Academic Results 2021
Students at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools are celebrating their A level results today after a remarkable chapter in their lives.
The students in Monmouth Schools Sixth Form showed tremendous resilience as they overcame disruption and uncertainty caused by the pandemic during the past 18 months.
The Monmouth students achieved outstanding individual results after adapting to learn in different ways – both at home and at school.
A total of 37.3% of all grades were A*, while 65.8% were A* to A, and 86.8% were A* to B.
Four students fulfilled their Oxbridge offers.
Xiaoli, aged 16, will be reading Engineering at Queens’ College, University of Cambridge, after achieving four A* and an A* in Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) to add to A* in both Maths and Further Maths. She also has 15 GCSEs under her belt and Grade 8 in Music Theory, flute and piano. Inspired to pursue a degree in Engineering after an alumna, Priyanka Aswani, returned to school to give a talk, Xiaoli would like to be an aerospace engineer.
Head Girl at Monmouth School for Girls, Anna, gained two A* and two As and will be reading German and Linguistics at The Queen’s College, Oxford. She is also taking up a choral music scholarship. A member of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, Anna is also in the Rodolfus Choir (run by Ralph Allwood). Anna won the Oxford-German Olympiad in 2020 and led the cello section in Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools Symphony Orchestra and Senior Strings.
Robin, who achieved two A* and an A to add to his A* in both Maths and Further Maths, fulfilled his offer for a place at the University of Cambridge. However, Robin has decided to read a degree in Computer Science with Cyber Security at the University of Southampton, a course which he believes is better suited to his future career path.
Ellie Cole, who was awarded two A*s and two As in her A levels last summer, has accepted an offer to read German and Hebrew at St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford.
Ellie applied to Oxford whilst in Germany, sitting her admissions tests in Munich and doing the interviews from the school. She attended Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools from Nursery to Sixth Form and, as part of her degree at Oxford, will spend a year abroad at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Four students are following their dreams to read Medicine. Ally, who recorded four A*, will be studying at King’s College London, while Anais, with three A*s, is heading to University College London. Adam, with three A*s, has secured his place at the University of Birmingham and Nicole, with three A*, to add to her A* in Chinese, will be taking her degree at Cardiff University.
Chloe, with an two A* and one A, has secured a place to read Dentistry at the University Bristol. Mari, with two A*, an A and an A* in EPQ, and Ellie, with an A* and two As, will be reading a veterinary degree at the University of Nottingham and University of Liverpool, respectively.
Charles (Maths, University of Warwick), Jonah (Chemistry, Imperial College London), Rose (Architecture, University of Edinburgh) and Che (Mathematics with Finance, University of Exeter) also achieved four A* in this year’s results.
Deputy Head Boy at Monmouth School for Boys, Josh (Mathematical Computation, University College London), Maria (Computer Science, University College London), Vivian (Mathematics with Management and Finance, King’s College London), and Aidan (Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham) all achieved three A*s and an A.
Headmistress at Monmouth School for Girls, Mrs Jessica Miles, said: “This year’s A level students have had to cope with uncertainty and disruption, they have been asked to adapt, to learn in different ways and in different locations and using different tools. They have been supported along the way by their teachers who have worked incredibly hard to develop lesson plans and assessments that have been used both in the classroom and remotely. I am immensely proud of them and extremely grateful for all their commitment.”
Headmaster at Monmouth School for Boys, Mr Simon Dorman, said: “Our Year 13 cohort has performed magnificently in their A level assessments, in spite of facing severe disruption to their studies throughout their Sixth Form courses. We could not be prouder of them and they should be congratulated on their excellent grades. A total of 43 students out of 132 achieved three or more A*/A grades, which is 32.6% of the cohort.”
Mr Dorman added: “Our students have been supported magnificently by our brilliant teaching staff, who have worked tirelessly. The students will now go on to university armed with enviable grades and new skills learned during the pandemic, which will stand them in good stead for the transition to higher education. This is an exciting time for them as they confirm their university places and prepare for the next stage of their education.”
Principal, Mr James Murphy-O’Connor, said: “I am delighted that the hard work and dedication of our students are recognised in the results. Last year, schools had widespread confusion with the algorithm, and this year’s results are fairer and more accurate, and students and parents understand how they have been reached. We were required to submit a policy on how we would determine grades – which were reviewed by exam boards and amendments were made. Significant checks and balances were introduced to ensure fairness in this year’s grade awarding.”
