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Pupils celebrate A Level results at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools

August 14th, 2014
Monmouth School pupils celebrate A Level results with Headmaster Dr Steven Connors
Haberdashers' School Girls celebrate A Level results with Headmistres Caroline Pascoe
Pupils from HMSG, top girls school in Wales receive A Level results
Pupils from Monmouth School, top boarding school in Wales receive A Level results
HMSG A Level Results Day 2014

Huge smiles and sighs of relief broke out as A level students received a glowing set of results at the Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools.

At HMSG, 52.6 per cent of girls achieved A* – A grades – more than double the national average of 26 per cent. And at Monmouth School, the boys enjoyed their second best recorded percentage of 16.3 for A* grades. Many students won their first choice places at university, with several heading to Oxford or Cambridge to fulfil their dreams.

“Whether they achieved A*s or Bs and Cs, they all worked extremely hard and their dedication has paid off.Mrs Caroline Pascoe, Headmistress at HMSG, said: “I am so proud of the girls’ results today.

“HMSG has achieved above and beyond the national average for A* – A grades, which is testament to the hard work and passion of our staff and pupils.

“All of the girls are ready to set off and change the world in their individual ways, and I cannot wait to see what they do next.”

More than half of all exams at HMSG graded at A* or A. A total of 18.1 per cent were awarded A* grades, which was nearly 10 per cent above the national average of 8.2 per cent. And 77.5 per cent received A* – B grades. More than a third of all candidates (38 per cent) achieved three or more A/A* grades. Roshani has won her place to study Natural Sciences at Cambridge with two A*s in Biology and Physics and two As in Chemistry and Maths.

She said: “It hasn’t sunk in yet.

“I put in a lot of hours.

“I want to go into research, perhaps drug development.”

“I’ve always wanted to do it.Marianne achieved four A*s and will study Law and German at Oxford; Rachel won her place at Cambridge to study Engineering with three A*s and an A and Charlotte is off to Oxford to study Medicine thanks to achieving two A*s and two As. Menna was thrilled to receive an A* and two As and will study Psychology at Durham University after a gap year. She said: “I will work until Christmas and then I’m going to Ghana to work in an orphanage.

“Because I’m going to study Psychology it will be good for me to work with different types of people and help me to grow up a bit.

“I want to get out into the wide world.

“I worked really hard for the exams – I’ve never been so stressed in my life.”

The sporty student has also excelled on the lacrosse pitch this year, winning her first full cap for Wales U19 last weekend. She now stands a chance of playing in the U19 lacrosse World Cup team next summer in Scotland.

Over at Monmouth School, 43.4 per cent of boys were awarded A* – A grades, which is four per cent up on last year. And 73.5 per cent achieved A* – B grades, up eight per cent on last year’s results. One pupil, Devan, achieved four A*s. Dr Steven Connors, Headmaster, said: “This year we achieved our second highest percentage of A* grades which bucked the national trend.

“Thanks to a combination of hard work by the pupils and teachers, the majority of students have won places at their first choice universities.

“For those going to Oxbridge and all universities, it will be a life-changing experience.

“I’m enormously proud of them all.

“As ever, these boys have not just excelled academically, but in many other character-building pursuits as well.

“One pupil, Ben B, is off to study Natural Sciences at Cambridge on a choral scholarship – he has his first singing engagement there in September.”

Oliver has won his place at Cambridge to study Human, Social and Political Sciences, Devan will study Computer Science at Cambridge and Wesley will take Law at Oxford. Devan said: “I’m really relieved – more relieved than happy.

“It means everything to me.

“It feels like everything I’ve done has built up to this.

“I put in a ridiculous amount of work.

“I did every past paper I could get my hands on and revised for 10 to 12 hours a day in the week before each exam.

“I never really realised I would have a chance of getting into Cambridge until Sixth Form.

“When I realised I could do it, I thought ‘why not?’

“You can do anything with computing, it’s a really exciting industry.”

And Daniel was awarded two A*s and two As. He will study Maths at Warwick University.

He said: “I’m over the moon.

“I was expecting not to do this well.

“It’s a massive surprise.

“I was working until 2am some nights and surviving on very little sleep.

“It all paid off though, so I’m happy.”

Head boy and GB rower Will achieved four As. He intends to take a gap year and is planning to apply for a rowing scholarship to university in America. Ben A will study Medicine at Manchester and Rory is going to Queen Mary University of London to study Medicine.

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