Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls

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Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls
Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School (coat of arms).png
Motto Serve and Obey
Established 1892
Type Independent day and boarding school
Religion Church in Wales
Headmistress Dr Caroline Pascoe
Founder Worshipful Company of Haberdashers
Location 24 Hereford Road
NP25 5XT
51°49′05″N 2°42′43″W / 51.8181°N 2.7119°W / 51.8181; -2.7119Coordinates: 51°49′05″N 2°42′43″W / 51.8181°N 2.7119°W / 51.8181; -2.7119
Local authority Monmouthshire
DfE URN 402008 Tables
Students 610~
Gender Girls
Ages 7–18
Website www.hmsg.co.uk

Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls is an independent school in Monmouth, Wales. The school was established by the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers in 1892, and continues to enjoy their support.

It is part of a family of schools known as the Haberdashers' Monmouth Schools.[1] Together with its brother school Monmouth School they collaborate for certain activities such as drama productions and certain Sixth Form courses.[2] They also share a coeducational nursery, Agincourt School.[3] The girls' school consists of Inglefield House (ages 7–11) and the Senior School.

The Good Schools Guide described the school as a "friendly school that produces feisty young women" and noted its "diverse extra-curricular education".[4]


View of the school (centre building) from Monmouth town centre, River Monnow in foreground

HMSG was founded in 1892 by the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers. It opened in temporary premises at Hardwick House while the Company negotiated for a permanent location. In 1897 it moved to its present location. Both the girls' school and its brother school Monmouth School became direct grant grammar schools in 1946 under the Education Act 1944 and became independent when the scheme was phased out. The prep school, Agincourt, was added in 1997.[5]


Each girl belongs to one of the four houses, which are named after former members of the Board of Governors. The house system is separate from boarding houses.[6]

House Colour
Bagnall Oakely     
Imbert Terry     
Mather Jackson     


Girls aged 7 and above may board. Boarders reside in three main houses: School House (Years 3-8),[7] Twiston Davies (Years 9-11) and Augusta House (Sixth Form, Years 12–13).[8]


HMSG is one of Wales' top performing independent schools.[9][10] In the GCSEs ranked second in the country in 2010 with a 100% pass rate[11] and came third the following year.[12]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Girls are encouraged to take part in extracurricular activities and non-academic pursuits. There is a wide array of activities, groups, clubs and societies and sports teams that pupils may join.[13] It became the first school in the country to employ a sports psychologist.[14]

The rowing and lacrosse teams have been successful in recent years and team members have represented Wales in school and national competitions.[15][16] In 2006 both the first and second lacrosse teams won the senior titles in both their categories for the first time in school history[17] and in 2008 the first team was ranked in the top 4 in the United Kingdom and came first in their division.[18] In 2012 several girls were chosen for the Wales lacrosse team for the Home Nations U19 championships.[19] The Junior U16 rowing team won the Schools' Head of the River Race in the eights category.[20]

Notable former pupils[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The family of Haberdashers' Monmouth Schools". South Wales Argus. 8 January 2007. 
  2. ^ "Links with Haberdashers' Monmounth School for Girls". monmouthschool.org. Archived from the original on 2012-05-22. 
  3. ^ Agincourt School
  4. ^ Profile on the Good Schools Guide
  5. ^ "History". The Haberdashers' Monmouth Schools. Archived from the original on 2012-05-26. 
  6. ^ School House System
  7. ^ Junior Boarding – School House Archived 27 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Senior Boarding – Twiston Davies
  9. ^ "GCSE Results: Best year for Monmouthshire". South Wales Argus. 21 August 2008. 
  10. ^ "A-Level...Monmouth results". South Wales Argus. 16 August 2007. 
  11. ^ "Wales' top independent schools revealed". Western Mail. 28 August 2010. 
  12. ^ "Top Welsh schools get onto UK's prestigious indie list". Western Mail. 3 September 2011. 
  13. ^ Sports
  14. ^ "Positive school of thought starts to make waves for rowing hopefuls Jo Hancock and Holly Oughton". The Daily Telegraph. 17 June 2011. 
  15. ^ "Gold for school four". South Wales Argus. 26 July 2007. 
  16. ^ "Monmouth rowers take gold at championships". South Wales Argus. 26 August 2010. 
  17. ^ "It's history at the double for school lacrosse teams". South Wales Argus. 5 October 2010. 
  18. ^ "Top effort from girls". South Wales Argus. 28 April 2008. 
  19. ^ "Five Monmouth schoolgirls are selected for Welsh lacrosse squad". South Wales Argus. 22 February 2012. 
  20. ^ "Victory for girls in Schools' Head". Monmouthshire Beacon. 28 March 2012. 
  21. ^ "I knew I'd be famous". Western Mail. 6 February 2010. 
  22. ^ "Medal winning rower dies trekking in Peru". BBC. 1 June 2010. 

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