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Posted: 25.08.16

Languages Are Alive And Thriving At Christ College


Languages are alive and thriving at Christ College, Brecon.

Following the strong A level results at Christ College last week, GCSE results day has dawned with further good news for those studying languages at the school. Across the country there are reports of dwindling numbers studying languages due, at least in part, to the difficulty of obtaining top grades. However, the GCSE candidates at Christ College have proved it is possible, with 43% of all candidates for French, Spanish and Welsh achieving the top A* grade and 71% gaining either A* or A. This is great credit to the candidates themselves and also to the dynamic teaching of Head of Languages, Mrs Liz McLean and her team.

Overall the statistics are encouraging, with 44% of all grades at A* or A, and an impressive 69% at A*-B.

One of those achieving a full set of A* and A grades was top performer Cai Williams, from Hereford, who gained A* in both French and Spanish among other subjects. Local boy Jack Stephens, from Llangynidr, also achieved a full set of A* and A grades, which is particularly impressive given the fact that he is also a top sportsman, pursuing a heavy training programme alongside his studies as he competes in the tetrathlon. Jack has just finished competing at the NFU Mutual Pony Club Tetrathlon Championships at Bishop Burton, Yorkshire, coming first in the Intermediate Boys Individual Class.

Friends Ella Valentine, from Glasbury, and Phoebe Cuthbertson-Smith, from Bwlch, gained a total of 4 A* and 17 A grades between them, demonstrating once again the importance of friendship in spurring one another on to success, especially in the crucial final stages of revision.

Head of Christ College, Emma Taylor, commented ‘Congratulations to this year’s GCSE candidates on their successes. Not only do those gaining strings of A* and A grades deserve credit, but also those for whom gaining C grades in key subjects was a challenge; it is an equal triumph for them to achieve their goals and move successfully on to further study at A level.’

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