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Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School

Published Examination Results

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CWB Examination Results, 1926

CENTRAL WELSH BOARD EXAMINATIONS.

Excellent Results in Boys’ and Girls’ County Schools.

The results of the Central Welsh Board examinations were issued last week. The number of passes reflect [sic] the utmost credit on the staff of both the Aberdare Boys’ and Girls’ County Schools. Twenty-two boys and twelve girls passed equal to Welsh Matriculation.

The following is a list of the passes in the Boys’ School, given in alphabetical order.

SCHOOL CERTIFICATE.

Idris Bridges, English, history, Latin, French, arithmetic, chemistry.

George L. Collins, English, history, Latin, French, arithmetic.

Alfred G. C. Cox, English (with distinction), Latin (with distinction), French (with distinction), mathematics, chemistry, geography.

Ivor David English, Latin, French, mathematics, chemistry.

Dd. S. Davies, English, French, arithmetic, book-keeping, shorthand.

Howell Wyndham Davies, English (distinction), history, Latin (distinction), French, arithmetic, mathematics, geography.

William D. Davies, English, French, mathematics, geography, drawing.

Charles H. E. Day, English, history, Latin (distinction), French, arithmetic, chemistry (distinction).

Raymond W. Evans, English, Welsh, history, Latin, arithmetic, geography.

Harold G. Hopkins, English, French, book-keeping (distinction).

Stacey Hopper, English, history, French (distinction), mathematics, mechanics (distinction), geography, drawing.

Fred L. Humphreys, English, history, arithmetic.

Thomas R. James, English, Welsh, Latin, mathematics, mechanics, geography, music.

David T. Jenkins, English, Welsh, arithmetic.

Glyn I. John, English, Welsh, geography, drawing, book-keeping (distinction), shorthand.

James H. John, English, Welsh, history, arithmetic, mechanics, music.

Alun H. Jones, English, history, Latin, French, mathematics, chemistry, geography.

Victor H. Jones, English, history, Welsh, arithmetic, geography.

Vincent B. Jones, English, history, mathematics (distinction), mechanics, geography, book-keeping.

Richard Lewis, English, history, French, mathematics, geography.

Philip W. Martin, English, history, French, mathematics, chemistry, book-keeping.

Henry John Miles, English, history, French, mathematics, mechanics, geography.

Emlyn Morgan, Latin, French, arithmetic.

John Howard Morgan, English, history, Welsh, mathematics, geography.

Vere Rogers Nicholas, English, arithmetic, mechanics, geography.

Ronald Woodcott Owen, English, mathematics, book-keeping.

Ronald Pardoe, English, history, Welsh, mathematics, chemistry, geography, drawing.

Idris Phillips, English, history, Welsh, arithmetic, geography.

Benjamin Price, English, history, Latin (distinction), French, mathematics, mechanics.

Morgan Price, English, Welsh, mathematics.

Arthur Ronald Pugh, English, history, Welsh, mathematics, chemistry, geography.

Robert Jenkins Rosser, English, history, French, mathematics, mechanics, geography.

Timothy Ellis Rutter, English, history, French, mathematics, chemistry, book-keeping (distinction).

George Leslie Setton, English, Latin (distinction), French, mathematics, chemistry.

Albert C. Summer, English, French, mathematics, book-keeping (distinction).

Dewi Francis Thomas, English, history, Latin, French, geography.

Dd. Martel Thomas, English, history, French, arithmetic.

Ifor Morris Thomas, English, history, Welsh, arithmetic, chemistry, geography, drawing.

Thos. Aug. Thomas, English, Welsh, arithmetic.

Robert Gordon Walker, English, history, Welsh, arithmetic, mechanics, geography.

Idwal Williams, English, Welsh, history, Latin, arithmetic, chemistry, geography.

Morgan John Williams, English, Welsh, history, Latin, arithmetic, chemistry, geography.

Augustus S. York, English, history, mathematics, chemistry.

SUPPLEMENTARY CERTIFICATE.

Wm. Spencer Davies, English, history.

Dd. Thomas Jones, geography. Wm. Arthur Jones, arithmetic.

HIGHER CERTIFICATE.

Cyril Clarence T. Baker, pure mathematics (distinction), applied mathematics (distinction), physics.

Edward Stanley Jenkins, English (distinction), Latin, French (distinction).

Thomas Alwyn John, English, French.

Ronald Colin Knight, pure mathematics (distinction), applied mathematics, physics.

GIRLS’ COUNTY SCHOOL.

Ann Beryl Barber, English, History, Welsh, Domestic Science, Needlework, Cookery.

Evelyn May Bevan, English History, Mathematics (with credit), Geography (distinction), Botany.

