70% of grades being A*-B.

On the basis of these results, many Welsh and international pupils will now proceed to top universities including Oxford, Cambridge and elite Russell Group institutions to study for highly selective courses.

Leading the way are Adonijah Airede (from Nigeria) and Hayato Kaneda (from Japan) who will proceed to Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge and University College, Oxford to read Natural Sciences and Physics respectively, following their 4 A*.

With 3 A*s, Kevin Zhao (from China) has secured his place to read Engineering at St Edmund Hall Oxford and Aisling Tarpey (from Cradoc, Brecon), who already received an unconditional place following her results last year, will read English at Lincoln College, Oxford.

Also achieving 3 A*s are Hanna Prytherch (from Aberystwyth), HMC Scholar Adam Brozsko (from Poland), Cai Williams (from Herefordshire) and Yuhan Xie (from Hong Kong). We are also thrilled that Anna Philips, from Clynderwen, has gained her full scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Chloe Hiew (from Malaysia) and Imran Khan-White (from Ystradowen) followed close behind, with two A*.

Performance in Maths and Chemistry was particularly high with 32% and 38% of grades at A* respectively, a performance closely followed by Physics with 29% at this elite level.

Head of Christ College, Gareth Pearson, said: “I am delighted that the hard work by our Upper Sixth pupils has been rewarded with some excellent grades. Despite the more rigorous A-level programmes the fact that over 1 in 5 of our grades were A* is an incredible achievement. We were also thrilled with our pupils’ performance in the extended project where 83% achieved an A* or A. This is an independent research based project highly valued by universities.

“It is testament to their teachers and the level of aspiration of our pupils that 90% of those planning to attend university have got into their first choice university and 35% have gained places at a Russell Group universities. The destinations of those leaving us include great institutions such as Cambridge, Oxford, LSE, Imperial, UCL, Manchester, Cardiff, Exeter, Edinburgh, Bath, Loughborough and Nottingham. We wish all of our leavers the very best of luck for the future.”

Photo: Proud parents and the Head at Christ College

Christ College Brecon independent day and boarding school Powys Wales

DURING THE LAST SCHOOL ASSEMBLY FOR 2017/18, THE HEAD WAS DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THE HEADS OF SCHOOL AND PREFECT TEAM FOR 2018/19 ACADEMIC YEAR.

Prefects are

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chosen to provide support and guidance to the younger pupils in the Christ College family, working closely with the Head of School, Niamh Draper and Deputy Head Boy, Harry Jones. We are sure they are all up for the challenge ahead.

Following assembly they were all presented with their prefect ties.

Congratulations to them all in their future roles.

The 2018/19 team is as follows:

Head of School  Niamh Draper

Deputy Head of School/Head Boy    Harry Jones

Head of School House    Daniel Clark

Head of St David’s           Oliver Lewis and Beth Wood

Head of Donaldson’s       Poppy Lawley

Head of de Winton          Milly Davies

Head of Orchard              Ben Masters

Heads of Alway                 Archie Trevethan and Carys Cronin

Heads of St Nicholas House    Heledd Evans and Fergus Stevens

Sacristan                             Hannah Mathias

Overseas Liason Prefect   Brietner Hoe

Sixth Form Centre Prefects    Darius Rameshni and India Lilly

Captain of Rugby              Oliver Lewis

Captain of Sevens            Oliver Newey

Cadet RSM (Head of CCF)    Archie Trevethan

Heads of Choir                   Martha Skibniewski-Woods and Carys Cronin

Assistant Sacristan           James Allen

Chair of Senior Essay Society    Harry Jones

Secretary-Senior Essay Society  Phoebe Sussmann

Captains of Hockey         Poppy Lawley and Fergus Stevens

Captain of Cricket            To be announced later in the year

Alway Chapel Leaders    Sarah Jeffes and Trystan Lloyd

Christ College Brecon independent day and boarding school Powys Wales

IN MAY THIS YEAR, 9 YOUNG PEOPLE (INCLUDING 3 CURRENT PUPILS) FROM CHRIST COLLEGE IN BRECON, WALES, ATTENDED A PRESENTATION IN THE GARDENS OF BUCKINGHAM

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PALACE, LONDON, WHERE THEY RECEIVED THEIR GOLD DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD FROM BBC WALES TODAY PRESENTER JENNIFER JONES, AFTER SHARING THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH PRINCE WILLIAM, DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE; PRINCE EDWARD, DUKE OF WESSEX AND PRINCESS EUGENIE OF YORK.

