Transcript from The Aberdare Leader of August 17, 1957
THE candidates named in the accompanying list(s) have. been awarded certificates. The names of the successful candidates have been arranged in alphabetical order. Capital letters indicate passes at the advanced level; black capitals indicate passes with distinction at the advanced level; small letters indicate passes at the ordinary level; *(asterisk) indicates a pass with oral proficiency in the subject.
Frederick Charles Bladon: English literature; Latin; FRENCH*.
Walter Adrian Blank: English literature; French.
Keith Bowen: PURE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS; Physics; Chemistry.
Morton Rees Davies: WELSH; HISTORY; Economics.
Philip Edward Dyton: English literature; History; Geography.
Merlyn Edwards: PURE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS; PHYSICS; Chemistry.
Glyndwr Evans: ENGLISH; LATIN; FRENCH*.
Leslie Evans: Geology.
David Gareth Howells: PURE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS; PHYSICS; CHEMISTRY.
Alwyn James: Chemistry; Botany; ZOOLOGY.
David Peter Jenkins: ENGLISH; LATIN; FRENCH*.
Keith Ray Jenkins: PURE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS; PHYSICS.
Alun Beasley Jones: WELSH; HISTORY; GEOGRAPHY.
John James Jones: Physics; CHEMISTRY; BOTANY; ZOOLOGY.
Merfyn Jones: PURE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS; Physics; CHEMISTRY.
Douglas Alan Knowles: PURE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS; PHYSICS; CHEMISTRY.
Gerald Lewis: ENGLISH; LATIN; HISTORY.
Richard Alan Lewis: PURE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS; Physics; Chemistry.
William Morgan Lucas: Latin; French; HISTORY.
Malcolm Meredith: History; Geography.
Alun Trevor Morgan: ENGLISH; HISTORY.
John Joseph O’Callaghan: Geography; Economics.
David Jeffrey Parsons: PURE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS; Physics; Chemistry.
Huw Rosser: PURE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS; PHYSICS; Chemistry.
Kenneth Rowlands: English literature; History; ECONOMICS.
Thomas Graham Thomas: PURE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS; Physics; Chemistry.
Philip Morris Walters: Welsh literature: LATIN: HISTORY.
Anthony Leacroft Williams: ENGLISH; History; Geography.
David Mason Williams: ENGLISH; LATIN; French.
Ronald Victor Williams: PURE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS; PHYSICS; CHEMISTRY.
Coral Barnes: ENGLISH; FRENCH *; Geography.
Patricia Billingham: PURE MATHEMATICS; APPLIED MATHEMATICS; PHYSICS.
Glenda Mary Bond: ENGLISH; LATIN; FRENCH*.
Yvonne Elizabeth Challis: Geography.
Lily Maud Davey: English literature; Geography.
Brenda Evans: WELSH; GEOGRAPIIY; Mathematics.
Arleen Pearl Halsey: ENGLISH; ART.
Christa Ethel Harris: History; GEOGRAPHY; Art.
Lynne Juliet Hopkins: Geography; Art.
Eirlys Hughes: Welsh literature; History.
Margaret Hughes: ENGLISH; LATIN; HISTORY.
Rosilyn Gaynor Hughes: Geography; BOTANY.
Beryl Jenkins: MUSIC.
Maura Patricia Jones: ENGLISH; HISTORY; GEOGRAPHY.
Marjorie Anne Newman: English literature; Geography.
Eluned Phillips: English literature; WELSH: ART.
Shirley Anne Price: CHEMISTRY; BOTANY; ZOOLOGY.
Carol Hood Rees: Art.
Pamela Anne Richards: ENGLISH; LATIN; FRENCH*.
Betty Roberts: Physics; CHEMISTRY; BOTANY.
Margaret Pamela Whone: ENGLISH; PRENCH*; HISTORY.
The Certificates: The GCE A level was first taken by sixth-form pupils in Aberdare Grammar Schools when it was introduced in the UK in 1951. The examination replaced the Higher School Certificate. At the same time GCE Ordinary Level replaced The School Certificate. The editor of the Aberdare Leader has retained the old name of the examination in the heading even though Highers had disappeared six years earlier.
Fred Bladon is number 342 in the 1957 panoramic school photograph. He was well known as ringer of the school bell between lessons.
Morton Rees Davies left school for U.C. Swansea. He was appointed to the Chair of Public Administration and Management at Liverpool University in 1995.
Merlyn Edwards was the son of the long-time Labour Councillor from Cwmdare, Cllr Cliff Edwards. Merlyn left for U.C. Swansea.
D. Gareth Howells won a State Scholarship on the strength of his A level results. He went to Bristol University in 1958.
David Peter Jenkins became a solicitor after attending U.C. Cardiff. He went into partnership with Graeme John alongside Philip Walters, his classmate at both ABGS and Guildford Law School.
Keith Ray Jenkins went to U.C. Cardiff in 1958. He was the son of the police constable based in Cwmaman.
Gerald Lewis was from Hirwaun and entered UCW Aberystwyth in 1957. He was the elder brother of Eric Lewis the winner of the State Scholarship in 1960.
William Morgan Lucas entered UCW Aberystwyth in 1958. He played an important role in organising the School's centenary celebrations in 1996.
Huw Rosser from Llwydcoed pursued a scientific career in Adelaide, Australia.
Thomas G. Thomas entered U.C. Swansea in 1958. He was from Abercwmboi.
Philip M. Walters was brought up in Siop-y-Parc in Gadlys Road. After school Philip entered UCW Aberystwyth in 1957 where he read Law after which he attended Law School in Guildford. He qualified as a solicitor in 1964 and practiced in Aberdare for most of his life. He retired from the post of Coroner for Mid Glamorgan in 2008. He died in 2015, aged 76. He played an important role in the organisation of the large school reunion in 2011.
The post-school destinations of most of these boys can be seen in the ‘last year’s sixth’ pages of The Aberdarian of 1957 & 1958 on this website.
Finally, an image of the original newspaper article