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 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.”