Students at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools are celebrating their GCSE results today after showing tremendous maturity and commitment throughout the past 18 months.
The Year 11 pupils have overcome uncertainty and disruption, caused by the pandemic, and adapted well to the schools’ online learning provision, particularly after the Christmas holidays.
This year’s results include letter and number gradings with a 9 considered to be a top A*, an 8 an A*, a 7 the equivalent of an A grade and a 4 the equivalent of a C grade pass.
At Monmouth School for Girls, 74.7% of all grades were at A* to A/9-7, and 58.7% were A* to 9-8 grades.
A total of 17 girls achieved an impressive set of all 9s and 8s, while five girls recorded an outstanding haul of 10 subjects at grade 9.
Sophia, an academic scholar, would like to study Medicine at the University of Oxford and she took her first step towards it with 12 9 grades. She will be taking A levels in Chemistry, Biology and Maths.
Three girls who each live near Ross-on-Wye were among those leading five performers at the school. Academic scholar Madeleine, who achieved 10 9s, will be studying English, Further Maths and History at A level. Amelia, who recorded 10 9s, is now taking A levels in French, German and History, while academic scholar Milly, who also achieved 10 9s, is planning to take A levels in Maths, German and History.
Jade, another leading performer, achieved 10 9s and an 8.
Eleven girls – Natasha B, Izzy, Martha, Georgia, Natasha M, Ellen, Abigail, Sophie, Amelia, Asha and Elina – received all grades at 9 and 8.
Michelle, a Sixth Form Foundation Year student, returns to Hong Kong with a full set of six 9s.
Thirteen girls also took Additional Maths in Year 11 alongside their GCSEs, all receiving Distinctions.
Headmistress at Monmouth School for Girls, Mrs Jessica Miles, said: “To see three quarters of all grades at 9-7 is testament to the hard work and resilience that our girls have shown during an unprecedented and turbulent time.
“To achieve so much when they have endured such testing times over the last 18 months is truly well deserved.
“They are a brilliant bunch of young women who have supported each other and shown real guts throughout. I couldn’t be more proud of them.
“As always, they have been supported by outstanding teachers, and committed and caring pastoral staff, who have worked tirelessly to ensure that our girls achieve their very best and my thanks go to them. I hope that all our girls will now be able to look forward to the next stage of their education with confidence and excitement.”
Meanwhile, at Monmouth School for Boys, 75.6% of all grades were A* to A/9-7 and 55.4% were A* to 9-8 grades.
A total of 19 boys had grades 9 and 8 for all their subjects. Five boys achieved a clean sweep of grade 9s in their subjects.
Sam and Thomas each gained 10 9 grades. Thomas, an academic scholar, will now be taking Physics, Chemistry and Further Maths at A level.
Rhys, who achieved nine 9s and an A*, is planning to study Physics, Chemistry and Further Maths at A level.
Ollie, an academic scholar, also secured nine 9s and an A*, and will be studying Geography, Biology and Religious Studies at A level.
Sixth Form Foundation Year student, Felix, arrived in the UK for the first time in September and returns to Hong Kong with a clean sweep of five 9 grades.
Fourteen boys – Owen, Matthew, Mikey, Jason, Sam, Adam, Tomos, Jack, Thomas, Otis, Oli, Dylan, Ned and George – received all grades at 9 and 8.
Headmaster at Monmouth School for Boys, Mr Simon Dorman, said: “Three quarters of our boys’ examination entries received one of the top three grades 9-7, or A*/A under the previous grading system, and 31% received the top grade, 9.
“During their two-year GCSE courses, our boys have seen considerable disruption due to the effects of Covid-19 and have had to make many adjustments to how they studied.
“They have shown incredible resilience and determination and it is all the more reason for them to be very proud of what they have achieved.
“Their teachers have worked extremely hard to make sure that the boys have had the very best of classroom teaching and online support for the periods of home learning.
“I am so pleased to see our boys getting the excellent results that they deserve. They are a hard-working group, who give so much to the school community in and out of the classroom, and have been consistently impressive in how they have dealt with the restrictions imposed by the pandemic.”
