Christ College (Brecon)
Founded by Henry VIII in 1541, it has a magnificent site on the River Usk just to the north of the Brecon Beacons and a couple of minutes’ walk from the pleasant market town of Brecon. The college chapel is part of the original Dominican friary, as are the two dining halls. The school enjoys handsome and well-equipped modern buildings in beautiful grounds; all lie within a designated national park. During the last ten years, there have been major developments and extensions -Î¾most recently a centre for the creative arts and a new junior school. Fully co-educational; girls were accepted throughout the school in 1995 after many years in the sixth form. Pupils of all faiths are accepted: the Anglican liturgy is used in services. Importance is attached to spiritual education. A small school with a large staff, (a very favourable staff:pupil ratio of about 1:8) and examination results are very good. Performing arts are strong. Societies and clubs cater for an extremely wide range of needs. Sports and games are very well organised and the college has a distinguished record in many, particularly rugby, cricket, netball and cross-country. There is a vigorous CCF contingent and much emphasis is put on outdoor pursuits, leadership and self-reliance. It has an impressive record in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.