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CWB Examination Results, 1911

Transcript from The Aberdare Leader, 16th September 1911

Aberdare Intermediate School.

SUCCESSES IN THE RECENT C.W.B. EXAMINATIONS.

For the third year in succession the school has been very successful in these examinations, the number of certificates gained, viz., 62, being the highest that the school has ever secured. Names and particulars are appended : —

Honours Certificate: Idris Jones, Add. Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Physics, English at the Senior Stage.

Higher Certificate: Kate Connolly and Sarah M. Jenkins, English Language and Literature, History, French, (with conv.), Botany; Stanley Morgan and A. Rhydderch, Additional Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry.

Senior Certificate: Harry Allen, English, Literature, History Arithmetic, French; Elsie Andrews, English, History, Latin, French (conv), Botany, Needlework; Lucy Berry, English Literature, History, Arithmetic, Mathematics, Latin, FRENCH (conv.), Botany, Needlework; Hilda Davies, Literature, History, Arithmetic, French (conv), Botany, Needlework; Maggie B. Davies, English, History, Mathematics, French (conv.), BOTANY; Thomas Davies, ARITHMETIC, Mathematics, Latin, Welsh, Chemistry; Nancy Erskine, English, Literature, Latin, French (conv.), Botany, Needlework; David J. Evans, English, Literature, History, ARITHMETIC, Welsh, Geography; Lilian M. Evans, English, History, Arithmetic, Mathematics, Welsh, Botany; William John Evans, History, ARITHMETIC, Mathematics, Latin, French; Maggie Garrett, English, Arithmetic, Welsh, Botany, Geography; Gwen A. James, English, Literature, Mathematics, Latin, Welsh, Botany, Needlework; Donald John, English, Literature, History, Arithmetic, French; Dan J. Jones, English, Literature, History, Mathematics, Latin, French, Chemistry; Edward Jones, English, Literature, History, Arithmetic, Welsh, Geography; Archie Jones, English, History, Arithmetic, Latin, French (conv.); Austin Lewis, English, Literature, History, Arithmetic, Mathematics, Latin, French (conv.), Chemistry; Muriel Lewis, English, LITERATURE, History, Arithmetic, French (conv.); Maggie Llewellyn, English, History, Arithmetic, Mathematics, Welsh, HYGIENE; Elsie Mackintosh, English, Literature, History, Arithmetic, French (conv.); Amy Minty, English, Literature, History, ARITHMETIC, Mathematics, Latin, French (conv.), Botany, Needlework; David J. Parsons, English, History, ARITHMETIC, Latin, French; John Price, English, Literature, History, Arithmetic, Welsh, Geography; Cassie Walker, Literature, History, Arithmetic, Mathematics, Latin, French, (conv.), Botany, Needlework; Annie Woodford, English, History, Arithmetic, Mathematics, Latin, Welsh, Botany.

NOTE.—The certificates gained by Idris Jones, Lucy Berry, William J. Evans, Dan J. Jones, Austin Lewis, Amy Minty, and Annie Woodford entitle them to exemption from Welsh Matriculation.

Commercial Certificate: Ivor Davies, Norris Evans, Herbert Oxenham (all candidates entered for this certificate were successful).

Junior Certificate: Dorothy Baigent, English, Literature, History, Arithmetic, Mathematics, Latin, Welsh, Botany, Geography, Needlework, Cookery; David T. Crosby, English, Literature, History, Arithmetic, Mathematics, French, Science, Woodwork; David T. Davies, English, LITERATURE, Arithmetic, Mathematics, Latin, French (conv.), Science, Geography, Woodwork; Bessie Davies, English, LITERATURE, History, Arithmetic, Mathematics, WELSH, Needlework, Cookery; Elizabeth Olwen Davies, English, Literature, Arithmetic, Welsh, Botany, Needlework, Cookery; Sarah D. Davies, Literature, History, Arithmetic, Welsh, Botany, Needlework, Cookery; Annie A. Evans, English, Literature, Arithmetic, Mathematics, Latin, Welsh, Botany, Needlework, Cookery; Emrys Evans, ENGLISH, Literature, Arithmetic, Mathematics, WELSH, Science, WOODWORK; Winnie Evans, English, Literature, History, Arithmetic, Mathematics, Welsh, Needlework, Cookery; Beatrice Francis, ENGLISH, LITERATURE, ARITHMETIC, Mathematics, Latin, Needlework, Cookery; Penrhyn Francis, English, Literature, History, French, Geography, Book-keeping, Shorthand; Thomas J. Jones, English, Literature, Arithmetic, Mathematics, Latin, French (conv.), Science, Geography, WOODWORK; George M. Maddy, English, LITERATURE, ARITHMETIC, MATHEMATICS, Latin, French (conv.), Science, Geography, Woodwork; Henry Owen, Literature, History, Arithmetic, Geography, Book-keeping, Shorthand; Dorothy Pardoe, English, Literature, ARITHMETIC, Mathematics, French, Botany, Needlework; Ellen Parry, Literature, Arithmetic, Latin, Welsh, Needlework, Cookery; James E. Phillips, English, Literature, History, Arithmetic, Mathematics, French (conv.), Geography, Book-keeping, SHORTHAND; Walter Pontin, English, LITERATURE, History, ARITHMETIC, Mathematics, Latin, Geography, Woodwork; Annie Price, English, Literature, Latin, WELSH, Botany, Needlework, Cookery; Annie Rees, English, Literature, Arithmetic, Mathematics, Welsh, Geography, Book-keeping, Shorthand; Jane Rees, English, LITERATURE, Latin, Welsh, Botany, Cookery; John Richards, English, Literature, History, Arithmetic, Mathematics, French, Science, Woodwork; Sidney Silverman, English, Literature, History, Arithmetic, Latin, French, Science, Woodwork; Gwladys Smith, English, LITERATURE, History, Arithmetic, Mathematics, Latin, Welsh, Botany, Needlework, Cookery; Garfield Thomas, English, Literature, History, Arithmetic, Mathematics, French (conv.), Science, Geography, Woodwork; Archie Vaughan, English, LITERATURE, History, Arithmetic, Mathematics, Latin, French, Science, Woodwork; Alfred C. Williams, English, LITERATURE, History, Arithmetic, Mathematics, Latin, French (conv.), Science, Geography, Woodwork; David P. Williams, English, Literature, Arithmetic, Mathematics, Latin, French (conv.), Science, WOODWORK; Sidney Williams, Literature, ARITHMETIC, Geography, Book-keeping, SHORTHAND.