Principal at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools, Mr James Murphy O’Connor, was delighted that students at both Monmouth School for Boys and Monmouth School for Girls achieved such excellent grades in their GCSEs.
Mr Murphy-O’Connor added: “Today’s GCSE results are a great credit to them and their hard work as well as to the teaching staff who have supported, guided and inspired them.
“Our students now turn their thoughts to the start of their A level courses in September and can approach their Sixth Form studies with great confidence.”
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 61.8% of all grades were A* to A and 86.8% 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, History and 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 4 A*s in Economics, Mathematics, Further Maths and 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 61.8% 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.”
Pupils celebrate GCSE results at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools
The students showed maturity and commitment throughout the coronavirus pandemic, which disrupted their studies and caused the postponement of the summer examinations.
Principal of Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools, Mr James Murphy O’Connor, believes these results will give the hard-working and motivated students the confidence to move forward with excitement.
The results include 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 a 4 the equivalent of a C grade pass.
At Monmouth School for Girls, 81.6% of all grades were at A* to A and 9-7, while 100% were at A* to C and 9-4.
A total of 11 girls achieved nine or more A*/9-8 grades.
Carys swept the board with the highest grade possible in each of her 11 GCSEs.
The teenager also achieved an A in her Level 3 (AS) Maths qualification and is now planning to study Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry at A level.
Charly has been with Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools since nursery and she achieved nine 9s and an A*.
Charly balanced her sporting activities and passion for horse riding with her GCSE studies. She also recorded an A in her in her Level 3 (AS) Maths qualification and will now be studying A levels in Biology, Chemistry and German.
Eighteen Year 11 girls took a Level 3 (AS) Maths qualification early and 83% achieved the top grade, while 10 Year 11 pupils achieved a distinction in Additional Maths.
A total of 11 Year 10 pupils were entered for Maths GCSE early and 10 recorded a grade 9 with the remaining pupil also excelling, with an 8. Sophia, in Year 10, secured a 9 in both Maths and French, while Sammara, also in Year 10, recorded a 9 in German.
Headmistress at Monmouth School for Girls, Mrs Jessica Miles, said: “We are very proud of our Year 11 girls who have shown remarkable resolve during the lockdown and worked incredibly hard, particularly over the past two years.
“The last five months have been an unsettling time for everyone, but we are delighted that the efforts and commitment from our girls have been reflected in their final grades.
“Our students can be proud of their achievements and we look forward to welcoming them back next month to begin their A level studies in Monmouth Schools Sixth Form.”
Head of Year 11 at Monmouth School for Girls, Mrs Julia Harper, said: “My year group are truly wonderful. I am very proud of their results, which are thoroughly deserved and reflect the dedication they have shown during their GCSE studies.
“I am very excited to see where the future will take each and every one of them as they build on their success.”
Principal of Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools, Mr James Murphy O’Connor, said: “I am delighted that our students at both Monmouth School for Boys and Monmouth School for Girls have achieved such excellent grades in their GCSEs.
“This is a great credit to them and their hard work as well as to the teaching staff who have supported and inspired them throughout their studies.
“In a time of bewildering change and uncertainty, I am certain that these results will give our students the confidence to move forward with excitement and commitment.”
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 Girls, 40.2% of all grades were A* to A – again exceeding the national average – and 70.1% – more than two-thirds of all grades – were A* to B.
The A* rate was 10.8% and 88.3% of all grades were A* to C, an improvement in the results from 12 months ago.
Ten girls achieved three or more A* and A grades.
Deputy Head Girl (Boarding), Mererid, a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, recorded two A*s and two As and will take up an offer to read Music at Newnham College, Cambridge University.
“I have had seven brilliant years in Monmouth and it has given a wonderful grounding and I can’t wait for the exciting challenges at Cambridge,” said Mererid.
Bella, who joined the Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools’ family at Pre-Prep and Nursery, secured one A* and two As and will now read French and German at Oxford University.
Freya will also be heading to Oxford University, to study Law at St Anne’s College, after achieving three As and a B.
Deputy Head Girl, Lisa, who holds a prestigious Arkwright Engineering Scholarship and runs her own business, was awarded three As and a B and will read Mechanical Engineering at Birmingham University.
Head Girl, Faisa, who achieved three As, will follow her dream to read Medicine at Cardiff University.
