In a changing and challenging educational environment, Christ College pupils again achieve excellent A level results

LEADING independent school Christ College Brecon is celebrating yet another successful year for its A-level students.

Pupils have achieved excellent A Level results, with an outstanding pass rate of 99.4%.

Overall 39% of all grades were A/A* and 69% A*/B. These results are significantly above national averages and the average points score per candidate was 137 which is broadly equivalent to AAB.

Performance in English Literature was strong with 75% of grades achieved an A*/A with 50% at the same level in Geography, Spanish, French, Art, Photography and extended project.

Based on these results, many pupils from Christ College will proceed to top universities including Russell Group institutions to study for highly selective courses.

Star performers include Fergus Stevens from Welshpool achieved 3A* in Maths, Further Maths and Physics and will go to read Physics at University of Nottingham. Fergus also played Hockey for Wales under 21 whilst in the sixth form.

Phoebe Sussmann from Llangorse has a place to study Veterinary Science at University of Bristol following her A*/A/A and Ben Masters from Sennybridge achieved A*/A*/A which has secured him a place at University of Nottingham to read Mathematical Physics. The 47% of A*/A grades in Maths and Further Maths follows the recent trend of success in these most difficult subjects.

Notable successes from local pupils include Hannah Mathias from Brecon whose 3 As see her safely into University of St Andrews to read Languages. Danny Clarke from Hereford achieved A*/A*/B, Nerys Abberley from Merthyr Tydfil A*/A/A, Artai Hernandez from Brecon  A*/A/B and Elin Jones from Pembrokeshire and Poppy Lawley from Shrewsbury both achieved three As. Head of school Niamh Draper from Llanelli will go on to read History at University of Bristol following her A*/A*/B grades. Sarah Jeffes from Sennybridge also achieved A*/A/B with an A* in extended project.

Head of Christ College, Gareth Pearson, said:

I am delighted with this set of results, achieved through hard work, self-discipline and perseverance. With all subjects now linear and involving more stretch and challenge, we are delighted that performance across the board has held up well in this more academically demanding environment. These results will enable our pupils to go forward positively to the next stage in their lives.

The dedicated staff at the school are all committed to the success and fulfilment of our pupils and believe that a whole person approach is key to achieving this, a belief reinforced by such positive results. Although we will be sad to see them go, we wish them all the best and have confidence they will all go on to achieve brilliant things with bright futures ahead of them.”

Set within the Brecon Beacons National Park, Christ College is an independent co-educational boarding and day school, with 380 pupils on roll between the ages of seven to 18. With strong academic provision at its core, the school provides high-quality, broad and balanced education, in a friendly, nurturing atmosphere.

These successful results follow the ‘excellent’ Estyn inspection of Christ College. The school achieved the highest score possible in all five areas of judgement: standards; wellbeing and attitude to learning; teaching and learning experiences; care, support and guidance; and leadership and management.