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Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School

Published Examination Results

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CWB Examination Results, 1921
for
Aberdare Boys’ and Aberdare Girls’ County Schools

CENTRAL WELSH BOARD.

ANNUAL EXAMINATION, JULY,
1921

ABERDARE (BOYS).

Higher Certificate.

Oliver Dudley Evans—English Lang. and Lit., French, History.

John Wm. Morgan—English Lang. and Lit., French with Distinction, History with distinction.

Thomas Oswald Phillips—English Lang. and Lit., Welsh, History. Subject passed with credit at Senior Stage, Experimental Mechanics.

Supplementary Certificate, Senior Stage

(Regulation xxxi.)

Cyril Waring Berry—Mathematics (including arithmetic).

ABERDARE (GIRLS).

Higher Certificate

Edith Evans—Botany, Zoology.

Blodwen Fox—Botany, Zoology with distinction. Subject passed with credit at Senior Stage, Physics I.

Catherine Mary Griffiths—Botany, Zoology with distinction.

BOYS’ SCHOOL.

Senior Certificate.

Arthur Charlton Cox—English Lang. and Lit., History, Geography, French, Maths, (including Arithmetic), Drawing.

Evan Gwanwyn Davies, English Lang. and Lit., History, French, Mathematics (including Arith.), Drawing.

Idris Davies—English Lang. and Lit., History, Welsh, Maths. (including Arith.), Geography, Drawing.

John Benjamin Davies—English Lang. and Lit., History, Geography, French, Maths. (including Arith.), Drawing.

Brinley Cenydd Erricker—English Lang. and Lit., History, Geography, French, Maths. (including Arith.), Experimental Mechanics, Drawing, Book-keeping and Shorthand.

Percival Handel Escott—English Lang. and Lit., History, Maths. (including Arith.), Chemistry, Geography, Drawing.

Edward Eynon—English Lang. and Lit., French, Mathematics (including Arith.), Drawing.

Robert William Francis—English Lang. and Lit., History, Geography, French, Maths. (including Arith.), Chemistry, Drawing.

William Norman Griffiths—English Lang. and Lit., History, Geography.

Illtyd Thomas Hopkins—English Lang. and Lit., History, French, Maths. (including Arith.), Geography, Drawing.

William Isaac James—English Lang. and Lit., Geography, Welsh, Maths. (including Arith.), Drawing.

David Lewis—English Lang. and Lit., French, Maths. (including Arith.), Drawing.

William Hy. Lloyd—English Lang. and Lit., French, Drawing.

Leslie George Mather—English Lang. and Lit., History, French, Maths. (including Arith.), Drawing.

Neville Leslie Probert—English Lang. and Lit., Latin, French, Maths. (including Arith.), Chemistry.

William Garfield Protheroe—History, French, Maths. (including Arithmetic).

Edward J. Shannon, English Lang, and Lit., History, French, Maths. (including Arith.), Geography, Drawing, Book-keeping and Shorthand.

Gordon Lewis Spencer—English Lang. and Lit., History, Geography, Drawing, Shorthand.

Leonard Stonelake—English Lang. and Lit., History, French, Geography, Drawing.

Alfred Thomas—English Lang. and Lit., Geography, Welsh, Maths. (including Arith.), Drawing.

Joseph Christopher Lloyd Thomas—English Lang. and Lit., History, Geography, Latin, French, Maths. (including Arith.), Drawing.

David Wm. Walter—English Lang. and Lit., History, French, Maths. (including Arith.), Geography, Drawing.

John Williams—English Lang. and Lit., French, Maths. (including Arith.), Drawing.

Supplementary Certificate.

Edgar Thomas—French.

 
ABERDARE GIRLS’ SCHOOL.

Senior Certificate.

Eleanor Anne Davies—English Lang. and Lit., Welsh, Maths. (including Arith.), Geography, Elementary Science and Botany.

Elizabeth Owen Edwards—English Lang. & Lit., History, Welsh, Maths. (including Arith.), Geography, Elementary Science and Botany.

Sarah Ann Edwards—History, Welsh, Maths. (including Arith.), Geography.

Dilys Margaret Evans—English Lang. and Lit., History, French, Maths. (including Arith.).

Myfanwy Evans—English Lang. and Lit., History, Welsh, Elementary Science and Botany.

Miriam Fine—English Lang. and Lit., History, French, Maths. (including Arith.), Elementary Science and Botany.

Winifred Margaret Hall—English Lang. & Lit., History, French, Maths. (including Arith.).