“I am so happy,” said Faisa. “I have had a brilliant year as Head Girl of the school and now I can follow my dreams of studying medicine.”
Deputy Head Girl, Katie, will head to Edinburgh University to study French and German after she also achieved three As.
GB sailor, Hannah, achieved three A*s and will read Natural Sciences at Exeter University.
Fourteen-year-old Xiaoli, who lives in Mitchel Troy and hopes to become an astronaut, passed her A level Mathematics exam with an outstanding A* grade.
Headmistress at Monmouth School for Girls, Mrs Jessica Miles, said: “It is always a relief when the hard work pays off and the girls achieve their personal best.
“An impressive percentage of A* to A grades means that the vast majority of our students’ expectations have been met or exceeded.
“The girls work extremely hard at Monmouth in their academic studies and achieve impressive results alongside being so heavily involved in many activities at the school.”
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 Girls, 27.2% of all grades on the 9-1 grading system were the coveted 9, while 64.7% of grades were 9-7 and 97.1 % were 9-4.
In the letter grading, 31.9% of all grades were A*, while 66.9% were A* to A, 86.1% were A* to B, and 97.2% were A* to C.
An impressive total of 14 pupils achieved nine or more A*/9-8 grades.
Three pupils at Monmouth School for Girls recorded the highest grade across all their subjects.
Talented musician, Anna, achieved seven 9s, three A*s and a Distinction in Additional Maths.
A talented cellist, Anna, from Monmouth, played with the National Youth Orchestra of Wales (NYAW) this summer.
“I worked quite hard and I am really thrilled,” said Anna, a former Cross Ash Primary School pupil who hopes to study at Oxbridge and is taking A levels in Maths, German and French or Economics.
Sophie and Sheida also swept the board in their exams. Sophie scored 9s and three A*s, while Sheida recorded seven 9s and two A*s and both achieved a Distinction in Additional Maths.
Budding film maker and lacrosse player Maya, from Abergavenny, also excelled with six 9s, two 8s, two A*s and an A plus a Distinction in Additional Maths.
Maya played lacrosse for Wales at the Home Internationals in Cardiff earlier this year and represented the Dragons in Canada this summer.
Maya, who enjoys watching adventure movies, studied GCSE French independently and in her own time with mum, Verity, as her tutor.
Maya attended Llanvihangel Crucorney Primary School before joining Monmouth in Year 6.
She would like to work as a film maker or director and will be studying English, History and German or French at A level.
Welsh athlete, Alaw, achieved five 9s, four A*s, a 8 and a Distinction in Additional Maths.
Fourteen-year-old Xiaoli, from Mitchel Troy, who registered an A* in A level Maths, was outstanding once again, achieving 13 A*-A or 9-7 grades in her GCSEs.
She will now be taking Physics, Chemistry, Further Maths and Computer Science at A level.
Headmistress, Mrs Jessica Miles, said: “Given that many of our girls are actively involved in our extra-curricular programmes, it is pleasing to see our combined A*-A and 9-7 rating at 65.8%.
“Three pupils swept the board with the highest possible grades in their subjects and, as a cohort, almost 40% achieved nine or more A*-A/9-7 grades.
“In Additional Maths, a level in between GCSE and A level Maths, an impressive 96% of all grades were achieved with Distinction.
“This year’s results are excellent and highlight the value of hard work and dedication from our pupils and teaching staff.”
Outstanding GCSE results at Monmouth School for Girls
Pupils at Monmouth School for Girls are celebrating 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, almost a quarter of all grades achieved on the reformed 9-1 grading were the coveted 9.
A 69.3% of all grades were A* to A and 98.4% of all grades were A* to C, compared to 98.1% in 2017. Eighteen out of 22 students who sat the Additional Maths recorded a Distinction.
Three pupils at Monmouth School for Girls secured the highest grade across all their subjects and also gained a Distinction in their Additional Maths.
Amelia G and Esme P, who both live in Monmouth, achieved the highest grade in 11 subjects and Katie T in 10. All three pupils were awarded Distinctions in Additional Maths.
Katie T, from Usk, said: “I am very happy because I wasn’t expecting these results but it means I can now study Biology, Chemistry, Physics and English Literature at A level. Hopefully, it will be another step towards my aim of reading Medicine at university.”
