from Doris Norris
The form teacher was Miss Gwladys Jones, (1890–1944), a native and a resident
of Merthyr Tydfil. She was a graduate of U.C, Cardiff, and
taught mathematics at the school. She was appointed in 1921, and died whilst still in post in December 1944.
A short biography of Doris Norris from her daughter
Doris was born 20 Jan 1919 in the Stow Hill area of Newport. About 1935 her family moved to Aberdare, and Doris became a pupil at the Girls’ County School, Aberdare. Her father was employed as a clerk by the GWR. On leaving school Doris worked at Boots in Aberdare & during the WW2 served in the WAF at St. Athan, near Cardiff. After the war she went to Teacher’s Training College & then worked as a teacher at Alway School, Newport for several years before moving to Southampton in 1956 where she remained for the rest of her life. She taught at Bitterne Infants School & was later Deputy Head, then Headmistress of Glenfield Infants School. In 1975 she married Harold Tucker & took early retirement from teaching. She died on 27 April 1993.
We believe that Doris is the fourth from the right in the front row.
In the photo you may also spot Mattie Abraham third from the left in the middle row. In later years, as Mrs Timothy, she taught Maths and Chemistry at the Boys’ Grammar School. as well as Mathematics at the Girls’ Grammar School.
The photo came in a presentation album shown below.
The album also contained a photo of the school teachers which has been added to the Teachers section of the web site.