During the Gold Award Presentation, the members of the Royal Family congratulated the group from Christ College on their successes and heard about their D of E journeys, which took each young person 12-18 months of hard work and dedication.

Those who achieve a Gold D of E Award will volunteer, learn a skill, get fit, take part in a week long residential and plan and undertake an expedition in Wild Country. Widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people, D of E programmes enable any young person, aged 14-24, to develop key skills for life and work, such as confidence, commitment and team working.

Barney Goodrich, who is the D of E Leader at Christ College, said, “We are very proud of our recipients, who we have seen work incredibly hard to achieve this distinguished award.

“They undertook a range of projects including the completion of a gruelling four-day expedition in the Black Mountains and residential activities that ranged from sailing expeditions off the Pembrokeshire Coast to Cadet courses in the Yukon, Canada. All completed volunteering sections requiring strong levels of commitment over eighteen months including regular assistance with the Disability Sports Group at Brecon Leisure Centre and helping people in need at Usk House, the Day Hospice in Brecon.”

“Working for the community and developing such important skills throughout the whole process has been a life-changing experience for them all and I am delighted that they have been able to celebrate together at such a prestigious ceremony at Buckingham Palace.”

Speaking about her DofE experience, Jessica Facey, who was one of the Gold Award holders at the presentation, said, “I decided to take on the challenges of the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award whilst doing my A Levels so that I could not only push myself physically but to also develop important life skills such as teamwork, personal organisation and perseverance. At times it was gruelling and overwhelming but usually it was fun!

“The most rewarding aspect for me was to be able to give back to my local community through volunteering. Along with some friends from school, I helped out with a disability sports club in the Brecon Leisure Centre every Friday evening for a year. It was really enjoyable and gave me a much better perspective about what is important in life!

“I chose to do a sailing course for my residential section with the Royal Yacht Association spending five days and four nights on a yacht off the coast of South West Wales with complete strangers (aged 17 – 65). I was immediately thrown into the deep-end, as this was a completely new skill combined with living in a very small space with each other. By the end of it, I had made some great friends, was able to cook a delicious meal in the tiny galley, and helmed the boat with dolphins bow-riding along as well as earning my ‘Competent Crew’ qualification.

“During the physically demanding expedition section (80km over 4 days in a mountainous area carrying all your equipment) you also learn how to exercise patience and the importance of teamwork within your group.

“I have definitely gained in confidence, pushing myself out of my comfort zone by trying new activities that have turned out to be amazing experiences as well as developing skills and sports I have loved for years. For me, having to make decisions in tricky situations has been the most challenging aspect and I know that this, and other skills I have learnt whilst participating in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, will certainly serve me well in the future.

“I would like to thank my teachers, volunteer parents as well as my parents and grandparents for their support and encouragement. It has been a really enjoyable balance to my A level studies and meeting members of the Royal Family and receiving my Gold Award from Jennifer Jones in the gardens of Buckingham Palace in May with fellow students from Christ College, Brecon was a fantastic highlight to complete this journey.

“Ironically, the worst blisters I experienced weren’t from the 80km expedition in the Black Mountains but from wearing brand new shoes around London for the day of the Award Ceremony!”

There are currently around 440,000 young people taking part in a DofE programme across the UK through a variety of centres including both state and independent schools, special schools, businesses, prisons, young offender institutions and youth groups.