Martha Ann Beynon, English, History, Welsh (distinction), Domestic Science, Shorthand.

Hannah Irene Capron, English, Arithmetic, Drawing, Needlework.

Winifred David, English, Welsh, Arithmetic, Needlework, Shorthand.

Dilys M. Davies, English, History, Welsh, Geography (distinction), Arithmetic, Needlework, Cookery (distinction).

Eilwen Davies, English (distinction), History, Welsh, Mathematics (with credit), Geography (distinction), Botany.

Florence Ethel Davies, English, History, Arithmetic.

Gladys Eluned Davies, English, History, Mathematics, Geography, Botany.

Muriel May Davies, English, History, Welsh, Arithmetic, Geography, Needlework.

Nora Frances Davies, English, History, French, Mathematics (with credit), Geography, Botany.

Sarah Rosaline Davies, English, History, Welsh, Mathematics (with credit), Botany (distinction).

Vesta Coronia Edwards, English, History, Mathematics, Geography, Botany.

Catherine Irene Evans, English, History, French, Mathematics (with credit), Botany.

Gwladys Hale, English History, Welsh, Mathematics, Botany.

Marjorie Evelyn Hall, English (distinction), History, French, Mathematics, Geography, Botany.

Edith Mary Hodges, English, French, Arithmetic, Geography, Shorthand.

Mary Howells, English, Welsh, Arithmetic.

Adeline May James, English, Mathematics, Botany.

Bronwen Elizabeth James, English, History, French (distinction), Geography, Domestic Science, Drawing, Needlework, Cookery.

Claudia James, English, French, Mathematics (with credit), Botany.

Morfydd Jenkins, English, History, Welsh, Drawing, Needlework, Cookery.

Arabella Olwen Jones, English, History, Welsh, Arithmetic, Domestic Science.

Elizabeth M. M. Jones, English, Botany.

Gwyneth M. M. Jones, English, History, French, Mathematics, Geography, Botany.

Hilda M. Jones, English, History, Geography, Botany.

Howys Jones, English, Welsh, Arithmetic, Drawing, Needlework.

Jennet M. Jones, English, Domestic Science, Needlework, Cookery.

Margaret P. Jones, English, Welsh, Domestic Science, Drawing, Needlework, Cookery.

Menna O. Jones, English, History, Welsh, Arithmetic, Needlework.

Millicent Jones, English, History, French, Geography, Domestic Science, Needlework, Cookery.

Muriel Jones, English, Welsh, Geography, Domestic Science.

Olwen Jones, English, History, Welsh, Mathematics, Geography, Botany (distinction).

Phyllis M. Jones, English, Arithmetic, Domestic Science.

Nellie Kemble, English, History, Arithmetic, Domestic Science, Needlework, Cookery.

Gwyneth Lewis, English, History, Mathematics, Geography, Botany.

Hilda Llewelyn, English, Arithmetic, Geography, Domestic Science.

Annie Elizabeth D. Lowe, English, History, Geography, Needlework.

Eunice May Mathias, English, Welsh, Mathematics, Geography, Botany.

Adra Freda Morris, English, History, French, Arithmetic, Geography, Needlework, Cookery.

Isabel Hilda E. Morris, English, History, Mathematics, Geography, Botany.

Sybil Mary Mould, English, History, French, Arithmetic, Geography, Domestic, Science, Needlework, Cookery.

Ellen Joyce R. Nicholls, English, History, French. Mathematics, Botany.

Eirlys Oliver, English, Welsh, Mathematics (with credit), Geography.

Phœbe Oliver, English, History, Arithmetic, Geography, Domestic Science, Drawing, Needlework.

Margaret M. Parry, English, Welsh, Arithmetic, Domestic Science, Shorthand.

Isabella F. Poolman, English, History, French (distinction), Arithmetic, Geography.

Annie Powell, English, History, Welsh, Arithmetic, Geography, Domestic Science.

Ceinwen Powell, English, History, Welsh, Arithmetic, Geography, Domestic Science, Shorthand.

Blodwen Price, English, History, Welsh, Geography, Domestic Science.

Gwyneth Prosser, English, History, Welsh, Arithmetic, Geography, Domestic Science, Needlework.

Olwen M. Rees, English, History, Welsh, Mathematics (with credit), Geography, Botany.

Sadie Roach, English, History, Arithmetic, Geography, Botany.

Marjorie Temple, English, History, Needlework, Cookery.

Alice Thomas, English, History, Welsh, Arithmetic, Geography, Domestic Science, Shorthand.

Eleanor A. C. Williams, English, Welsh, Arithmetic, Geography, Domestic Science, Needlework, Cookery.

