Academic Results 2020
Students at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools are celebrating their A level results after an extraordinary chapter in their young lives.
The students in Monmouth Schools Sixth Form showed maturity and resilience throughout the coronavirus pandemic, which disrupted their studies.
This is also the first A level cohort to have been fully integrated in Monmouth Schools Sixth Form since co-educational teaching was launched in September 2018.
There have been outstanding individual performances, while 50% of all grades were A* to A and 75% were A* to B.
Three students at Monmouth School for Girls have secured places at Oxbridge.
Eva, who lives in Usk, has been awarded A*s in Maths, Chemistry and Physics and an A in Further Maths and will be taking up an offer to read Chemical Engineering at Queen’s College, University of Cambridge.
Abergavenny’s Soha will also be heading to the University of Cambridge, to study Modern and Medieval Languages at Murray Edwards College, after achieving A*s in English Literature and History and an A in German.
Budding linguist Jena, who lives near Abergavenny, has secured an A* in German and As in both French and Russian and has an open application to read a degree in German and Czech at the University of Oxford.
Head of School at Monmouth School for Boys, Joe, who lives near Ross-on-Wye, has been awarded A*s in French, History and Mathematics and will read History and French at the University of Bristol.
Captain of the 1st XI football team, Anan, who lives in Coleford, has scored A*s in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics and an A in Further Maths and will study Medicine at University College London.
Jack also excelled, securing A*s in Mathematics, Further Maths and Physics and an A in Chemistry. He will now head to Durham University to read Mathematics.
Lydney’s Kyah has been awarded A*s in Economics, Mathematics and Further Maths and an A in History and is taking up an offer to study Mathematics and Economics at the London School of Economics.
Rugby player Adam, who represents Dragons Rugby, will take up an offer to study Medicine at Cardiff University after being awarded As in Biology, Chemistry and History.
Cricket captain, Thomas, from Chepstow, recorded an A* in Mathematics and As in Chemistry, Further Maths and Physics and will be heading to the University of Bristol to read Mechanical Engineering.
Other outstanding candidates include sports scholar, Elinor, an international lacrosse player with Wales, who achieved A*s in Psychology, PE and Geography. Elinor, who has raised more than £5,000 for the Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) charity, will be studying Psychology at Loughborough University.
Fellow Wales international lacrosse player, Bethan, a Music and Sport scholar from Ross-on-Wye, will read Psychology at the University of Warwick after recording A*s in English Literature, Music and Art.
Deputy Head Girl at Monmouth School for Girls, Esme, will study Modern Languages at Durham University after being awarded two A*s and an A.
Amelia, who achieved two A*, an A and an A in EPQ, is also be taking up an offer at Durham University to study Modern Languages and Cultures.
Mrs Jessica Miles, Headmistress at Monmouth School for Girls, said: “These have been extraordinary times to be taking A levels and we are overwhelmingly proud of the maturity and resilience shown by our Year 13 students.
“The class of 2020 has worked hard and navigated its way through unprecedented circumstances brought about by the coronavirus pandemic and unfortunately we have not been able to mark key milestones with them, such as speech days and end of term celebrations, or to say our goodbyes.
“Therefore, it is always a relief when the hard work is recognised and we are delighted that the vast majority of our students have been successful in achieving places at their first or second choice universities.
“We look forward to the day when we are able to mark their achievements and their time at school.”
Mr Simon Dorman, Acting Head at Monmouth School for Boys, said: “We share the frustrations of our students who were not able to sit their A level exams this summer due to the pandemic and whose grades have been calculated.
“We are proud that 50% of all grades were A* to A, meaning that the majority of students’ expectations have been met or exceeded.
“We believe that the positivity shown by our students over the past five months during such difficult circumstances should help them to deal with the challenges they may face in the future.
“The students always work extremely hard at Monmouth in their academic studies and achieve excellent results alongside being so heavily involved in many activities across the schools.”
Principal, Mr James Murphy-O’Connor, paid tribute to the teaching staff at Monmouth for their dedication and professionalism.
“The dedicated teaching staff at Monmouth rose to the challenge brought about by the pandemic and these results also illustrate their professionalism and hard work,” he said.
“The teaching staff were asked to provide assessments on every Year 13 student and combined that with managing a hugely successful switch to our online teaching programme.”
Students at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools have achieved a very strong set of results in the more challenging two-year linear A-level examinations.
At Monmouth School for Boys, 40.7% of all grades were A* to A – well above the national average of 25.5% – and 66.8% were A* to B, an improvement in the results from 2018.