To find out more about the DofE and how it enables young people to succeed, please visit www.DofE.org

Christ College Brecon independent day and boarding school Powys Wales

Alway and Year 9 pupils were this week treated to a range of fascinating interactive sessions as part of a showcase of medical careers. Medical

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Maverick workshops inspire students to make informed decisions about their career & lifestyle choices.

Sessions included:

– Use the ultrasound machine to see inside their body and measure the size of their blood vessels

– See inside their eye with an iPhone retina scan

– Record and print an ECG from their heart

– Hear their pulse with a Doppler Probe!

– Try key hole surgery on a training device used by surgeons

– Use a real needle to take fake blood from an fake arm

– Experience different eye diseases with the pathology goggles

– Test hearing and reflexes

– Take basic medical observation such as blood pressure, oxygen sats and temp

– Suturing fake skin

– Recording respiration rates

A fantastic workshop showing our pupils the amazing opportunities and jobs that could be available to them.

Thank you Medical Mavericks, lots to think about!

Christ College Breconindependent day and boarding school Powys Wales

AFTER 6 MONTHS OF HARD TRAINING, THE CHRIST COLLEGE UNDER 18’S HOCKEY TEAM ARRIVED AT SWANSEA UNIVERSITY SPORTS VILLAGE FOR THE HOCKEY WALES NATIONAL SCHOOLGIRLS

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U18 FINALS.

The first pool match set the tone for the rest of the day with Christ College beating a very good St Joseph’s Roman Catholic High School  1-0, with a fantastic goal from Lydia Drinkall.

Christ College then played Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhymni, with Willow Ransome securing a 1-0 win. Two terrific goals from Sarah Jeffes  and Katy Garrett  in their next pool match against Ysgol Glan Clwyd  led to a  2-1 win and  their place  in the semi-final secured.

The Semi Final against Ysgol Glantaf was never going to be easy. During the 1st half of the game Christ College were awarded a short corner which saw Beth Wood score the first goal of the match.  Cerys Jones  (U18’s Captain) gave the girls a constructive team talk during the break and as the 2nd half got underway, Beth Wood scored another goal leading to a win for Christ College and a place in the final versus St Joseph’s Roman Catholic High School.

Tensions were high and Christ College made terrific tackles and were fast on the attack. U18’s Captain Cerys Jones made terrific saves in goal and managed to keep the score 0-0 at half time.

The 2nd half ended at 0-0, which meant it was down to penalty shuffles-5 chances at goal to score within 8 seconds.  Hebe Thomas, Phillipa Ogilvie, Elin Jones, Sarah.Jeffes and Beth Wood took their chances at goal. Both teams at the end of the penalty shuffles drew 1-1 and had to then go through to sudden death penalty shuffles.

Beth Wood was first up and managed to get the ball past the goalkeeper and score. Cerys Jones then took her place in goal and read exactly what her opposition was going.  St Joseph’s missed the goal by a fraction to make Christ College the Hockey Wales National Schoolgirls U18’s Champions for the second year running with a 2-1 result.

Christ College Brecon independent day and boarding school Powys Wales

Anna Phillips, a Music Scholar in Year 13, has been awarded a scholarship to study Harp at the Royal Academy of Music in London from

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next academic year.  She was also offered places by most of the other leading music conservatoires.

Anna had already gained ABRSM Grade 8 in Piano and Violin before joining the Sixth Form at Christ College and was delighted to gain the highest mark on record at the school of 142 for her Grade 8 Harp.

Anna is currently taught by Claire Jones (formerly Harpist to the Prince of Wales) and she has taken part in masterclasses given by famous international harpists such as Gabriella Dal’Ollio and Skaila Kanga.

On 9th March, Anna will join Claire Jones in a special concert in the Christ College Chapel as part of Claire’s new album tour. Further information here

Anna will also be touring the US with the Claire Jones Harp Ensemble and the American Youth Harp Ensemble.

 

Christ College Brecon independent day and boarding school Powys Wales

Christ College, Brecon, has introduced a ‘break out’ space to enhance the mental wellbeing of its pupils who want to enjoy time alone.