Herefordshire duo Lili S, from Orcop, and Ellie C both achieved the equivalent of 10 A*s.
Ellie C, a keen hockey player and equestrian rider, from Allensmore, said: “I am particularly pleased with my results in languages because I am going to study Russian, German, French and Latin at A level.
“I would like to study Modern Foreign Languages at university and I am looking forward to the new co-educational teaching in the Sixth Form because it will be a natural step before going to university.”
Cara D, from Mitchel Troy, was awarded the highest grade in nine subjects as was Eva B and Holly T.
Eva B, a budding engineer from Caerleon, said: “I am incredibly happy because I want to work in engineering and will be taking Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry at A level.
“I realised I wanted to become an engineer while I was studying GCSE Design and Technology because I enjoyed the practical aspects.”
A keen equestrian rider, Holly T, from Abergavenny, said: “Everyone in my family rides horses and I would like to study veterinary science at university. I am taking Maths, Chemistry and Biology at A level in the Sixth Form.”
Bethan E achieved the highest grade in eight subjects. Bethan, a keen musician from Usk, said: “I was shocked when I saw my results but delighted too. My dream is to study Medicine and I will be taking Biology, Chemistry, and Geography at A level.”
Almost half of the reformed grades at Monmouth School for Girls were achieved at 8 or 9, with Art receiving 50% and Religious Studies 46% of all grades at 9.
Acting Head of Monmouth School for Girls, Mr Tom Arrand, said: “We are very proud that almost a quarter of all grades achieved on the reformed 9-1 grading were at the highest possible mark, 9.
“Three pupils swept the board with the highest grades possible in all their subjects, while two others achieved the equivalent of 10 A*s.
“It highlights the value of hard work and dedication from pupils and the teaching staff.
“With the launch of co-educational teaching from September in Monmouth Schools Sixth Form, we are very excited about the future development of girls and boys within our family of schools as they build on these impressive GCSE results and aim high for their A levels.”
Glowing A level results at Monmouth School for Girls
A level pupils at Monmouth School for Girls are celebrating a glowing set of results.
At Monmouth, 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.
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.”
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.”
OUTSTANDING A LEVEL RESULTS FOR MONMOUTH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
Headmistress, Dr Caroline Pascoe, said: “We have achieved a great set of results in the first year of the new linear A levels. “More than half of all grades were A* to A and over a third of all candidates achieved three or more A to A* grades. “It is a huge relief when the hard work and dedication of staff and pupils pays off and the girls achieve their personal best, whether that is an A*, A, B or C grade.
At Monmouth School for Girls, 17% were A* grades and 54% were A* to A.
One girl – Amelia from Chepstow – was awarded four A*s and will be reading maths at Imperial College London.
A total of 75% of the girls were awarded A* to B grades and more than a third (34%) achieved three or more A to A* grades.
Deputy Head Girl, Kathryn, from Abergavenny, has secured her place at Oxford University, where she will study history, after being awarded two A*s, A and an A* in her Extended Project Qualification.
Head Girl, Amber, achieved three As and will be reading law at the University of Bristol.
“I am very surprised and over the moon with my results,” said Amber, who lives in St Weonards.
“I woke up at 6am to look at my results online and I ran into my mum’s room screaming because I was so pleased.
“I am so excited about going to university because I want to be a solicitor.”
Forces boarder Emily was awarded A, B and C and has secured a full rowing scholarship to attend the University of Connecticut in the USA.Julia achieved A*, B, C and will be taking up a place at the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design.
Bethan, the founder of the Monmouthshire Youth Parliament, achieved two A*s and an A to study English literature at the University of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland.
Dr Pascoe said, ‘“We wish our students every success as they move on to the exciting next stage of their lives.”
OUTSTANDING GCSE RESULTS FOR MONMOUTH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
Monmouth School for Girls is celebrating its best-ever A* performance in a glowing set of GCSE and IGCSE results.
An outstanding 49% of all grades were A* – emphatically eclipsing the 42% of A*s awarded in 2016.
A total of 18 girls achieved nine A*s or more, with 11 awarded at least 10 A*s and 36 attaining nine or more A* to A grades.
More than 90% of all grades were A* to B and 98% of pupils were awarded A* to C.
Twelve-year-old Xiaoli is celebrating A* grades in biology, chemistry, physics and maths.