Doris Priddle Hek—English Lang. and Lit., French, Geography, Drawing.

Mary Elizabeth James—English Lang. and Lit., History, Welsh, Geography, Needlework and Garment Construction, Cookery.

Sarah Gwyneth Jenkins—English Lang. & Lit., History, French, Maths. (including Arith.), Geography, Elementary Science and Botany.

Barbara Ann Jones—English Lang. and Lit., French, Needlework and Garment Con., Cookery.

Dorethea Margaret Glynn Jones—English Lang. and Lit., History, French, Geography, Elementary Science and Botany.

Eirwen Lloyd Jones—English Lang. and Lit., French, History, Maths. (including Arith.), Geog., Elementary Science and Botany.

Margaret Mary Jones—English Lang. and Lit., Welsh, Geog., Needlework and Garment Construction, Cookery.

Mary Elizabeth Lewis—English Lang. and Lit., French, Needlework and Garment Construction, Cookery.

Ceinwen Morgan—English Lang. and Lit., History, Welsh, Maths. (including Arith.), Geog., Elementary Science and Botany.

Lily Olwen Morse—English Lang. and Lit., History, Welsh, Maths. (including Arith.), Elementary Science and Botany.

Edith Owen—English Lang. and Lit., History, Welsh, Geog.

Elizabeth Eleanor Prosser—English Lang. and Lit., History, Welsh, Geog.

Edith Ray—English Lang. and Lit., History, Welsh, Geog., Elementary Science and Botany.

Muriel Elizabeth Richards—English Lang. and Lit., History, French, Maths. (including Arith.), Elementary Science and Botany.

Edith Glenys Nest Thomas—English Lang. and Lit., History, French, Maths. (including Arith.), Geog., Elementary Science and Botany.

Eunice Gwyneth Thomas—English Lang. and Lit., History, French, Maths. (including Arith.), Geography.

Jane Thomas—English Lang. and Lit., Hist., Welsh, Maths. (including Arith.), Geog., Elementary Science and Botany.

Agnes Maud Warlow—English Lang. and Lit., History, Welsh, Geography, Needlework and Garment Construction.

Ffrances Margaret Watkins—English Lang. and Lit., History, Botany, Needlework, Garment Cons., and Cookery.

Annie May Williams—English Lang. and Lit., History, French, Maths. (including Arith.), Geography, Elementary Science and Botany.

Beatrice Williams—English Lang. and Lit., History, Welsh, Geography, Botany, Drawing, Needlework, Garment Con. and Cookery.

Caroline Williams—English Lang. and Lit., Geography, Welsh, Maths. (including Arith.), Elementary Science and Botany.

Eluned Williams—English Lang. and Lit., History, French, Maths. (including Arith.), Geog., Elementary Science and Botany.

Enid Mary Williams—English Lang. and Lit., Geography, French, Maths. (including Arith.), Botany, Drawing.

Llewela Williams—English Lang. and Lit., History, Welsh, Maths. (including Arith.), Geog., Elementary Science and Botany.

Myfanwy Wyn Williams—English Lang. and Lit., History, Welsh, Geog., Needlework, and Garment Construction, Cookery.

Winifred Williams—English Lang. and Lit., History, Welsh, Botany, Drawing, Needlework, and Garment Const., Cookery.

Supplementary Certificates.

Florence Evelyn Ballard—English Lang. and Lit.

Margaret Mary George—Maths. (including Arith.)

Margaret Somerville Clare Roberts—Maths. (including Arith.)

Laura Thomas—English Lang. and Lit., Maths. (including Arith.)

Gertrude Margaret Prance Williams—Maths. (including Arith.), Botany.

Arithmetic, where taken by itself to complete a qualification.

The under-named candidates have been awarded a pass with credit in Arithmetic : —

Doris Priddle Hek, Mary Elizabeth James, Barbara Ann Jones, Margaret Mary Jones, Mary Elizabeth Lewis, Agnes Maud Warlow, Frances Margaret Watkins, Beatrice Williams, Winifred Williams.

Subjects in Black Letters denote distinction.

 

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

The Higher Stage Certificate was taken around 18 years of age.

The Senior Certificate was taken at around 16 years.


The Higher Stage Certificate remained much the same until 1951 but was renamed Higher School Certificate in 1921.

The Senior Stage Certificate became the School Certificate in 1919 although unofficially it continued to be called Senior Certificate for many years.

The Supplementary Stage was taken at the end of the first year in the sixth form, but unlike the other stages it could be taken in separate subjects.


