17 August 2023
Students at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools are celebrating their A level results, and an impressive crop of top grades, with four students able to take up their places at Oxford and Cambridge.
Taking the English examination boards, results across the country have returned to 2019 grading levels. Despite this, Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools’ results still showed an impressive 38.5% A*-A grades, well above the national average of 27.2%.
In addition, the wide-range of subjects chosen for university reflects the broad curriculum offered at the school.
Ellis Chan, Madeleine Bainbridge, from Ross-on-Wye, Otis Walker and Joe Smith were the successful Oxbridge students.
Ellis, a talented pianist, takes a choral scholarship at Jesus College, Cambridge, to read Maths, having achieved four A*s.
Madeleine, who joined the schools in Year 1, will read English Language and Literature at St Anne’s College, Oxford; Otis, last year’s Deputy Head Boy and vice-captain of the 1st XV rugby team, will go to Brasenose College, Oxford, to read Geography; and Joe Smith takes up his place at Wolfson College, Cambridge.
School supports students
There are a number of examples in which the schools have supported students through their A level studies, whilst they have been able to follow their dreams and passions.
Professional cricketer Sophia Smale, from Cwmbran, who missed some of the Spring term due to representing England at the Women’s ICC Under-19 T20 World Cup in South Africa, still achieved fantastic A and B grades. Sophia will receive her results whilst playing for the Oval Invincibles in the women’s Hundred competition.
Keen golfer Megan Vineall, who was part of the Wales girls’ team in a three-day competition this summer, juggled her sport with her studies, obtaining a fantastic A*AA and will study Modern European Languages at Durham University.
In a similar vein, Matei Vaideanu, from Chepstow, studied for his A-levels whilst undertaking the task of transporting hundreds of items to Ukrainian refugees sheltering in neighbouring Romania. He gains A*A*A*C and will read Medicine at Imperial College, London.
Oli Gill will receive help with his university funding through being a recipient of the Haberdashers’ Company Scholarship and gained a maximum haul of three A*s to study Economics at the University of Exeter.
Outstanding results across boys and girls
There were a number of other outstanding individual results for both UK and international students.
Marco Ho and Ryan Cheng were awarded A*A*A*A and A*AAA and will study Biomedical Sciences and Physiotherapy at Queen Mary University of London and the University of Birmingham, respectively.
Jason Pinto, from Abergavenny, achieved A*A*A and will follow in the footsteps of his parents in studying Medicine, at Imperial College London.
Trumpeter Jack Guerin, from Chepstow, achieved A*A*AA and is heading to the University of Warwick to study Physics.
Dylan Meek, from Monmouth, achieved A*A*A* and will be going to the University of Exeter, to study Geography.
Hope Farquhar, Sam Britner, Lauren Young and Natasha Baird all gained excellent results of A*AA and will take up their university places to study French and Politics, Physics, English with a year abroad, and Economics, respectively, Sam is also a very talented Music Scholar, whilst Lauren, who lives in Monmouth, was Deputy Head Girl, last year.
Students win prestigious vocational placements
Some students have chosen to take a more vocational route and Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools can celebrate some notable placements next year.
Archie Fisher, from Ross-on-Wye, will be taking up a Level 2 Race Technicians course with the National College for Motorsport at the prestigious Silverstone.
Cian Davies joins a naval engineering apprenticeship, whilst Coleford’s Frankie Brown will take a place to read a BA (Hons) in Production Arts (Stange and Screen) at the famous Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Harvey Thomas, from Monmouth, will take up a Land-based Technician Apprenticeship with Chandlers, Bristol, while Katie Bullock, from Ross-on-Wye, will head to Cheltenham General Hospital for a Pharmacy Technician Apprenticeship with the NHS.
‘Grounded’ students leave Habs with more than just good results.
Headmaster at Monmouth School for Boys, Mr Simon Dorman, and Acting Head at Monmouth School for Girls, Mrs Rachel Rees, were delighted with the achievements of the students.
“We are so pleased for our students, who have worked their socks off to get their grades,” they said.
“It is such a pleasure to see all the hard work of our young men and women, and the brilliant teachers who have supported them every step of the way. They can now celebrate whilst planning for the next exciting steps in their educational journey, whatever that may be.
“Of course, the A level grades which our students leave with only represent a fraction of their achievements at school and they have done so much as sportsmen and women, musicians, performers and in a host of extra-curricular endeavours.
“Our Year 13 leavers are humble and grounded young people who are great ambassadors for Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools. We are looking forward to following their progress.”