The A* rate was 11.1% and a total of 84% of all grades were A* to C.
Fourteen boys recorded three or more A* and A grades.
Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools were particularly pleased that the vast majority of students gained their first or second choice place at university.
Great Britain junior rowing cox, Jack, a Deputy Head of School at Monmouth School for Boys, achieved three As and will be taking up an offer to read History at Oxford University.
Adam, a fellow Deputy Head of School, who was heavily involved in last year’s outstanding Young Enterprise business project, was awarded three A*s.
Joe was another student who excelled, recording two A*s and two As and will be heading to the University of St Andrews to read Computer Science.
He said: “I am absolutely delighted and the results have put me on the pathway towards working in computing, possibly in cyber-security.”
Jerome, who achieved 3 A*s and an A, and Anuj, who secured an A* and three As, were also among the successful students.
Sixteen-year-old Robin, who has just finished Year 11, took the A level Mathematics exam two years early and gained an outstanding A* grade.
Headmaster at Monmouth School for Boys, Dr Andrew Daniel, said: “This is the first year of the fully reformed and more challenging two-year linear A level examinations and the boys have achieved very strong results.
“Having played such a full role in the life of the school, alongside their academic commitments, the vast majority of boys are now able to take up offers at their first or second choice university.”
Pupils at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools achieved excellent results in this year’s GCSE and IGCSE examinations.
The results include a mixture of letter and number gradings with a 9 considered to be a high A*, an 8 a low A*, a 7 the equivalent of an A grade and 4 the equivalent of a C grade pass.
At Monmouth School for Boys, 19.2% of all grades on the 9-1 grading system were the coveted 9, with 55.2% at 9-7 and 95.2% at 9-4.
In the traditional letter grading system, 32.8% of all grades were A*, while 62.3% were A* to A, 85.2% were A* to B, and 96.7% were A* to C.
Four pupils at Monmouth School for Boys achieved 9-8 or A*s in all their subjects with two securing the highest possible grades.
Jonah, who lives near Raglan, achieved nine 9s and an A* and will be taking A levels in Maths, Physics and French.
“I am very relieved and delighted with my results because I thought the English and Biology exams were very tough,” said Jonah, a former Raglan Primary School pupil.
Adam, who lives near Ross-on-Wye, recorded an outstanding haul of nine 9s and an A*.
“I came into school to collect my results rather than accessing them online because I enjoy the camaraderie of being with all my friends,” said Adam, who will be studying Biology, Chemistry and English at A level.
“I didn’t know what to expect due to the new, tougher exam system, but I worked hard and I achieved better than I had expected.”
Edward, a keen rower and musician who plays the cello and clarinet, achieved eight 9s, an 8 and an A.
“I didn’t check my results online and I came in to collect my results the traditional way. It was nice to get the envelope in my hands,” said Edward, who will be studying French, German, Maths and Further Maths at A level.
“My results are what I had hoped for, so I am delighted.”
Sean who secured seven 9s, an A* and two 8s and Tom, from Itton near Chepstow, with six 9s, an 8 and an A*, also excelled.
Tom said: “I am especially happy with my 9 in Maths because it was a very tough exam. I am pleased overall because I am interested in a career in finance and I will be taking A levels in Maths, History and Chemistry.”
Headmaster, Dr Andrew Daniel, said: “This is the second year that the boys have taken the new and more demanding GSCEs and the hard work among pupils and staff has paid off.
“Two boys achieved a full set of grade 9s or A*s and another seven achieved a complete set of 9–7 grades or A*- A grades.
“The vast majority of our boys are heavily involved in all aspects of school life and some of the cohort have had to overcome significant challenges this year. Staff and pupils should be pleased with this excellent set of results.”
Outstanding GCSE results at Monmouth School for Boys
Pupils at Monmouth School for Boys achieved outstanding results in this year’s GCSE and IGCSE examinations.
The results include a mixture of letter and number gradings with a new 9 considered to be a high A*, an 8 a low A*, a 7 the equivalent of an A grade, and 4 the equivalent of a C grade pass.
Hard work and dedication from the pupils and teaching staff certainly paid off.
Despite the uncertainty of the grading changes, a total of 71% of all grades were A* to A (or 9-7 on the new scale), compared to 61.9% in 2017, and 98% were A* to C (or 9-4).
Seven pupils achieved the highest grade across all their subjects and over 30% of grades, awarded on the reformed 9-1 grading, were the coveted 9.