Xiaoli, who lives in Monmouth, is moving into Year 10 in September and will follow GCSE and IGCSE courses in a further 10 subjects as well as starting A level maths.
Twins Stella and Claire, from Chepstow, achieved 20 A*s between them – each securing a remarkable 10 A*s.
Musician Mereid, from Llandysul in Carmarthenshire, achieved 12 A*s and an A in addition to a distinction in her ATCL violin diploma after scoring 91 out of 100 marks.
There were also outstanding results from three inspirational girls who have gained national recognition in major competitions.
Budding inventor Kia, who has appeared on BBC television’s Dragons’ Den programme, achieved eight A*s, two As and a distinction in additional maths. Kia, from Ross-on-Wye, became a UK Junior Engineer of the Year in 2015 after co-creating a gadget, called Crikey Bikey, which is a harness to help parents teach children to ride a bike safely.
Another talented engineer Lisa, from Abergavenny, who designed an award-winning car dehumidifier and air freshener called Zorbit, was awarded 10 A*s and a distinction in additional maths.
Dr Caroline Pascoe, Headmistress of Monmouth School for Girls, said: “I am delighted for the girls and so proud of them for achieving our best-ever A* performance.
“Almost half of all grades were at A* and an outstanding 90% of all grades were at A* to B which showed that the commitment of staff and pupils certainly paid off.
“The results were excellent across the board with 11 girls achieving 10 A*s or more.”
Dr Pascoe added: “We encourage all our girls to take part in national initiatives and to strive to reach their full potential. We recognise the importance that science, technology, engineering and maths plays in their education.
Eco-warrior Niamh attained 10 A*s and distinction in additional maths. Niamh, who lives in Monmouth, has previously helped the school to win a £100,000 prize in British Gas’ Generation Green energy makeover competition.
“Kia, Lisa and Niamh have won national competitions and are excellent role models for their friends and an inspiration to the younger pupils in the school. I am delighted to see their hard work rewarded with such excellent examination results.”
A Level Results joy at Monmouth School for Girls
A level pupils celebrated a glowing set of results at Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls.
The hard work and dedication of sixth formers and staff paid off with almost one in three students gaining all A* or A grades.
At HMSG, 57.3% of grades were A* or A – more than double the national average – and the vast majority of girls gained access to their first choice university. 83.0% of grades were A* to B, and the pass rate was 100%.
One girl, Stephanie, was awarded five A*s and secured her offer to read engineering at Cambridge.
Ellena achieved two A*s, two As and a B and will take up her place at Oxford to study psychology and philosophy, and Cass has secured her place at Oxford to study theology with two A*s, two As and a B.
Ellena said: “It means a lot – it hasn’t quite sunk in yet.
“When you put in so much work it’s gratifying to get good results.
“I’m most looking to forward to being able to look really in depth at the subjects I love and to being surrounded by such academically-minded people.
“Going to Oxford will be another chance to shape my academic future all over again. I’ve definitely had some very supportive teachers at HMSG who have encouraged me and helped me along the way.”
Mary achieved three As and will be reading French and Spanish at Durham University. The actress, who played Mrs Potts in HMSG’s recent Beauty and the Beast musical, also has a Vice Chancellor’s Performing Arts Scholarship which will see her work on drama productions within primary and secondary schools throughout her time at university.
She said: “I’ve acted all my life and I’ve loved drama from such a young age, so it will be amazing to help other young people discover the same love for it.”
And Pippa, who has rowed for GB and was Captain of the Boats when the HMSG team won the Schools Head this year, is off to study bio chemistry at Imperial College London.
She said: “I was absolutely terrified opening the results. I was very surprised and extremely happy.
“It’s been tough since Easter right the way through, but it’s been worth it.
“I’ve been training the whole time as well – which is great for time management
“Rowing for the last seven years has definitely taught me how to motivate myself.
“I’ve been at HMSG since Year 3 and I couldn’t have done this without being here. All of my teachers have been so amazing.”
Dr Caroline Pascoe, Headmistress of HMSG, added: “We are delighted there has been an improvement on last year’s results. It is a huge relief when the hard work and dedication of staff and pupils pays off and the girls achieve their personal best, whether that is an A*, A, B or C grade. HMSG has achieved above and beyond the national average for A* – A grades across the board, including core STEM subjects. It’s so lovely to see the dedication of such a talented year group help them progress on to their next step.”
