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Outstanding GCSE results at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools

August 23rd, 2018
Pupils at Monmouth School for Boys celebrate their exam results with Headmaster, Dr Andrew Daniel.
Pupils at Monmouth School for Girls celebrate their exam results with Acting Head, Mr Tom Arrand, and Head of Year 12, Mrs Kate Callaghan.
Some of the top achievers at Monmouth School for Boys. From left: Joseph H, Cameron M, Adam W, Thomas E, Kyah M, and Joseph S.
High achievers: Rowing aces Thomas E, Joseph S, Joseph H and Cameron M trialled for Great Britain in a coxed IV in Nottingham earlier this year.

Pupils at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools 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 at Monmouth School for Boys and Monmouth School for Girls certainly paid off.

Despite the uncertainty of the grading changes, at Monmouth School for Boys, 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).

At Monmouth School for Girls, almost a quarter of all grades achieved on the reformed 9-1 grading were the coveted 9.

For the girls, a total 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.

Seven pupils at Monmouth School for Boys 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.”

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.”

Ellie C achieved the equivalent of 11 A*s and Lili S, from Orcop, 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.”

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