All the hard work and dedication paid off as pupils celebrated outstanding GCSE and IGCSE results at the Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools.
Monmouth School achieved its best pass rate (A* to C grade) in four years with 97.5 per cent. Out of 88 boys at Monmouth School, 24 achieved a clean sweep of A*/A grades, and three pupils – Rory, Zachariah and Samuel – were awarded 11 A*s.
Rory said: “It’s a relief to achieve these grades. It’s important when you put so much effort in.
“Eleven A*s was always the aim.
“Perfection is addictive.
And for Zachariah, 11 A*s means he is on course to achieving his dream of becoming a surgeon one day.
He said: “I’m thankful all the hard work paid off in the end.
“I will hopefully go into medicine.
“I’d like to be a surgeon – I like the idea of applying science in that field.”
Rory, Samuel and Zachariah celebrating their results
Both Schools switched to IGCSE in biology, chemistry, physics and history, a more rigorous examination equivalent to an old O level, to ensure all students were stretched and better able to face the challenges of A levels and university.
Dr Steven Connors, Headmaster of Monmouth School, said: “We are thrilled with these tremendous results which show that the boys have performed well across the board.
“Our decision to switch to IGCSE in history has clearly been vindicated, as that department’s results have returned to their usual high standard with 27 boys achieving A*s and 26 achieving A grades in the subject.
“It is nice not to be caught up with the volatility in history grades that we experienced in the past.
“The boys should all be extremely proud of what they have achieved, and I would like to thank the teachers for their support, encouragement and unwavering commitment.”