Muriel Irene Williams, English, History, Welsh, Geography, Domestic Science, Drawing, Needlework, Cookery.

Muriel Jane Williams, English, History, French, Mathematics (with credit), Geography, Botany.

SUPPLEMENTARY CERTIFICATE.

Bronwen Davies, English.

Lily May Harries, English.

Edna Deborah Jones, Arithmetic.

Margaret M. Jones, English.

Sarah Gwenifer Morgan, English.

Nancy Preece, Geography, French.

Alice Maud Roberts, Chemistry.

Doris May Thomas, Needlework.

Mabel Thomas, Botany (distinction).

HIGHER CERTIFICATE.

Muriel Ailwen Pugh, French (with conversational power), Botany.

Enid Williams, Pure Mathematics, Botany.

NOTE.— All those who passed in French had conversational power also.

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

The Higher School Certificate was taken around 18 years of age. This stage remained much the same until 1951 when it was replaced by GCE Advanced Level.

The School Certificate was taken at around 16 years of age. It was replaced by GCE Ordinary Level in 1951, but unlike School Certificate passes could be awarded in individual subjects. School Certificate required passes in at least five subjects taken from prescribed groups of subjects.


Notes

Alfred G. C. Cox was one of the four children of the headmaster Walter Charlton Cox. All four became doctors.

Howell Wyndham Davies (1908-1997), married Rhiannon Lewis in 1934. She was a daughter of Ted Lewis the famous conductor of the Cwmaman Choral Society. Rhiannon published the autobiographical book Wales, the Beloved Country in 1999, in which her life with Howell is described in some detail.

Stacey Hopper became an artist and a teacher of Art in West London. He has an entry in the Former Pupils section of this website.

Thomas R. James was from Cwmbach. He attended ABGS 1922-28 and later studied mathematics at UCW Aberystwyth, 1928-32, where he gained a First in Pure Mathematics. By 1937 he had been appointed to the staff of ABGS, but commenced a headship at Brynmawr GS from January 1st 1958. In 1952 he gained the LRAM qualification, and was probably better known as a musician - as an accompanist and in particular conductor of the Cwmbach Male Voice Choir.

Glyn I. John was born in 1910 and lived for most of his life in Monk Street. As an adult he took an active part in the life of Aberdare, but was best known as being the town’s librarian. Leaving a previous post in Bridgend Library, he was appointed to Aberdare in February 1947, taking over from Mrs Edith E. Sturdy, who previously with her husband, Mr W. Henstone Sturdy, had been the town’s librarians since 1904. Glyn John served as librarian in three of its locations: at ‘Chews Shop’, High St (now demolished), opposite St John the Baptist Church; at Siloa Hall (1949-1963); and from 1963 at the library where it now stands. Glyn retired in 1972 and died in 1993. He can be seen in several pictures in the online RCT Photographic Archive, and was himself a keen member of Aberdare Camera Club.

Alun H. Jones Alun Hughes Jones, also from Cwmbach, left school for U.C. Cardiff, and later in life became a Biology master at Pontypridd Boys Grammar School.

Henry John Miles (Harry) lived at the Heathcock Inn in High St., and later at 35 Herbert St. He became Maths master Mountain Ash G.S

Ronald Pardoe He was another Cwmbach boy, who, after teaching at Ynyslwyd School, was appointed Physics master at Cyfarthfa Grammar School, Merthyr Tydfil. He went west to Tregaron in 1948 when he became Chemistry master at the town’s County School. In 1951 Ronald was appointed Headmaster of Ysgol Dyffryn Ogwen, Bethesda, Caernarfonshire where he remained until he retired.

Cyril Clarence T. Baker (1907-1980), went to UCW Aberystwyth in 1926. Later in life he wrote several textbooks on mathematics, including a Dictionary of Mathematics, (Newnes, 1966).

Edward Stanley Jenkins was born in 1908, and attended the Town Council School in Foundry Town. His family lived in Herbert Street and his father was a stationmaster at one of the town’s railway stations. He went to U.C Cardiff after gaining his School and Higher Certificates. He became Senior Modern Language Master at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School for Boys. He was also Chief Examiner in French for the Welsh Joint Education Committee, and a former pupil of Mr. J.T. Bowen, a master at ABGS from 1918 to 1958. Indeed Mr Bowen acknowledged Edward Jenkins’ help when he wrote his Teach Yourself Welsh book in 1960. E.S. Jenkins also authored two of the Teach Yourself books himself: one for French Grammar and another, co-authored, for German. E.S. Jenkins died in 1990 at Tunbridge Wells in Kent.