Coleford duo Anan K and Tomos B; Joseph H, Kyah M, Cameron M, and Joseph S, who lives in Newport, all recorded a remarkable a haul of 10 A*s or a 9.
Kyah M, from Lydney, said: “I am delighted that the hard work has paid off and I am looking forward to taking Maths, Further Maths, Economics and History at A level in the Sixth Form.
“I am interested in finance and banking and I would like to try to get into Oxbridge to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics.”
Keen rower Joseph H, from Ross-on-Wye, said: “I put a lot of work in and decided to treat my mock exams as the real thing to get a benchmark.
“I am eventually hoping to read Classics at Oxbridge, so I will be studying Maths, Further Maths, Latin and Ancient Greek at A level.”
Music scholar, Cameron M, from Abergavenny, said: “It was a complete surprise because I had set my hopes lower but I am ecstatic with the results.
“I can’t wait to start my A levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and English in the Sixth Form. I play the trombone and piano and sing in the choir and I am now thinking about applying for Oxbridge.”
Ieuan R, who lives near Raglan, and Edward S, from Herefordshire, were awarded the highest grade in nine subjects.
Thomas E, from Bristol, secured the top grade in eight subjects and keen sportsman Adam W in seven subjects.
Abergavenny’s Adam W, who plays rugby for Hereford Colts and was a member of Worcester Warriors’ Academy, said: “I made sure I came in this morning to pick up my results rather than look online because I wanted to see my friends.
“The overall results are great across the board. I am going to study Biology, Chemistry, History and French because I want to read Medicine at university.”
Dr Andrew Daniel, Headmaster at Monmouth School for Boys, said: “Given that many of our boys are very actively involved in our extra-curricular programmes, this year’s results are particularly impressive.
“A total of 71% of all grades were A* to A (or 9-7 on the new scale) and seven pupils were exceptional, securing the highest possible grades in 10 subjects. The staff and pupils should be very proud of their achievements.”
Excellent A level results at Monmouth School for Boys
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.”
William G was another stand-out candidate, achieving two A*s and two As to study Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London.
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.”
Outstanding A level results for Monmouth School for Boys
Pupils at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools are today celebrating an outstanding set of A level results.
The two schools gained twice the national average for the top A level grades.
Monmouth School for Boys enjoyed its best results since 2012, with 21% of pupils achieving A* grades, and 55% A* to A.
Two boys – Sam and Jonathan – achieved a remarkable four A*s in their examinations.
A total of 76% of the boys were awarded A* to B grades and 28% achieved three or more A to A* grades.
The pass rate at Monmouth School for Boys was 100% which showed the dedication and hard work of Sixth Formers and staff.
Sam, who was the lead for a Minecraft project replicating Monmouth School’s historic buildings, sealed a place at Cambridge University with his outstanding four A* grades. Sam, who lives in Monmouth, also ran the school’s hugely successful altitude ballooning club, will read Computer Science at Robinson College.
Skenfrith’s James C, who was part of the school’s winning Young Rewired State’s Festival of Code competition, achieved three A*s and an A to seal his place to read Computer Science at Keble College, Oxford University.
The vice-captain of the first VIII rowing team, James B, was awarded three As to confirm his place at Oxford University.
James, who lives in Monmouth and was also the leader of the school’s lower strings orchestra, will study Classics at Corpus Christi College.
Head boy, Joe, from Bettws Newydd, near Usk, will be studying History at Durham University after being awarded an A* and two As.
Deputy Head Boy, Dan, who was also captain of the football team, will be reading International Management and Modern Languages at the University of Bath after achieving three A*s and an A.
Dylan was awarded an A* and two As and will study Medicine at King’s College London and Harry, from Magor, will also study Medicine, heading to Cardiff University after securing three A*s.
Zelig, from Coleford, who was leader of the upper strings orchestra and a tennis captain, will also be reading Medicine, at the Queen Mary University of London, having achieved two A*s and two As.
Dr Andrew Daniel, Headmaster of Monmouth School for Boys, said: “We are particularly pleased that the boys achieved such outstanding academic results while also contributing with great energy and enthusiasm to the many areas of our co-curricular programme.
“We achieved our best set of results in five years – with 55% achieving A* to A grades, and 76% A* to B. These headline statistics are very strong indeed, and something for the boys and staff to be proud of.”
EXCELLENT GCSE RESULTS FOR MONMOUTH SCHOOL FOR BOYS
Four pupils at Monmouth School for Boys achieved a clean sweep of A* grades and 19 gained A*s to A.