Pupils’ wellbeing is

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a key part of pastoral care at the Christ College, and House Parent Suzy Phelps is studying for a Master’s degree in Child and Adolescent Mental Health at the University of South Wales, which is part-funded by the school. Suzy came up with the idea of opening the ‘break out’ room after she attended a Pastoral Conference in Devon discussing young people’s mental health within boarding schools.  Keynote speaker psychologist Dr Lina Blair recommended ways to promote good mental health.  Two main recommendations were the removal of phone devices before bed, which Christ College is currently undertaking; and the introduction of a ‘break out’ space for pupils to be alone.

Suzy said: “I raised the issue with my senior boarders when I returned. They said that the biggest problem they had was not being able to ‘escape’ from their friends and be left alone for a few minutes.

“My head of house, Katie de Winton, was very excited to begin this project.  She and a team of helpers chose the colours and curtains, prepared and repainted the walls, and helped decorate the room.”

Following the advice given by Dr Blair, who also pointed out the importance of smell in our wellbeing, the team included a diffuser in the room, as well as a variety of textures designed to give tactile sensory stimulation to pupils on the Autism Spectrum.

The school’s new ‘break out’ space gives pupils the opportunity to be alone with their thoughts; listen to music without interruption; have private phone conversations or skype calls.

Suzy said: “Pupils, at Christ College are becoming a lot more aware of mental health and understand the importance of the need for alone time.”

Earlier this year, the school scored ‘Excellent’ in all categories on its latest Estyn Report, including ‘Care, support and guidance’, indicating strong and sustained performance and practice.

The reported stated: “The care, support and guidance provided by the school are exceptional. Provision is inclusive, fully embedded across all areas of the school, and contributes successfully to particularly high levels of well being among pupils.”

Christ College Brecon independent day and boarding school Powys Wales

ON WEDNESDAY 21ST FEBRUARY, 56 PUPILS FROM YEAR 9 PARTICIPATED IN A CCF TRAINING DAY ON SENNYBRIDGE TRAINING AREA.

The day was cold, but thankfully dry

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for the cadets, who were eagerly looking forward to put their training into practise. The day comprised of live firing, 1st aid and Fieldcraft. All the cadets fired the cadet GP rifle at 25m, with some outstanding results achieved.

As a background activity’s, the cadets learnt practical 1st aid and how to operate effectively in the field. Lunch was a warming stew provided by the school dining room, but cadets also had an opportunity to cook and more importantly taste the current issue ration packs.

At the end of a tiring but enjoyable day the cadets arrived back in school to complete the post-activity administration, including the all-important weapon cleaning.

Christ College Brecon independent day and boarding school Powys Wales

CHRIST COLLEGE, BRECON HAS BEEN JUDGED AS ‘EXCELLENT’ IN ALL FIVE INSPECTION AREAS IN ITS LATEST ESTYN REPORT.
The report, carried out by Her Majesty’s

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Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales last term, judged Christ College’s current performance as “excellent” in all five inspection areas. The areas were: standards; wellbeing and attitude to learning; teaching and learning experiences; care, support and guidance; and leadership and management.

In the report, the school’s overall teaching and learning experiences were described as ‘excellent’, with dedicated and well-qualified teachers offering a ‘broad and balanced curriculum’. It also noted that ‘the sixth form pupils’ performance at A level over the last three years is outstanding’.

Beyond the academic results, the report also acknowledged the quality of the school’s personal and social education (PSE) programme, described as “outstanding and extremely-well coordinated”. PSE is central to the school’s provision for care, support and guidance.

Estyn reported: “Most pupils feel safe, secure, and exceptionally well cared for. Nearly all pupils have an infectious pride in their school, and demonstrate a very caring, compassionate and supportive attitude towards each other and to the adults around them.”

