Life in our schools

PUBLISHED: 15:07 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:40 20 February 2013

Life in Our Schools

Life in Our Schools

The new year brings new opportunities and challenges for staff and pupils


Brecon, Powys LD3 8AF

Pupils and staff of Christ College Brecon are looking forward to the remainder of the 2008/9 academic year with a high degree of optimism and enthusiasm. The last academic year concluded with the best ever A level results, with nearly a third of pupils who sat A levels in 2008 achieving three or more A grades. An impressive 73% of all grades were A or B. There were also excellent GCSE results in 2008 - over 89% of grades were C or better, and 95% of pupils achieved five or more GCSE passes. Over 80% of pupils achieved five or more GCSE passes including maths, English and science, which is over twice the national average.

Another added cause for optimism has been the investment of £1.5 million in a new science centre, which opened for teaching at the beginning of last term. Whilst Christ College is one of the oldest and most successful schools in the UK, occupying an enviable site in the Brecon Beacons National Park, the school buildings reflect not only its ancient past but also its determination to provide the best modern facilities for its pupils.

Christ College is delighted to announce that this year the new prestigious Penn Scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding sixth form scientist. This is in addition to the wide range of other scholarships and bursaries available, ensuring that access to Christ College is as broad as it can be. Sixth form scholarship assessments will take place on January 22 and entrance tests and scholarship assessments for year 7 and 9 will take place on February 6 and 7.

With just over 315 pupils at Christ College, parents and guardians value the unique care and attention that pupils receive at the school from highly qualified and experienced staff. This extends beyond the classroom to every aspect of daily life and leads to a high level of achievement in both academic and non-academic areas.

For more details, visit or contact the Admissions Registrar on 01874 615440.


Monmouth School, Almshouse Street, Monmouth NP25 3XP

Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls, Hereford Road, Monmouth NP25 5XT

The Haberdashers' Schools in Monmouth believe that through CONFIDENCE and TEAMWORK they achieve SUCCESS for each and every one of their 1,450 pupils. Split into a pre-prep, two prep and two senior schools, and with pupil teacher ratios of 1:9, each child is encouraged to develop his or her talents in an environment which is both inspiring and caring.

A mixture of boarding and day, there is a full diary of after-school and weekend activities, many run jointly across Monmouth School and Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls. There is an extensive bus network including a daily bus service from Hereford, Ross and the surrounding areas.

Endowment income ensures excellent facilities coupled with highly competitive fees; boarding fees at around £6,300 per term are amongst the best-value in the UK. In total, the Schools have over 50 acres of sports fields, two full size all-weather pitches, ultra-modern sports halls, two 25m pools, performing arts centres, science labs, language and ICT suites, art and recording studios and a chapel. In 2009, the boys' prep school, The Grange, will move into a stunning new building adjacent to the sports complex.

For more information, please go to or call Mrs Diane Jakes on 01600 710433 for Monmouth School, or call Mrs Gloria Sheppard on 01600 711104 for Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls.


Old Deanery, Cathedral Close, Hereford HR1 2NG

A school where pupils thrive, excel and are happy: an educational recipe for success!

Hereford Cathedral School's strengths lie in its friendly, family, coeducational ethos, encouraged by excellent staff-pupil relations and highly supportive parents. It is this ethos, widely recognised as a special characteristic of the school, that enables pupils to excel both in and out of the classroom.

Pupils and parents recognise that Hereford Cathedral School has high expectations and strong traditions, but without elitist pretensions or a 'hot-house' mentality. Pupils learn in an environment where success and achievement are celebrated, where opportunities and experiences abound, and where trying something new is encouraged.

Perhaps this explains why pupils' academic results, across the ability range, constantly exceed national norms by one, two or more grades. Perhaps this also explains why, by the time they leave the sixth form, students have the confidence to pursue their own interests, rise to new challenges, cope with life's demands and take advantage of new opportunities. Most importantly, however, this ethos goes a long way in explaining why so many boys and girls enjoy the school and turn out to be thoroughly decent, well balanced young people. What better start can you give your children?

If you would like to find out more, please come and visit, to see for yourself what we have to offer.

Please contact Mrs Fortey, Admissions Officer, on 01432 363506 or email


Lucton, Herefordshire HR6 9PN. T: 01568 782000

Lucton School's U14 rugby team recently won the inaugural Herefordshire County Cup, with a convincing 29-12 victory over favourites Aylestone. Inspired by a best wishes fax from the touring All Black squad, Lucton, helped by a huge forward effort, particularly in the scrum, scored a total of five tries to two. Aylestone scored first, but Lucton responded with tries by Henry Llewellin, Frank Kelly, Matthew Handley and James Miles, to lead 22-7 at halftime.

Lucton realised the match was no foregone conclusion and they soaked up plenty of pressure in the second half, letting in a solitary try, before Lucton's captain, Tom Looms, scored the clincher with five minutes to play. Having played five pool matches and a tough semi-final, the squad put in an outstanding performance to win the final.

Entrance and Scholarship exams take place at Lucton on Saturday January 31: please contact the school for details.


15 Avenue Road, Great Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 3BA

The Good Schools' Guide described Malvern St James Girls' School as: "A lively and creative place to be with impressive academic results". Situated in one of the most beautiful parts of England, the school welcomes girls from 4-18 and offers both day and boarding. We are committed to all-girls' education and demonstrate that girls achieve more and grow in intellectual stature when educated in a single sex environment. We believe that education is about exploring new ideas, trying new activities, extending boundaries and taking risks. Girls leave Malvern St James as confident, purposeful and caring young women who are able to take their place in our increasingly global society.

Our open mornings for the spring term take place on Wednesday February 11 (Junior Department) and Saturday February 28 for the whole school. Please contact the Registrar, Mrs Jane Tuthill, for more information.

Contact: Mrs Jane Tuthill - 01684 584 624


Bredenbury Court, Bromyard, Herefordshire HR7 4TD

01885 482491

With the media serving up a daily diet of doom and gloom you could be forgiven for thinking that Armageddon is upon us. Cost-cutting and thrift now seem to be the norm and many would question why anyone would choose to send their children to a fee-paying school.

In Herefordshire we are lucky to have many options when it comes to choosing a school and that is what it comes down to... choice. So why choose St Richard's? With its small class sizes, excellent facilities, superb examination record, outstanding Nursery (OFSTED 2008), excellent Pre-Prep (OFSTED 2008), high-quality SEN department (OFSTED 2008), close-knit family atmosphere, wide range of extra-curricular activities and free-range dogs, ponies and chickens, perhaps the question should really be, why not?

So why not visit us on our Open Morning on Saturday February 7 and let us help you make the right choice?

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