A level Results 2018

Excellent A level results at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools

At Monmouth School for Girls, 45.7% of all grades were A* to A – well above the national average of 26.4%.

75.3% of all grades were A* to B, an improvement in the results from 2017, and the A* rate was 17.4%, again exceeding the national average.

The school was particularly pleased that the vast majority of pupils gained their first or second choice place at university.

Students at Monmouth School for Girls celebrate their A level results with Acting Head at Monmouth School for Girls, Mr Tom Arrand.

Helena P, from Devauden near Chepstow, achieved three A*s and will be heading to the prestigious Jesus College, Oxford, to read English.

“I am excited to be going to Oxford and it’s great to see that many of my friends did very well in their exams too.”

Head Girl, Erin M, from Shirenewton near Chepstow, was awarded two A*s and an A and will be taking up a Liberal Arts degree at Durham University.

“My alarm went off at 6am and I quickly checked my results on the internet. I had a very busy and fulfilling year as Head Girl and I am delighted to round it off in this way. I enjoy writing and current affairs and would like to perhaps work in journalism in the future.”

Some of the leading A level students at Monmouth School for Girls with Acting Head, Mr Tom Arrand. Pictured (from left): Isabel L, Francesca E, Helena P, Rosie B; Front: Erin M and Annie H.

Four girls will be following their dream in the field of science after shining in their results.

Isabel L, from Osbaston in Monmouth, recorded three A*s and an A and will be reading Physics at the University of Birmingham.

Francesca E, also from Osbaston, achieved two A*s and two As and will study either Natural Sciences at Durham University or Chemical Physics at the University of Edinburgh.

“I am very pleased with my results and in the long term I would like to carry out research and improve the lives of others around the world,” said Francesca.

Annie H, from Llanrothal in Herefordshire, was awarded two A*s and an A and will be taking a gap year before heading to the University of Bristol to read Veterinary Science.

She was captain of the hockey team and works at Drybridge Vets in Monmouth every other Saturday to gain valuable experience.

“I am hoping to travel to somewhere like Ecuador in my gap year to work with animals,” she said.

“I have wanted to be a vet since I was about three years old so I am excited about the future.”

And Elin M, from Monmouth, registered two A*s and an A to take up Marine Biology at University of Plymouth.

Rosie B, from Welsh Newton Common, was also among the top achievers, securing two A*s and an A to study Modern Foreign Languages at the University of Bristol.

“I joined the school in Year 9 and I am looking forward to studying in Bristol. I didn’t know my results until I came to school to open the envelope,” said Rosie, a keen musician.

“I will be reading French, German and Italian at university. I don’t have a definite career plan at the moment so I am going to enjoy the course and see where it takes me.”

Acting Head at Monmouth School for Girls, Mr Tom Arrand, said: “It is a huge relief when the hard work of pupils pays off and the girls achieve their personal best.

“I also want to thank the dedication and hard work of the teaching staff.

“45.7% of all grades were A* to A which was above and beyond the national average of 26.4% and is testament to the hard work and passion of our staff and pupils.

“Such a solid percentage of A* to A grades means that most of our students’ expectations have been met or exceeded.

“Despite the new and more rigorous A level examinations being sat, we have also seen an increase in the number of A*s achieved this year.”

Mr Arrand added: “We are very pleased that 100% of our students achieved an A grade in the advanced extended project qualification (EPQ) which is taken in addition to A levels.”


Excellent A level results at Monmouth School for Boys

A level students at Monmouth School for Boys celebrate their results with retiring Director of Studies, Dr Tony Winter (centre, back row).

Pupils at Monmouth School for Boys are celebrating an excellent set of A level results.

A total of 43.5% of all grades were A* to A – comfortably rising above the national average of 26.4%.

Twenty-two boys have achieved three or more A* to A grades and 64.7% of all grades achieved were A* to B as the hard work and dedication of Sixth Form students and staff at Monmouth paid off.

Deputy Head of School, William T, led the way with three A*s and an A to secure his place at University College London.

William, who lives in the Osbaston area of Monmouth, has secured his grades to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

However, William said: “I am considering whether to take a gap year before applying for a place at Oxford, so I have some big decisions to make.

“I want to thank all the teaching staff at Monmouth for their help and support over the years and it’s hard to believe this is my last day here.”

He added: “I am a superstitious person and I followed the same routine as I did for my GCSE results and came in to pick up my results personally.

“I collected my envelope, found a quiet corner at the William Jones Building and then opened it. I am delighted with the results.”

Headmaster of Monmouth School for Boys, Dr Andrew Daniel, with some of the leading A level students, including William T (second left).

William G was another stand-out candidate, achieving two A*s and two As to study Engineering at Durham University.

William has shone throughout his time at Monmouth, previously winning an Arkwright Scholarship for Design and Technology and gaining gold awards in national maths challenges.

Head of Sixth Form Centre, Richard L, secured three A*s and a B in his four subjects.

Richard, from Shirenewton near Chepstow, will be taking up his place at Durham University to read Classics.

Captain of Tennis, Max H, from Devauden near Chepstow, recorded three As and will now read Dentistry at Cardiff University.

Max will be joined in Cardiff by Monty R, from Tidenham near Chepstow, who also achieved three As to seal his place on the highly-regarded Dentistry course.

Deputy Head of School, Oliver J, who had a starring role as the ruthless policeman Javert in the outstanding musical production of Les Misérables, was awarded three As.

Oliver, a keen musician with the lower strings, is currently in Australia and is planning to take a year out before applying to study Medicine.

Samuel B, from St Briavels in the Forest of Dean, achieved two A*s and an A and will be reading Engineering at Durham University, while James B, who lives in Monmouth, secured an A* and three As.

Among the other high achievers were Elis B with two A*s and an A, who will be reading Economics at the University of Bath, and Harold N, from Coleford, who was awarded two A*s and two As to study Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol.

Dr Andrew Daniel, Headmaster of Monmouth School for Boys, said: “We are delighted that the majority of our boys achieved the grades to take up places at their first choice universities, including the elite Russell Group Universities, to study a broad cross-section of subjects.

“A total of 43.5% of all grades were A* to A which is comfortably above the national average of 26.4%.

“At Monmouth, the boys work extremely hard in their academic studies, and achieve results, alongside being involved in many other activities that contribute to our co-curricular programme.”

Dr Daniel added: “As the boys move into a range of exciting university courses they leave us as confident and assured young men.”