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.”
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 Boys, 40.7% of all grades were A* to A – well above the national average of 25.5% – and 66.8% were A* to B, an improvement in the results from 2018.
The A* rate was 11.1% and a total of 84% of all grades were A* to C.
Fourteen boys recorded three or more A* and A grades.
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.
Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools were particularly pleased that the vast majority of students gained their first or second choice place at university.
Great Britain junior rowing cox, Jack, a Deputy Head of School at Monmouth School for Boys, achieved three As and will be taking up an offer to read History at Oxford University.
Adam, a fellow Deputy Head of School, who was heavily involved in last year’s outstanding Young Enterprise business project, was awarded three A*s.
Joe was another student who excelled, recording two A*s and two As and will be heading to the University of St Andrews to read Computer Science.
He said: “I am absolutely delighted and the results have put me on the pathway towards working in computing, possibly in cyber-security.”
Jerome, who achieved 3 A*s and an A, and Anuj, who secured an A* and three As, were also among the successful students.
Sixteen-year-old Robin, who has just finished Year 11, took the A level Mathematics exam two years early and gained an outstanding A* grade.
Headmaster at Monmouth School for Boys, Dr Andrew Daniel, said: “This is the first year of the fully reformed and more challenging two-year linear A level examinations and the boys have achieved very strong results.
“Having played such a full role in the life of the school, alongside their academic commitments, the vast majority of boys are now able to take up offers at their first or second choice university.”
At Monmouth School for Girls, 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.”