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Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School

Published Examination Results

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A Level Examination Results, 1955

SCHOOL
CERTIFICATE
ADVANCED
LEVEL.

THE pass list (subject to revision) in the General Certificate Examination of the Welsh Joint Education Committee at the advanced level, was published on Thursday.

The candidates named In the accompanying list 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 capital letters indicate passes with distinction at the advanced level. Small letters indicate passes at the ordinary level. Asterisk after subject indicates a pass with oral proficiency in that subject.

ABERDARE COUNTY GRAMMAR
SCHOOL FOR BOYS

Alan Yorath Biggins: GEOGRAPHY.

Roy Brackstone: Geology.

Brian Thomas Cooke: English Literature, History, GEOGRAPHY.

William Ralph Crooks: PURE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS, PHYSICS, Chemistry.

David Brian Daniels: Geography. GEOLOGY.

Alun Christopher Davies: ENGLISH, History, ECONOMICS.

John Evans: ENGLISH, LATIN, FRENCH*.

Gareth Wells Freebury: Botany, Zoology.

Kenneth Griffiths: ENGLISH, French.

Merlin Brian Gully: PURE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS, PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY.

Frederick Thomas Jones: Geography, Geology.

Basil John Lewis: PURE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS, Geology.

John Lloyd: English Literature, MUSIC.

John Francis Manser: CHEMISTRY, BOTANY, ZOOLOGY.

Hedleigh Marsh: GEOGRAPHY, Economics, GEOLOGY.

Robert Thomas Matthews: Geography, GEOLOGY.

James Anthony Morris: ENGLISH, HISTORY, Economics.

William John Mort: ENGLISH, GEOGRAPHY, ECONOMICS.

Ceri Treharne Taylor: LATIN, FRENCH*, HISTORY.

David John Thomas: LATIN, FRENCH*, HISTORY.

Dilwyn Rees Williams: CHEMISTRY, BOTANY, Zoology.

External candidate: Russell Yates: APPLIED MATHEMATICS, PHYSICS.

ABERDARE COUNTY
GRAMMAR
SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

Valerie Banner: ENGLISH, FRENCH*, HISTORY.

Mary Pamela Burke: MUSIC, Art.

Dorothy Rosalind Cooke: DOMESTIC SUBJECTS.

Marian Davies: Mathematics, CHEMISTRY, Mechanics.

Menna Lynne Davies: ENGLISH, FRENCH*, HISTORY.

Margaret Patricia Evans: Chemistry, BOTANY, Zoology.

Rosalind George: Music.

Joan Elizabeth Henning: Geography.

Elizabeth Hill: WELSH, Mathematics.

Carol Ann Hodges: Music.

Patricia Howells: PURE AND APPIIED MATHEMATICS.

Marlene James: ENGLISH, Latin, HISTORY.

Shirley Ann Jenkins: ENGLISH, LATIN, HISTORY.

Elsie Anita Jones: Chemistry, BOTANY, ZOOLOGY.

Janet Christine Jones: ENGLISH, LATIN, FRENCH*.

Mair Glannant Jones: WELSH.

Marilyn Esther Jones: ENGLISH, HISTORY, ART.

Virginia Evelyn Jones: LATIN, FRENCH*, History.

Margaret Elizabeth Lewis: HISTORY.

Edith Angela Manser: Chemistry, Botany, ZOOLOGY.

Patricia Milsom: CHEMISTRY, BOTANY, ZOOLOGY.

Elizabeth Gwyneth Morgans: MUSIC.

Marion Oliver: Art.

Gillian Mary Oxenham: CHEMISTRY, BOTANY, ZOOLOGY.

Merle Picton: ENGLISH FRENCH*, History.

Margaret Reynolds: PURE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS.

Jennifer Hawys Roberts: CHEMISTRY, BOTANY, ZOOLOGY.

Bertha Delphine Harding Ryan: DOMESTIC SUBJETCS.

Margaret Gwendoline Dawn Williams: Welsh Literature, DOMESTIC SUBJECTS.

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.


Notes

Alun C. Davies After a further year at school, Alun left for UCW Aberystwyth. He spent most of his career at Queen's University Belfast where he lectured in History. He is now retired and lives in Aberystwyth. His sister Menna is mentioned below.

Kenneth Griffiths After a further year at school he entered U.C. Cardiff. Over a period of 50 years Ken was, at various times, a pupil, teacher and governor of the Boys’ school.

John Lloyd entered H.M. Forces on leaving school and soon found himself serving in Malaya. Later, he qualified as a teacher and eventually became headteacher of Cwmdare Junior School. At one time he was the accompanist to the Cwmbach Male Choir, under the baton of T.R. James. John married Rosalind George who is in the Girls’ School list.

Valerie Banner was the daughter of Mr John Banner, managing director at Sobells on the Hirwaun Industrial Estate. The family lived in Halt Road, Rhigos near Rhigos Halt railway station.

Menna Lynne Davies was the daughter of Mr D. Herbert Davies, headmaster of Cwmdare Junior School. Menna was deputy Head Girl and a House Captain in her final year. The quality of her A Level grades resulted in the award of a State Scholarship. Menna later married David Bird.

Shirley Ann Jenkins went to UCW Aberystwyth and trained as a teacher. Whilst teaching in Swansea she joined the Swansea Little Theatre Amateur Dramatics Company. This led to a change of direction: to Cardiff College of Music & Drama, then on to the RSC, the National Theatre and the Royal Court. Whilst at the RSC she appeared twice on Broadway, in Trevor Nunn’s production of “Nicholas Nickleby”. Under her married name of Shirley King, she has also worked extensively in TV, in both English and Welsh productions. You can see some of her TV clips in this portfolio. She has continued to work as an actress with performances in Swansea Grand Theatre and Theatr Clwyd in 2009. More details of her career are in her biography. Currently, April 2014, she and her husband Terry are presenting an illustrated lecture on Dylan Thomas.

Mair Glannant Jones was the eldest of the three children of Rev Glannant Jones of Saron Welsh Independent Chapel, Davis Street, Aberaman. The chapel was used for regular services until 2011.

Elizabeth Morgans played the cello. She was in the orchestra which competed at the 1956 National Eisteddfod. She was also the organist at Heolyfelin Chapel, Trecynon.

Mary Oxenham was Head Girl for the 1954-55 academic year. She is now a retired general practitioner.