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.”