# Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School

## Published Examination Results

### CWB School Examination Results, 1900

###### COUNTY SCHOOL,

ABERDARE.

The following is a list of certificates gained by the pupils of the above school at the Central Welsh Board examination held last July, the results of which have just been received —

Honours Certificate.—E. H. Foster, English composition, physics, chemistry, additional mathematics;

T. C. Johnstone, English composition (with distinction,) physics, chemistry, additional mathematics;

Alfred Morgan, English composition, additional mathematics, physics;

Norman Picton, English composition, physics, chemistry, additional mathematics (with distinction.)

Senior Certificate.—Sarah Elizabeth Bishop, composition, grammar, history, arithmetic, mathematics, Latin, French, and chemistry (with distinction in grammar, history, arithmetic and French);

Mary Gwen Davies, composition, grammar, history, arithmetic, mathematics, Latin, French (including conversational French) and chemistry;

Mary Bronwen Griffiths, composition, grammar, arithmetic, Latin, French (including conversational French) and chemistry (with distinction in Grammar);

William John Harris, composition, grammar, history, arithmetic, mathematics, Latin, French, chemistry (with distinction in arithmetic);

John Howells, composition, grammar, arithmetic, mathematics, Latin, French, and chemistry (with distinction in arithmetic and mathematics);

Eleanor John, composition, grammar, history, arithmetic, mathematics, Latin, French (including conversational French,) and chemistry (with distinction in grammar, history, Latin, and French);

Elizabeth Jane Manuel, composition, grammar, history, arithmetic, mathematics, French (including conversational French,) and chemistry (with distinction in grammar and mathematics);

Maud Manuel, composition, grammar, history, arithmetic, mathematics, and French;

Willie Probert, composition, grammar, history, arithmetic, mathematics and French (including conversational French);

Sydney Reed, composition, grammar, history, arithmetic, French, and chemistry (with distinction in grammar and history);

Richard Rees, composition, grammar, history, arithmetic, mathematics, Latin, French, and Chemistry (with distinction in history, arithmetic, and chemistry);

D. P. Roberts, composition, grammar, history, arithmetic, mathematics, Latin, French, and chemistry (with distinction in grammar, history, arithmetic, mathematics, and French);

Lizzie Shaw, composition, grammar, history, arithmetic, Latin and French (including conversational French);

Annie Walker, composition, grammar, history, arithmetic, mathematics, Latin, French (including conversational French) with distinction in grammar, arithmetic and mathematics);

Alice S. Williams, composition, grammar, history, arithmetic, mathematics, Latin, French, and chemistry (with distinction in grammar and history);

Margaret A Williams, composition, grammar, history, arithmetic, mathematics, Latin, French (including conversational French,) and chemistry, (with distinction in arithmetic.)

The Senior Certificate is subject to certain conditions, accepted subject for subject in lieu of the Matriculation Examination of the University of Wales. Of the above pupils, Lizzie Bishop, Mary Gwen Davies, W. J. Harris, Eleanor John, Richard Rees, D. P. Roberts, Alice Williams and Margaret A. Williams, are excused the whole examination.

Junior Certificates.—Alice Evans, composition, grammar, history, arithmetic, mathematics, French, Latin and cookery;

Morfydd M. Evans, composition, grammar, history, arithmetic French, Latin, cookery (with distinction in grammar and arithmetic);

Sarah Kate Evans, composition, grammar, arithmetic, mathematics, Latin, French (including conversational French) and cookery (with distinction in grammar and arithmetic);

Emily Griffiths, composition, grammar, history, arithmetic, mathematics, Latin, French (including conversational French) and cookery;

Herbert O. Griffiths, composition, grammar, history, arithmetic, mathematics, Latin, French (including conversational French), with distinction in grammar, arithmetic and mathematics ;

Maggie Grier, composition, grammar, history, arithmetic, mathematics, Latin, French and cookery (with distinction in grammar and arithmetic);

May Heppell, composition, grammar, arithmetic, mathematics, Latin and French ;

Arthur Howell, composition, grammar, arithmetic, mathematics, French (including conversational French), geography, book-keeping and drawing (he is entitled to have his certificate described as a Junior Preliminary commercial certificate) ;

Winifred M. Howells, composition, grammar, history, arithmetic, mathematics, French, Latin and cookery ;

John A. Jenkins, composition, grammar, arithmetic, mathematics, French, geography and book-keeping (with distinction in grammar, arithmetic and book-keeping);

David Ernest Jones, composition, grammar, history, arithmetic, mathematics, Latin and French (with distinction in grammar, arithmetic and mathematics);