Notes

Oliver Dudley Evans, (1905–1972), was a son of Evans the Saddler & Harness Maker of Commercial Street. He went on to UCW Aberystwyth.

John William Morgan (1904–1991) of Trevor Street, went on to Jesus College, Oxford.

Thomas Oswald Phillips (1903–1969 ) of Cwmaman gained a Rees Llewellyn Scholarship to study at UC Cardiff.

Cyril Berry, (1903–1962), was the son of Richard Lewis Berry and grandson of Joseph Lendon Berry. Both were pioneering Aberdare photographers. R.L. Berry was also an AUDC councillor, a musician and an Aberdare Fire Brigade Captain. Cyril married Tressida Louisa Hek in 1929 and became a schoolmaster. He died in Shropshire in 1962.

Edith Evans, (1902–1986), became a teacher at Gadlys Secondary School for Girls. Her father was a colliery fireman, and the family lived in Mountain Road, Cwmaman.

Blodwen Fox, (1903–1985), was born in Pontycymer, the daughter of Annie (née Parry) and Thomas (Tom) Noah Fox, a colliery accountant of 40 Tanybryn Street. She attended the Town (Council) Elementary School before the Girls' County School. The family were members of Bethania Welsh Chapel in the centre of Aberdare. Blodwen proceeded to UCW Aberystwyth with an Open Scholarship. She gained a 1st in Zoology, and a year later in 1925 her MSc. By 1928 she had obtained her PhD on the regeneration in Planaria amara under experimental conditions. Her first job was at Huddersfield Technical College. In 1931 she married Samuel Bowen Thomas, later OBE, who was a fellow MSc student at Aber in 1925. Sam became an eminent bacteriologist at Aberystwyth with particular reference to the dairy industry; he later became Regional Bacteriologist for Wales. The couple raised one daughter and lived in their retirement at Waunfawr, Aberystwyth. They are both interred in Mynwent y Garn, Bow Street.

Arthur Charlton Cox (1906–85) was one of the headmaster’s four children: there were three boys and a girl. All four qualified as doctors, they were, with qualifying dates: David Walter Charlton Cox (1930); Arthur Charlton Cox (1932); Margaret Charlton Cox (1934); and Alfred George Charlton Cox (1940, and MD 1949). Arthur was at School from 1916 to 1922. He gained a scholarship to Hereford Cathedral School for his sixth form studies leading to the Higher School Certificate. His mother was May Daniel of Llwydcoed House, also pupil of the school, 1896–99.

John Benjamin Davies, (1904–circa 1996), graduated in 1927 from Aberystwyth with a double first in the same two subjects as he gained a distinction in the Senior Certificate. In 1938 he added an MA to his academic qualifications. After teaching in two grammar schools, in Beverley and Ruabon, he returned as a master to his old school in 1945, and stayed until his retirement in 1967. He surprised Aberdarians when he died: his will revealed he was a millionaire.

Brinley Cenydd Erricker, (1905–1970), from Foundry Town, was a pupil at the school from 1917 to 1923. He was captain of Rugby 1922–23, and captain of Cricket 1923. He passed his ‘Highers’ in 1923 with two distinctions, then entered UCW Aberystwyth with a scholarship. Brinley became Senior Maths Master at Leyton High School, N.E. London.

Percival Handel Escott, (1902–1964), concluded his teaching career at Caradog Primary School in Clifton Street, Aberdare - a school which he attended himself as a boy. Percy is the father of John Escott, (ABGS 1948–56) and Gillian Escott who attended AGGS. The family lived in Park Grove.

Robert William Francis, (1904–88), was brought up in Dean St. He left school for U.C. Cardiff, and after periods of teaching elsewhere, and six years in the RAF, he returned to ABGS to teach Physics in 1947. In 1959 he left to take up the headship of Bryn Celynnog Secondary School in Beddau.

Leslie George Mather was the son of a schoolmaster from Abercynon. Leslie left school to enter Cheltenham Teacher Training College.

Neville Leslie Probert, (1904–1989) was from Mountain Ash, and at school 1916–23. He 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.

Gordon Lewis Spencer, (1905–1976), was brought up in Whitcombe St Aberdare. He became a teacher and eventually a headmaster. His last post was as headmaster of Mardy House Church in Wales Secondary School.

Gordon Spencer

Gordon Spencer


Leonard Stonelake, (1904–1969), was the son of the well-known local politician Edmund Stonelake. Leonard was a member of the large Stonelake family of Herbert Street, Foundry Town. After school Leonard went to UC Cardiff.