Girls celebrate outstanding GCSE results
Focus and determination paid off as pupils celebrated outstanding GCSE and IGCSE results at Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls.
42% of all examinations were graded A* and more than a third of pupils achieved at least seven A*s.
All 20 pupils who sat additional maths achieved a distinction and a third of all girls gained 10 A* to A grades.
Best friends Susie and Lucy were both awarded eight A*s and two As.
Lucy said: “We’ve been together since Reception and we were in a lot of the same classes.
“I can’t believe how well we’ve done.
“We knew maths was going to be a challenge so we did a lot of past papers together.
“We definitely got each other through maths this year.”
Flautist Rosemary, who hopes to study French and German at university, was relieved that her hard work delivered such sterling marks.
She said: “I’m so happy. My advice to people taking GCSEs next year is to stay calm and pace yourself throughout study periods.”
Pupils also performed well in the more challenging IGCSE examinations.
82.6% of biology papers, 82.6% of physics exams, 73.9% of chemistry papers and 78.6% of history assessments were marked at A*/A.
Dr Caroline Pascoe, Headmistress of HMSG, added: “We were delighted for the girls and so proud of them. This is the first year that every single girl who sat additional maths achieved a distinction. It’s all thanks to the dedication and commitment of our pupils and staff.”
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.
At HMSG, 53.7% of grades were A* or A – more than double the national average and the vast majority of girls gained access to their first choice university. 79.6% of grades were A* to B. Hettie gained 3A*s and 1A and will now take up her place to read German and Spanish at Cambridge. While fellow pupil, Lizzie will read classics at Cambridge having gained a remarkable 3A* and 3 A grades as well as being a Soduko champion. Arianna had the distinction of gaining 3 A grades and was the stand-out player at the recent lacrosse world championships where she was offered a scholarship to the University of Delaware by a scout. However, she will take up her place at Imperial College to study geology in September.
Dr Caroline Pascoe, Headmistress at HMSG, said: “I am so proud of the girls’ results today. It is a huge relief when the hard work and dedication of staff and pupils pays off and the girls achieve their personal best, whether that is an A*, A, B or C grade. HMSG has achieved above and beyond the national average for A* – A grades across the board, including core STEM subjects. I cannot wait to see what the Class of 2015 go on to achieve as they set off to contribute to the world using their many and varied individual talents.”
AS Level results at both schools were the best in recent history, with almost 70% at A or B grade. This sets the scene for an exciting future for the pupils as they commence their final year at HMSG and Monmouth School.
2015 GCSE Results
Focus and determination paid off as pupils celebrated outstanding GCSE and IGCSE results at the Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools.
Records were broken at HMSG, where 94.8% of girls achieved A* to B grades and 40% of candidates gained 10 A* to A grades.
The A* to A rate was 74.3% and 30% of girls were awarded seven or more A* grades.
Two girls, Katie and Amelia, both achieved 11 A*s and a distinction in additional maths.
Amina, who gained 10 A*s, is well on her way to realising her dream of becoming a psychiatrist.
She said: “I’m over the moon.
“My brother Anse, who is at Monmouth School, got 11 A*s last year so the pressure was really on!
“I’m a kinesthetic (or active) learner, so I used whiteboards to quiz myself.
“I know teaching a subject is the best way of learning something yourself, so that’s what I did.”
And five Welsh rowers at the School, who took part in this year’s home internationals for Wales, national schools and Henley for HMSG, gained 29 A*s and 17 As between them, highlighting the connection between sport and academic success.
One of the team, Josephine, achieved 10 A*s.
“Rowing teaches you what it means to work hard,” she said.
“It teaches you time management, commitment and those skills really help when it comes to exams.”
Dr Caroline Pascoe, Headmistress at HMSG, said: “We were delighted for the girls and so proud of them for getting the School’s best ever A* to B rate. The commitment and hard work of pupils and staff certainly paid off this year! The results were excellent across the board including the more challenging IGCSE papers which we now undertake in science, history and Chinese. I was particularly pleased to see the strong correlation between the dedication required to compete at a national level in rowing and achieving excellent exam results.
“I think sport in general teaches you how to use time away from studies productively and how to be part of a supportive team. Fitness of body equals fitness of mind.”