The last speech days as separate schools for the Haberdashers’ family of schools have taken place as the schools merge to create one co-educational school for post 11 pupils.

The prep schools of The Grange and Inglefield have already joined and have spent their last term at the centre on Hadnock Road and will be moving to the former ‘Monmouth School for Girls’ on Hereford Road along with the pre-prep school who enjoyed their last term at Agincourt School adjacent to Dixton Church.

Prep school pupils with the winning house cups
(Des Pugh)

Monmouth School for Girls enjoyed a sunny speech day with Distinguished guests, including Lord Colin Moynihan, Chair of Governors joining students, staff, and families in commemorating this special day. Common threads running through the speeches – delivered by Acting Head for Monmouth School for Girls, Mrs Rachel Rees, Lord Moynihan, Rupert Elliot and their guest speaker, award-winning writer and journalist Charlotte Hume (OG) – were the importance of hard work, celebrating achievements, and embracing change. 

Mr Rupert Elliott Master of the Haberdashers’ Company, Charlotte Hume award-winning writer, journalist and OG, Mrs Rachel Rees Acting Head for Monmouth School for Girls, and Lord Colin Moynihan Chair of Governors.
(Des Pugh)

The day featured a heartfelt address by Charlotte Hume, Head Girl in 1986, who highlighted the significance of creativity, hard work, and enthusiasm. Drawing from her own experiences, she emphasised how these qualities have propelled her forward in life, inspiring students to harness their passions and efforts to achieve their dreams. 

Guest speaker, award-winning writer and journalist, Charlotte Hume, former Head Girl in 1986.
(Des Pugh)

Head Girl Nell with fellow pupils at the end of the event
Head Girl Nell Sampson with friends at MSG’s last Speech day (Des Pugh)

The boys school event was not last year’s sunny event but was heralded with a moving commemoration service at St Mary’s Church, before the main event on the sportsground where they had the great pleasure of guest speaker Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, DBE, multi-paralympic gold medallist, who offered an inspiring reflection on overcoming adversity. 

Head master Simon Dorman with distinguished guests and speaker Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, DBE,
The Baroness Grey-Thompson DBE with distinguished guests (Des Pugh)

Recalling her parents’ determination to enrol her in mainstream education despite her disability, she underscored the importance of gratitude, giving back, and cherishing school days. She recounted the London Paralympics as the pinnacle of her sporting career, urging students to look forward with confidence and excitement. 

Quartet of musicians kick off the proceedings with 'Ain't Misbehavin'
Miles Taylor, Sam Rolls, Thomas Hodkinson and Thomas Guerin ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Des Pugh)
Head of School, Oliver, captivated the audience with his candid and humorous speech.
Head of School Oliver Lloyd (Des Pugh)

Pupils with end-of-year prizes
(Des Pugh)