Note.—The subjects that are in capitals denote that the candidates passed with distinction in those subjects.

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

The Honours Stage Certificate was awarded after passing the most advanced of the CWB examinations taken by pupils aged 18 or 19 years. This stage was phased out in 1917.

The Higher Stage Certificate was taken around 18 years of age. This stage remained much the same until 1951 but was renamed Higher School Certificate in 1921.

The Senior Certificate was taken at around 16 years. The Senior Stage Certificate became the School Certificate in 1919.

The Junior Certificate was awarded at around 14 years, about two years after entry to the school at age 12. This stage was phased out after the 1921 examination.


Notes

Idris Jones was from Margaret St Trecynon. He won a Glamorgan County Exhibition to proceed to university.

Catherine Connolly was from Oakland Terrace, Aberaman. She left school as an uncertificated teacher.

Sarah Margaret Jenkins came from Belmont Terrace, Aberaman and was the daughter of Rev. H.P. Jenkins a congregational minister at Saron Chapel, Aberaman. Sarah went on to U.C. Cardiff.

Stanley Morgan was from Penrhiwceiber. He was a student teacher in his final year at school.

Aneurin Rhydderch lived with his uncle and aunt in Abercwmboi. His uncle was the Rev. G.L. Davies a Congregational Minister. The family moved to Dronfield, near Chesterfield in 1912. After surviving the War, which Aneurin left as a temporary Lieutenant, he married Lilian Pritchard in 1917 at Chester. They had two children born in Derbyshire, but the family emigrated to Australia in the inter-war period.

Harry Edward Allen, left school in 1914 with a County Scholarship to Cardiff University College. He was the son of the confectioner F.J. Allen. The family lived at 25 Abernant Road.

Herbert Charles Oxenham won a County Commercial Exhibition and proceeded to The University of Birmingham. The Oxenhams were a well known family of plumbers who traded in the town for many years.
There was a long-lasting tradition of progression from the Aberdare school to the Commerce Department at Birmingham University. This pathway established itself soon after the school was opened and continued into the period when when Mr Hoggins took charge of the subject in 1920, and then into the 1940s. Three pupils who became professors, Ray Elliott Thomas, David C. Marsh and Tom Kelly all followed this path to Birmingham shortly after H.C. Oxenham did so.

Sarah Margaret Garrett of Llewellyn Street, Trecynon, left school in 1911 as an uncertificated teacher.

Richard Donald John became the sports master at the Gadlys School, the secretary of the Aberdare Schools football league and effectively team manager of Aberdare Schoolboys football team.

Amy Violet Minty of Lambert Terrace, initially a student teacher at the school achieved a double distinction. She won a Glamorgan County Scholarship of £40, and the Caroline Williams’ Scholarship of £25, which was the highest open scholarship at the Cardiff University. She married William J. Evans in Birmingham in 1931. She died in 1986 in Berkshire.

Penrhyn Francis lived in Dean St, Maes-y-Dre. He became the master tailor and outfitter known as Pen Francis, with premises on the corner of High St and Seymour St. The Health Centre now occupies this plot.

George Maddy was the father of Alun H. Maddy, (ABGS 1944–51), who was a guest speaker at the 1971 Prize Day. Alun has an entry in the Former Pupils section. George Maddy became a grocer in Aberaman.

Walter Pontin was brought up in Bridge Street, Robertstown. He left school in 1914 and went to UCNW Bangor. He married Cynthia Williams a daughter of AUDC Councillor T. Walter Williams. The couple were the parents of Geoff Pontin, ABGS 1940–48.

Archie Vaughan of Albert Street went on to U.C. Cardiff in 1914.