Inspectors also praised the “rich sense of community and belonging in which nearly all pupils flourish in their academic, personal, social and emotional development”, and described the teachers as “particularly effective role models for pupils’ social and academic skills. Leadership at all levels was commended for “contributing extremely well to the strong sense of community and commitment to share values and aims that pervade the school”

Gareth Pearson, Headteacher at Christ College, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the outcome of the report. I would like to thank the Inspectors for their assessment, which reflects the dedication of all our staff. Our pupils’ aspirations, achievements and well-being are our everyday priorities, and this excellent report will help us continue to improve.”

He added: “I believe it is our responsibility as a boarding school to offer an all-round character education, and therefore I was very proud to see that the report celebrated the calm, supportive and balanced environment the school offers.

“These are ideal conditions for them to develop tolerance of others, sensitivity to other pupils and adults, high moral standards and a strong sense of citizenship – characteristics that will always be valued, whatever career they wish to pursue, and however much the world changes in the years ahead.”

Christ College Brecon independent day and boarding school Powys Wales

CHRIST COLLEGE BRECON ARE DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THAT FROM JANUARY 2018 THEY WILL BE WELCOMING SPECIALIST CONTRACT CATERING COMPANY, HOLROYD HOWE, TO MANAGE THE

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CATERING SERVICES AT THE SCHOOL.

Holroyd Howe is a leading independent school caterer and the company brings a wealth of experience in delivering wholesome, nutritious, creative food. They have won many industry awards including Independent School Caterer of the Year in 2015 and 2016. As a fresh food business, Holroyd Howe prides itself on sourcing natural, sustainable, quality ingredients, as locally as possible and approaches food with a no fuss attitude. Nothing processed, nothing added – just honest, delicious food every day.

Placing a strong emphasis on the health and wellbeing of pupils, Holroyd Howe will be introducing a new menu designed to elevate nutritional standards across the board. Each day, the menu will include a wide variety of ingredients, cuisines and culinary styles, encouraging pupils to try new things and enjoy a balanced diet.

The Head, Gareth Pearson said ‘We are excited to have Holroyd Howe on board as we recognise the importance of educating our pupils about food and nutrition and the long term benefits that good food has on their health and development. Our pupils are looking forward to the start of the partnership too, having had an opportunity to sample Holroyd Howe menus earlier this term.’
Claire Long, Sales Director for Holroyd Howe said ‘We are absolutely delighted to have been selected to provide the catering at Christ College Brecon and will be bringing our fresh food philosophy and fun, creative style to the menus at the College from the New Year.’

Christ College Brecon Independent Powys Christ College Brecon - New Year, New Menus

Christ College Brecon are delighted to announce that from January 2018 they will be welcoming specialist contract catering company, Holroyd Howe, to manage the catering

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services at the school.

Holroyd Howe is a leading independent school caterer and the company brings a wealth of  experience in delivering wholesome, nutritious, creative food. They have won many industry awards including Independent School Caterer of the Year in 2015 and 2016. As a fresh food  business, Holroyd Howe prides itself on sourcing natural, sustainable, quality ingredients, as locally as possible and approaches food with a no fuss attitude. Nothing processed, nothing added – just honest, delicious food every day.

Placing a strong emphasis on the health and wellbeing of pupils, Holroyd Howe will be introducing a new menu designed to elevate nutritional standards across the board. Each day, the menu will include a wide variety of ingredients, cuisines and culinary styles, encouraging pupils to try new things and enjoy a balanced diet.

The Head, Gareth Pearson said ‘We are excited to have  Holroyd Howe on board as we recognise the importance of educating our pupils about food and nutrition and the long term benefits that good food has on their health and development.  Our pupils are looking forward to the start of the partnership too, having had an opportunity to sample Holroyd Howe menus earlier this term.’

Claire Long, Sales Director for Holroyd Howe said ‘We are absolutely delighted to have been selected to provide the catering at Christ College Brecon and will be bringing our fresh food philosophy and fun, creative style to the menus at the College from the New Year.’

Christ College Brecon Independent Powys CHRIST COLLEGE INAUGURATES NEW SIXTH FORM CENTRE

Christ College,has completed a £220,000 refurbishment of its Sixth Form Centre, providing new facilities and improved study areas for students.

