Christ College, Brecon

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Christ College
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Coordinates51°56′46″N 3°23′43″W / 51.9462°N 3.3954°W / 51.9462; -3.3954Coordinates: 51°56′46″N 3°23′43″W / 51.9462°N 3.3954°W / 51.9462; -3.3954
TypePublic school
Independent day and boarding
Motto"Possunt Quia Posse Videntur"
("They achieve because they think they can achieve")
Religious affiliation(s)Anglican
Established1541; 479 years ago (1541)[1]
FounderHenry VIII
Local authorityPowys
Department for Education URN401984 Tables
HeadGareth Pearson
Staffc. 70
Age7 to 18
Number of students400
HousesSt. Nicholas (boys and girls aged 7–11)
Alway (boys and girls aged 11–13)
  Donaldson's (girls aged 13–18)
  Orchard (boys aged 13–18)
  St. David's (co-ed (day) aged 13–18)
 School (boys aged 13–18)
  de Winton (girls aged 13–18)
Colour(s)Green and gold
PublicationThe Breconian
Former pupilsOld Breconians

Christ College, Brecon is a co-educational, boarding and day independent school, located in the cathedral and market town of Brecon in mid-Wales. It currently caters for pupils aged 7–18 years.


Christ College was founded by Royal Charter in 1541 by King Henry VIII.[1]

The school has been ranked in the top three of all UK Independent Schools in terms of "Value for Money" by the Financial Times newspaper.[citation needed] In December 2017, HM's Inspectorate for Education & Training in Wales, Estyn, (equivalent to OFSTED in England) declared Christ College's performance to be "excellent" across all five inspection areas – the highest grade that can be awarded. In 2017, 96% of GCSE grades were A*-C and 100% of the pupils achieved 5 or more GCSEs at Grade C. At A-Levels, the overall pass rate (A*-E grades) was at 98% and 83% of results were at A*-C.


There are seven houses in the school, consisting of two senior boys' boarding houses: Orchard and School; two senior girls' boarding houses: de Winton and Donaldson's, a Co-ed day house St David's and one Lower School house, Alway House, for boys and girls aged 11–13. In September 2014, St Nicholas House opened which welcomes boys and girls aged 7–11.

Cricket ground[edit]

The first recorded match held on the college cricket ground came in 1888, when the college played Llandovery.[2] During the West Indies 1991 tour of England the ground was used to host a Limited Overs match against Wales, a young Brian Lara scoring 82. In use for the entire 20th century, the ground was used by Glamorgan for a List A match against the touring Zimbabweans.[3] The Glamorgan Second XI used the college ground for Second Eleven Trophy matches, firstly in 1996 when they played the Somerset Second XI and secondly in 1997 when they played the Hampshire Second XI.[4]

Old Breconians[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Christ College Brecon in £5m anniversary investment boost". BBC News. BBC. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  2. ^ Other matches played on Christ College
  3. ^ List-A Matches played on Christ College
  4. ^ Second XI Trophy Matches played on Christ College

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