MONMOUTH'S two private schools enjoyed an excellent set of results.

At Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls (HMSG) 52.6 per cent achieved A* to A grades — more than double the national average.

While at Monmouth School, the boys enjoyed their second best recorded percentage of 16.3 for A* grades.

Caroline Pascoe, headmistress at HMSG, said: "HSMG has achieved above and beyond the national average for A* to A grades, which is testament to the hard work and passion of our staff and pupils.

Dr Steven Connors, headmaster at Monmouth School, added: "Thanks to a combination of hard work by the pupils and teachers, the majority of students have won places at their first choice universities."