A total of 93% of pupils attained A* to C grades, with 35% achieving an A* and 81% celebrating A* to B grades.
Pupils were also among the first cohort to receive grades in a numerical format as opposed to letters.
Under the new system, 9, 8 and 7 are equivalent to A* or A, while 6, 5 and 4 are equivalent to B or C.
Two of the boys’ leading performers were Joe, from Llandogo, and Jack, from Devauden near Chepstow, who both achieved 11 A*s and a 9 in English.
Keen footballer Adam scored nine A*s and a 9 in English, while Matthew, who was also awarded nine A*s, achieved an 8 in English.
The boys excelled particularly in IGCSE examination subjects which are more theoretical and exam-based than GCSEs, and are regarded as more challenging.
An impressive tally of 40 pupils gained A* in Biology with 81% awarded A* to A grades.
A total of 76% of pupils achieved A* to A grades in Maths, while that figure was 74% for Physics and 71% for both History and Chemistry.
A solid 59% of pupils achieved A* to A grades in English Literature.
Other highlights included cross-country runner Robbie who was awarded eight A*s, an A and a 7 in English and Antony, from Newport, who achieved eight A*s, an A and a 9.
Former triathlon champion Frank has overcome a life-changing diagnosis to secure four As, four Bs and a 6 in English.
Frank immersed his whole life in sport and was an outstanding rugby player until tests revealed he had an inherited heart condition.
Told to stop strenuous physical activity, he has since discovered a new passion for Music and Photography.
Dr Andrew Daniel, Headmaster of Monmouth School for Boys, said: “Following our outstanding A level results last week, we can be pleased with today’s GCSE results.
“A total of 81% of boys achieved A* to B grades under the careful guidance of our dedicated teaching staff.
“Four students achieved a full set of A* grades and 19 gained a full set of A* to A grades.
“Our IGCSE results were particularly strong. The grades in Biology were excellent with 40 pupils achieving an A* grade and 81% securing grades from A* to A.
“The diligence and hard work of our boys has also been rewarded by the high number of A* to A grades in Maths, Physics, History and Chemistry.
“We are delighted that our students achieve such strong examination results alongside their very active involvement in the many activities in our extra-curricular programme.”
A LEVEL RESULTS JOY AT MONMOUTH SCHOOL FOR BOYS
A level pupils celebrated a glowing set of results at Monmouth School for Boys.
The hard work and dedication of sixth formers and staff paid off with almost one in three candidates gaining all A* or A grades.
Monmouth School for Boys enjoyed its best set of results in four years, with 50.2% A* – A grades and three quarters of all grades A* – B. Three boys, Freddie, Dan and Sam all achieved four A*s.
Head Boy, Sam, will take up his place to study maths at Oxford after achieving a remarkable 4 A*s and 100% in his physics paper.
The 1st XIII rower said: “I was really nervous but excited this morning – my hands were shaking over my cup of tea! I was genuinely surprised and relieved when I opened UCAS to see my offer was confirmed.”
Zac was awarded two A*s and an A and is excited to begin reading medicine at Oxford.
He said: “I mostly felt relief when I opened my results. All the hard work has paid off and I’m looking forward to what’s next – it means a lot.”
Freddie’s four A*s will enable him to study medicine at King’s College London.
He said: “Both of my parents are farmers, so I’ll be the first medic in the family. I’m thrilled with my results. I’m hoping to specialise in forensic psychology or surgery and I’m very excited about embarking on my medical career.”
Dr Andrew Daniel, Headmaster of Monmouth School for Boys, said: “Such strong results have allowed boys to take up places at their universities of choice, including Oxford and Cambridge, and the elite Russell Group Universities. We are particularly pleased that the boys achieved such excellent results alongside being involved in many other activities: many of our most committed sportsmen and musicians, for example, achieved outstanding grades. This is the hallmark of Monmouth School for Boys – the pupils certainly work extremely hard in their academic studies, and achieve outstanding results, but they also make highly valued contributions to a wide range of other activities in School.”
BOYS CELEBRATE OUTSTANDING GCSE RESULTS
Focus and determination paid off as pupils celebrated outstanding GCSE and IGCSE results at Monmouth School for Boys.
43% of all grades were A*. Eleven boys gained at least eight A*s, and two pupils, Oli and Richard, achieved 11 A*s.
An impressive 68.6% of all grades were A* to A, 20 boys gained all A*s and As, and three candidates achieved a clean sweep of A*s.
Oli put in a huge amount of work to achieve his excellent results.
He said: “It’s such a nice feeling to know all the effort paid off in the end.
