Haberdasher’s Monmouth School for Girls
Haberdasher’s Monmouth School for Girls is an independent school situated in Wales, whose history for turning out female leaders and people of notable impact has partly been responsible for its increasing reputation as one of the best schools for girls in the country.
Without a doubt Haberdasher’s is one of the finest performing schools, ranking second in league tables in 2010 for GCSE rates with a staggering 100% pass rate. The excellent work seems to continue year after year with more than half of all candidates (57 per cent) achieving nine or more A*/A grades in 2014.
The academic timetable is split into three age categories. There are twenty-two subjects, one of which is English as an additional language for those students who are from overseas.
The school has a Study Support unit which is there to help students with any learning difficulties they might have, or for any student wishing to seek additional tuition in subjects they feel they are underperforming in.
Many other subjects usually thought of as extracurricular are run as co-curricular, with dance and drama providing all styles and forms according to each age group, thus ensuring the school’s reputation for applying the same seriousness towards their art and humanities programmes.
Boarding is separated according to youngest and most senior, with girls being accommodated in three houses, School House, Twiston Davies and Augusta House. All houses have shared rooms for the younger students, though single rooms are available for the sixth form girls.
The houses have their own common rooms which are fully equipped with the latest technologies. There is also a quiet room with computers and internet access for those wishing to spend time in a more relaxing environment, or wishing to research online for information pertaining to their homework.
There are 25 acres of pitches, a heated indoor swimming pool, several fitness suites, a sports centre, gymnasium, and dance studio. For outdoor pursuits or long distance running there is the nearby Wye Valley, which is ideal for supervised runs and charity walking events.
Finally, the school has a magnificent library with over 17,000 books, is fully computerised and has its own internal onsite staff of librarians and assistants.