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Oxford and Cambridge Offers

February 11th, 2014


Eleven pupils from the Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools are celebrating Oxford and Cambridge offers, as events to mark 400 years of excellence in education get underway.

Monmouth School was founded in 1614 thanks to a bequest by wealthy merchant Haberdasher, William Jones, and four centuries on six of its current pupils have received conditional offers from two of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities.

Five students from sister school, Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls, founded in 1892, are also on course to study at Oxford and Cambridge.

Among the 11 candidates to receive a conditional offer is young acting star and Monmouth School deputy head boy, Wesley.

The Welsh-speaker from Cardiff played the part of the young Ian Dury in the biographical film Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, and has appeared in productions at the National Theatre in London and on TV in CBBC series The Sparticle Mystery, plus Casualty, Where the Hart Is and Doctors.

But he’ll be swapping the boards for legal books if he obtains his projected A-Levels by studying Law at Keble College, Oxford.

“Wesley is a fantastic actor and debater who has shared the screen with the likes of Ray Winstone,” said Head of Sixth Form, Hugh Tatham, “and like the rest of the boys, he’s someone who aspires and stretches himself in other fields beyond his academic achievements and is a thoroughly decent young man.

“We’re very proud of our Oxbridge boys, alongside all our sixth formers holding offers to study at top universities, who will all add to the cultural and sporting life of the institutions they attend.”

Jack from Usk has an offer to study History at St Catherine’s Cambridge, and Mr Tatham said: “It’s remarkable that Jack is the latest in a long line of history candidates to win an Oxbridge offer, with 14 successful students from Monmouth in the last 10 years alone.”

Talented musician and singer Ben from Monmouth, who won a Nuffield Bursary to do scientific research and presented his findings to Nobel Prize winner Sir Martin Evans, has an offer to study Natural Sciences at Homerton, Cambridge, while Devan Kuleindiren from Coleford, who was commended in the Kelvin Science prize, has one to study Computer Science at Robinson, Cambridge.

Oliver from Newport, a keen musician, has an offer to study Human, Social and Political Sciences at Sidney Sussex, Cambridge, while first eight rower Robert has one to study Maths at Exeter College, Oxford.

Three of the five students from Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls have received offers to study sciences and two to study Law.

Deputy Head of HMSG, Tom Arrand, said the three science offers were in “direct contrast to the national trend of girls failing to pursue such studies in science, technology, engineering and maths.”
GB and Wales sailor and British Schools medal rower Rachel from Llandenny has been offered a place to study Engineering at Christ’s College, Cambridge, while Roshani, a member of the Wales team at last year’s world debating championships in Turkey, has received an offer from Newnham College, Cambridge, to study Natural Sciences.
Grade 8 musician and talented composer Charlotte from Chepstow has been offered a conditional place at St Anne’s, Oxford, to study medicine, while talented linguist Marianne from Ross-on-Wye has an offer to study  Law and German at Hertford, Oxford, and Rachel to study Law at Lady Margaret, Oxford.

Mr Arrand said: “Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls has an exceptionally high number of girls taking sciences and maths at A Level,” adding that the two Law offers demonstrated that the character required to compete for places in one of the most competitive Oxbridge courses is nurtured at the School; such as thinking and reasoning skills and the ability to debate.

“The school is delighted that five of our students have received Oxford and Cambridge  offers. We believe girls should have high aspirations and the confidence to achieve their true potential; many girls in the Upper Sixth currently hold offers from outstanding universities.

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