The improved facilities include a

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modern community space, a better-equipped kitchen, and a separate study area.

The project involved three local contractors – AJN Design & Surveying Services Ltd Brecon; Business Interiors Brecon and Office Supplies of Hereford – and students have been actively involved in the improvements.

As Deputy Head of Pastoral Education Simon Hill explained: “Last summer, we set up consultation groups including all members of our Year 11 and lower sixth pupils. The surveys covered all aspects of the new development, including furnishings, layout and amenities.

“We are delighted with the new centre which beautifully incorporates a large number of the  suggestions offered by our pupils such as study booths, interactive monitors, multiple charging stations, and a big screen TV to name just a few. The new centre is proving very popular with our senior pupils, providing quiet study space and a terrific separate social area.”

Christ College has enjoyed a high-quality reputation since its creation nearly five centuries ago. The secret to the school’s success resides in the outstanding attention paid to the pupil’s overall well-being, which in turn translates into academic excellence.

This “whole-person” approach combines psychological support, offered by the school’s highly dedicated staff, and material comfort, provided by the modern facilities available throughout the campus.

Sixth Form Centre coordinator Jonathan Cooper said: “Since the start of term, the pupils have been regularly using the new facility. It is great to see it being used for its purpose. The project, which came together really well, has enabled us to create new links with local contractors, and to strengthen our relationship with pupils.”

Year 13 student Josh Oliver said: “We are delighted with the refurbishment and feel lucky to have such a well-equipped Sixth Form Centre, with our own study area and a separate social space.

“Not only are we located in one of Britain’s most beautiful National Parks, but we also enjoy made-to-measure facilities within the school. We couldn’t ask for a better environment to learn in during these crucial years.”

This term has also seen the arrival of new Head Gareth Pearson.

Mr Pearson has stated his intention to develop the school’s holistic approach, while maintaining academic excellence and keeping it accessible to less advantaged.

“I love the strength of community in this school, where everyone knows everyone. Positive relationships underpin everything at Christ College, Brecon, and allow staff to bring out the very best from our pupils. The excellent pastoral care they show for the school and its pupils is truly palpable and authentic.

“I want Christ College Brecon to be the very best in Britain at developing the kind of character traits in its people to enable them to perform at their best, and more importantly, be a kind, decent and generous team player who will be a force for good in any community in which they live.

“These are ideal conditions to develop tolerance of others, sensitivity to other pupils and adults, high moral standards and a strong sense of citizenship – characteristics that will always be valued, whatever career they wish to pursue, and however much the world changes in the years ahead.”

The long-established quality of the teaching, combined with the modern facilities available throughout the campus, have led Christ College to consistently achieve the top ratings in the independent Advanced Level Information Survey (ALIS) conducted by Durham University every year.

Christ College Brecon Independent Powys CHRIST COLLEGE 1ST XV NEW SHIRT AND RUGBY PARTNERSHIP UNVEILED

Christ College Brecon is delighted to announce its partnership with Ty Mawr Lime Ltd of Brecon who’s generous support has enabled the creation of a

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brand new 1st XV Rugby team shirt.

When creating the design brief for the1st XV rugby shirt the priority was to combine the legacy from our founder King Henry VIII and the many decades of 1st XV rugby through to present day.

Remembering those traditions from the Old Breconian rugby days along with the different Green and Gold shirts, the new design wanted to use the branding of Henry’s ‘h’ to create a stunning contemporary design.

The new 1st XV shirt is hugely traditional yet totally modern in its concept.  The current  crop  of 1st XV rugby players have a shirt to be proud which is still steeped in the history and traditions of Christ College rugby yet gives the 2017 boys ownership.

The ‘h’ of King Henry was originally introduced to Christ College in a window in our dining hall in 1864. It has been worn on the shirt since 1970 and many rugby players have gone on to play for their country as well as the British Lions. A legacy that is passed on in this new design.

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