Gaynor R. Jones, composition, grammar, history, arithmetic, mathematics, Latin and French (with distinction in mathematics) ;

Morgan Isaac Jones, composition, grammar, history, arithmetic, mathematics, Latin and shorthand;

Rhys Jones, composition, grammar, arithmetic, mathematics, French and book-keeping (with distinction in bock-keeping) ;

Thos. Daniel Jones, composition, grammar, history, arithmetic, mathematics, Latin, French (including conversational French) and shorthand ;

William G. Mason, composition, grammar, history, arithmetic, mathematics, Latin, French and drawing (with distinction in grammar, arithmetic and mathematics) ;

Charles W. Miles, composition, grammar, history, arithmetic, mathematics, Latin, French, shorthand and drawing ;

Lizzie Rees, composition, grammar, history, arithmetic, mathematics, Latin, French and cookery;

Annie M. Williams composition, grammar, history, arithmetic, mathematics, Latin, French and cookery.

**The Certificates**: The Central Welsh Board, CWB, set
its first examinations in 1897, and awarded its first certificates in 1899.

The **Honours** Stage Certificate was the most advanced
of the CWB examinations taken by pupils aged 18 or 19 years.

The **Higher** Stage Certificate, not mentioned above,
was taken around 18 years of age.

The **Senior** Certificate was taken at around 16 years.

The **Junior** Stage Certificate was taken at around 14
years after entry to the school at age 12. Many of the pupils left after this stage,
much to the annoyance of the Governors and Headmaster.

The **Honours** Stage was phased out in 1917.

The **Higher** Stage Certificate remained much the same
until 1951 but was renamed Higher School Certificate in 1921. ‘Highers’ became
GCE Advanced Level.

The **Senior** Stage Certificate became the School Certificate
in 1919. In 1951 it became GCE O level.

The **Junior** Stage Certificate was phased out after the
1921 examination.

The **Supplementary** Stage, not mentioned above, was taken
at the end of the first year in the sixth form, but unlike the other stages could be
taken in separate subjects.

**Notes**

**Ethelbert Harold Foster** of the Cardiff Arms Hotel, Hirwaun
was a war casualty who died 08/10/1918. He is buried in the Bois-des-Angles British
Cemetery, Crevecoeur, France

**Thomas Charles Johnstone** was the son of Dr David Johnstone,
St Cloud, Cwmbach. After the Aberdare school he went to the Central Foundation School,
Islington.

**Alfred Morgan** was the son of mining contractor Edward
Morgan of Penderyn Road, Hirwaun. Alfred was a war casualty who died 28/04/1918. He
lies buried in the Varennes Military Cemetery, France.

**Norman Picton** was the son of Simon Picton a colliery
cashier, of The Ivy Green, Hirwaun. He went on to gain a PhD from the University of
Heidelberg in November 1908. Norman was amongst the first intake to the school in 1896,
and obtained the highest mark in the entrance scholarship in that year.

**Mary Bronwen Griffiths** was the daughter of schoolmaster
John Griffiths of Park School House, Trecynon.

**Elizabeth Jane Manuel** was one of the three daughters
of the Wesleyan minister Thomas Manuel of Brynhyfryd, and later Bryn Seion House, Mountain
Ash. Elizabeth and her sister Maude Dagmar were in the first school intake, whilst the
third sister Olwen arrived ten years later in 1906.

**Willie Probert** lived at Glanffrwd, Mountain Ash. Their
father was a well-known furniture dealer in the town, and there were four of his children
who attended the school. One of them Neville Leslie Probert, (at school 1916-23), was
one of the first of the school's pupils to enter the Welsh National School of Medicine.
He became a general practitioner in Caerphilly and lived in St Martins Road in that
town.

**Sydney Reed**, and his brother Frank who both attended
the school, were sons of the ironmonger Charles Reed of 2, Gloucester Terrace, Aberdare.
Sydney obtained a B.Sc. from the University of Wales, and was later a student at the
Middle Temple. Later still he joined the army as a member of the Monmouthshire Regiment.
Sadly he too was a war casualty; he died 08/05/1915 and is remembered on the Ypers (Menin
Gate) Memorial.

**May Heppell** was one of the five children of colliery
manager W.J. Heppell who attended the school. The family lived at Fforchneol House,
Cwmaman.

**Charles William Miles** was one of the two sons of R.H.
Miles the well-known Purveyor of Meat of Commercial Place, (later Victoria Square),
Aberdare.