“If you’ve got the right grades it means you can go anywhere you want – they’re a passport for life.
“Teachers at Monmouth have been so supportive. They kept me calm at stressful times.
“My advice to pupils taking GCSEs is to trust your teachers and do what they say.
“It’s also really important to take breaks and distract yourself from studying from time to time because otherwise the stress builds up.
“I love photography, so I went for lots of walks and took pictures when I needed a distraction.”
Will, who has come up through the Haberdashers’ Schools from nursery at Agincourt, achieved nine A*s and an A.
He said: “I set myself targets to complete a chapter or a topic at a time – it’s a lot more rewarding that way.
“Going for a run in the mornings definitely helped me to clear my head too.
“I was very happy when I saw my results this morning.”
Pupils also performed well in the more challenging IGCSE examinations.
At the boys’ school, A*/A grades were awarded to 84.6% of biology papers, 83.1% of physics exams, 78.4% of chemistry papers and 74.5% of history candidates.
Dr Andrew Daniel, Headmaster of Monmouth School for Boys, said: “The jewel in the crown is that our percentage A* has increased to a superb 43%. This reflects very well indeed on the great efforts of our students, and is particularly impressive given that many of these boys are very actively involved in our extra-curricular programmes. The staff and I are so proud of the achievements of this year group, and they have certainly set the foundations for excellence in the sixth form at Monmouth School for Boys.”
2015 A Level Results…
A level pupils celebrated a glowing set of results at the Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools. The hard work and dedication of pupils and staff paid off with almost one in three students gaining all A* or A grades.
Monmouth School for Boys gained its second highest percentage of A* grades with 22.3% of all exams being awarded the coveted A* grade. 45.2% of exams were graded A* or A and four boys achieved an astonishing 4 A* grades with a further seven gaining 3A* grades. The following pupils were awarded 4A*s and will take up their places at Oxford: Tim to read chemistry, James to read engineering, William to read mathematics and Ben to read physics.
Harri, Tom, Jamie, Matthew, Jordan, Joel and David all pulled off a hat-trick of A*s. Deputy Head Boy, Jamie, will take up his place to study English literature at King’s College, Cambridge. Ben gained 1 A* and 3 A grades to wrap off a summer which also saw him win a national computing competition as part of team Buoy, alongside Harri.
Dr Andrew Daniel, who has just taken up the post of Headmaster at Monmouth School for Boys, said:
“Monmouth School for Boys pupils can be hugely proud of the excellent set of A Level results that they have received today, and they have made my first week as Headmaster a very happy one! The boys have worked extremely hard and made great progress in their final year in our School, and I thank the hard-working staff of the school for their caring and expert support. No less than 29 boys achieved at least three A grades. It is particularly pleasing that many of our high performers have also achieved excellence in a wide range of other activities at Monmouth School for Boys, with leading sportsmen and musicians receiving many top grades. As our boys move into a wide range of exciting university courses they leave us as confident and assured young men.”
2015 GCSE Results…
Focus and determination paid off as pupils celebrated outstanding GCSE and IGCSE results at the Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools.
At Monmouth School for Boys, 30% of boys achieved 10 or more A* to A grades and there were 14 pupils, in the cohort of 89, with eight or more A* grades.
Matthew, who was pivotal in a project to recreate a true-scale version of Monmouth School for Boys in online game Minecraft, was awarded 11 A*s.
He said: “I haven’t been this excited for a while – I’d prepared myself for worse results but this is the best possible outcome by a mile.
“There is honestly no substitute for revision and hard work. I studied for up to six hours a day at Christmas time and then upped it over Easter leading to exams.
“If you get your head down, you can do it.”
Matthew hopes to study computer science at university in the future.
Another four boys, James, Will, Calum and Henry were awarded at least 10 A*s.
Budding football star Dan, who plays for the School’s 1st team, is celebrating nine A*s and an A grade.
At Monmouth School 36.2% of all grades were A*s, with 84.4% of pupils gaining A* to Bs.
Headmaster Andrew Daniel said: “Following our outstanding A level and AS level results last week, today we can celebrate the very strong GCSE results achieved by Monmouth School for Boys. No less than 27 boys were awarded 10 or more A* or A grades. The GCSE results are a great reward for these pupils, given their diligent work to prepare for the examinations.
“With almost two thirds of all grades awarded at A* or A, our boys are very well prepared indeed for success in their future studies. I would particularly like to commend this year group for the impressive academic progress that they have made, under the careful guidance of our expert teaching staff.”