Monmouth School for Boys


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Almshouse Street
NP25 3XP
+44 (0)1600 713143
9 - 18
Boys and girls taught separately (diamond structure)
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Monmouth School is an independent boarding and day school for boys from the age of seven to 18 years. The school was founded as a grammar school in 1614 by William Jones, a member of the Haberdashers’ Company of London. The school is part of the Haberdashers’ Monmouth family of schools and is administered by an overarching governing body for the family of schools and a Monmouth School committee that oversees the life of the school. There are currently 709 pupils on roll. These include 134 in The Grange, the preparatory section of the school for boys from the age of seven to 11 years, and 575 in the senior school, of whom 210 are in the sixth form. In the senior school, almost 30% of pupils are boarders. About 50% of the school’s pupils come from Wales and almost 40% from England. The remainder come from other parts of the world, with the majority from Hong Kong. About 18% of pupils come from minority ethnic groups. Nearly all speak English fluently and no pupils speak Welsh as a first language at home. Lessons are taught in English and the school does not aim to make pupils bilingual in English and Welsh, although provides the opportunity for pupils to study Welsh to GCSE level as a second language. The school offers additional learning support for about 6% of pupils, mainly to support literacy development for learning English as an additional language. A very few pupils have a statement of special educational needs. Pupils who wish to join The Grange are assessed in English, mathematics and non-verbal reasoning. Entry to the senior section of the school is by written tests in English, mathematics and verbal reasoning, as well as by interview. The school requires pupils wishing to join the sixth form to have five or more GCSE at grades A*-B. Although the school has a Christian foundation and traditions, it welcomes pupils of all faiths and none. The last inspection of the school was in 2007. The current headteacher and most of the senior leadership team were in post at this time. The school’s mission statement affirms that it: ‘seeks to provide a stimulating environment in which individuals will grow in confidence, skill, knowledge and compassion’. The school describes its ethos as being underpinned by a culture where: ‘learning matters, that all members of the community deserve to be treated with care and respect, and that every lesson is a fresh opportunity to awaken interest and develop understanding’.

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