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.”