Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls
|Motto||Serve and Obey|
|Type||Independent day and boarding school|
|Religion||Church in Wales|
|Headmistress||Dr Caroline Pascoe|
|Founder||Worshipful Company of Haberdashers|
|Location||24 Hereford Road
|DfE URN||402008 Tables|
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. Together with its brother school Monmouth School they collaborate for certain activities such as drama productions and certain Sixth Form courses. They also share a coeducational nursery, Agincourt School. The girls' school consists of Inglefield House (ages 7–11) and the Senior School.
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.
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.
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. It became the first school in the country to employ a sports psychologist.
The rowing and lacrosse teams have been successful in recent years and team members have represented Wales in school and national competitions. In 2006 both the first and second lacrosse teams won the senior titles in both their categories for the first time in school history and in 2008 the first team was ranked in the top 4 in the United Kingdom and came first in their division. In 2012 several girls were chosen for the Wales lacrosse team for the Home Nations U19 championships. The Junior U16 rowing team won the Schools' Head of the River Race in the eights category.
Notable former pupils
- Jackie Ballard - Former MP and Director General, RSPCA. CEO of RNID
- Dr Helen Cugnoni - Head of A&E at the Royal London Hospital
- Marina Diamandis - singer-songwriter (stage name Marina and the Diamonds)
- Jane Glover - conductor and musicologist
- Sandra Huggett - actress
- Charlotte Hume - TV News/Economics Correspondent
- Katrina Jacks - Commonwealth Rowing Championships Medallist
- Zoie Kennedy - actress
- Clare Morgan - novelist & literary critic; Director of Oxford University's Master's in Creative Writing; Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford
- Jemima Phillips - Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales (2004–2007)
- Lisa Rogers - Channel 5 TV Presenter
- Aly Orvis - singer-songwriter who came in second in the finals of the first season of Britain's Got Talent at age 6. She attended this school until she moved to Doncaster to pursue her career at age 8. She is currently on her first year back at the school (2013-2014).
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- Agincourt School
- Profile on the Good Schools Guide
- "History". The Haberdashers' Monmouth Schools.
- School House System
- Junior Boarding - School House
- Senior Boarding - Twiston Davies
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- "It's history at the double for school lacrosse teams". South Wales Argus. 5 October 2010.
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- "Five Monmouth schoolgirls are selected for Welsh lacrosse squad". South Wales Argus. 22 February 2012.
- "Victory for girls in Schools' Head". Monmouthshire Beacon. 28 March 2012.
- "I knew I'd be famous". Western Mail. 6 February 2010.
- "Medal winning rower dies trekking in Peru". BBC. 1 June 2010.
- Old School Photos
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