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 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.
Erica, Sasha and Alice
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)
Aiden and Joe
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.