Christ College, Brecon

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Christ College
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Motto "Possunt Quia Posse Videntur"
("They achieve because they think they can achieve")
Established 1541
Type Independent day and boarding
Religion Anglican
Head Gareth Pearson
Founder Henry VIII
Location Brecon
Wales, United Kingdom
51°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
Local authority Powys
DfE URN 401984 Tables
Staff 70 approx.
Gender Co-educational
Ages 7–18
Houses St. Nicholas (boys and girls aged 7–11)
Alway (boys and girls aged 11–13)
     Donaldson's (including Bannau Annexe) (girls aged 13–18)
     Orchard (boys aged 13–18)
     St. David's (boys aged 13–18)
    School (boys aged 13–18)
     de Winton (girls aged 13–18)
Colours Green and Gold
Publication The Breconian
Former pupils Old Breconians

Christ College, Brecon is a co-educational, boarding and day independent school, located in the 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. The Chapel and dining hall date from the 13th century when the site was occupied by a Dominican order Priory.


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. 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 three senior boys' houses: St David's, Orchard and School; two senior girls' houses: de Winton and Donaldson's (with a sixth form annexe, Bannau); 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

The first recorded match held on the college cricket ground came in 1888, when the college played Llandovery.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

Old Breconians


  1. ^ Other matches played on Christ College
  2. ^ List-A Matches played on Christ College
  3. ^ Second XI Trophy Matches played on Christ College

External links

  • Official website
  • Profile on the ISC website
  • Estyn Inspection Reports
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