Basic Information & Location
Monmouth School for Boys, a boarding boy school in south-eastern Wales, enjoys a long history since its establishment in 1614. It takes a 10-minute walk to Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls, the sister school of Monmouth. Sixth Form students would attend some of the lessons with the girls from Monmouth Girls, which enables the boys to learn how to get along with the opposite sex and learn from the girls. The school now has 630 students, and the tuition fee is lower than the schools in London. Monmouth is one of the few schools in England that offers one-year GCSE programme.
Monmouth practices small class teaching and offers around 25 A-Level subjects in the Sixth Form, ranging from traditional subjects like chemistry and economics to other alternatives like business and drama and theatre studies. In the A-Level exam in 2017, a total of 76% of the students were awarded A* to B grades and nearly 30% achieved three or more A to A* grades. More than 90% of students get to university and there are students who received admission offer from Oxford and Cambridge in the past years.
Pastoral Care & Boarding
Boarders account for one-fourth of all students. The dormitories for Sixth Form students are equipped with Wi-Fi and its setting is similar to hostels of university, offering prior-taste experience of university life to students. The school has a child psychotherapist and a school Chaplain to provide students with all-around support. Tutors of the dormitories organize community services from time to time for boarders to join in weekends and holiday. In 2011, Monmouth was voted Archant’s Best British Boarding School by parents.
Extracurricular & personal development
Monmouth School for Boys has comprehensive sports facilities, including swimming pool, astroturf and Sports Pavilion. Headed by professional coaches, students are given abundant chances to participate in county as well as international competitions. Students have great performance especially in rugby, rowing and cricket. The school also encourages students to exceed themselves by organising regular language study trips to France, Spain and Germany. There are several joint year productions a year, a senior play, a junior drama club and many choirs and individual programmes to take part in. There is a symphonic school orchestra, a wind orchestra and a jazz orchestra. Every year the school holds a number of concerts in connection with the Merlin Music Society which is attended by many organisations and schools from across Wales.