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Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School

Published Examination Results

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CWB Examination Results, 1938

C.W.B RESULTS.

ABERDARE GIRLS’ AND BOYS’ COUNTY SCHOOLS.

List of Subjects (Exclusive).

HERE are the full results of the Central Welsh Board examinations as announced locally this morning, (Thursday), including lists of subjects in which entrants were successful, published exclusively in this newspaper.

Welsh (in black type) indicates Welsh language and literature as distinct from Welsh language.


HIGHER CERTIFICATE STAGE


ABERDARE BOYS’ COUNTY SCHOOL

Jack Spencer Norman Boobyer—English with distinction; Latin; French with distinction and conversational power.

Clifford Morgan Davies—Latin; French with conversational power; English (subsidiary).

Emlyn Davies—Welsh; History; English (subsidiary).

Garfield Daniel Griffiths—English; French with conversational power; History.

Idris Hicks—English; Economics; History.

Brinley Anfield James—English; Latin; French with conversational power.

Emrys Jones—Botany; Zoology; Geography.

Trevor Jones—Economics; Geography; English (subsidiary).

William Edgerton Jones—English with distinction; French with conversational power; History (subsidiary).

Myrddin Morgan—Pure and Applied Mathematics; Physics; Chemistry.

David Bawden Powell—English; Latin; French with conversational power.

Edwin Thomas Richards—English; Latin; History.

Emrys Walters—English; Latin; Welsh.

Emrys Williams—Pure and Applied Mathematics; Physics; Chemistry.

 

SCHOOL CERTIFICATES.

Graham Spencer Bird—French (with conversational power), Geology, Biology.

Thomas Burrows—Maths., Biology.

Alan Capstick—English, French (with conversational power), Maths., Physics, Art.

Clifford Harry Clark—English, History, French (with conversational power), Maths., Physics, Chemistry.

David Ivor Davies—English, French (with conversational power), Maths., Physics, Chemistry, Geography.

Lewis Arwyn Davies—English, Welsh (with conversational power), Maths., Geography, Biology.

Victor Clarence Davies—English, French (with conversational power), Maths., Biology, Art, Book-keeping.

Wm. John Davies—English, Maths., Art, Woodwork.

Gwilym Glanville Evans—Arith., Biology, Art, Book-keeping, Shorthand.

John Byron Evans—English, Arithmetic, Woodwork.

Leslie Evans—History, Maths., Chemistry.

Samuel Reginald Freed—English, History, Latin, French (with conversational power), Maths., Biology.

Owen W. B. Griffiths—English, Latin, French (with conversational power), Maths., Biology.

David Richards Jefferies—English, Latin, French (with conversational power), Maths., Geography, Biology, Art.

Glanville Owen John—English, History, French (with conversational power), Arithmetic, Biology.

Colin Graham Lewis—English, History, French (with conversational power), Maths., Biology, Book-keeping, Shorthand.

James Brynmor Lewis—English, Arithmetic, Book-keeping, Shorthand.

Rhydwyn Harris Lewis—French, Maths., Geography, Art.

Henry Rhudian Lloyd—English, Welsh (with conversational power), Maths., Geography, Biology, Book-keeping, Shorthand.

Thomas Brinley Lovell—English, French (with conversational power), Maths., Physics, Chemistry.

Alfred Morgan—English, Maths., Physics, Woodwork.

Rowland Lloyd Morgan—English, Welsh (with conversational power), Maths., Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Woodwork.

Samuel J.R. Oliver—History, Welsh (with conversational power), Arithmetic.

Danny Rhys Owen—Welsh (with conversational power), Maths.

Theophilus Owen—English, Latin, French (with conversational power), Maths., Biology, Art, Woodwork.

Hedley Daniel Palmer—English, Maths., Biology, Art, Woodwork.

Sidney Phelps—English, Latin, French, Maths., Geography, Biology.

Morgan Phillips—English, Maths., Art, Woodwork.

David Brian Price—English, History, Latin, French (with conversational power), Maths., Biology.

Cyril John Rees—English, French (with conversational power), Maths., Biology, Geography.

Michael Terence Spillane—English, English [sic], French (with conversational power), Maths., Art.

Trevor Lewis Taylor—English, French, Maths., Physics, Chemistry, Woodwork.

David Vernon Thomas—English, French (with conversational power), Maths., Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Woodwork.

Gwilym Ivor Thomas—English, Maths., Woodwork.

Jenkin Thomas—Maths., Book-keeping, Shorthand.

Raymond Elliott Thomas—English, Latin, French (with conversational power), Maths., Geography, Biology.

William Marshall Thomas—English, Welsh (with conversational power), Arithmetic.

Gordon Clifford Watkins—English, History, Arithmetic, Art, Book-keeping, Shorthand.

Ifor Bonner Wilcox—French (with conversational power), Maths., Art.

William Arthur Wilcox—English, French (with conversational power), Maths., Biology, Art.

Frank Benson Williams—English, Arithmetic, Art, Book-keeping, Shorthand.

John Howard Williams—English, History, Latin, French (with conversational power), Maths., Biology, Art, Woodwork.

Mansel Williams—English, French (with conversational power), Book-keeping, Shorthand.

Walter Argwyn Williams—English, History, Maths., Biology.

Supplementary Certificate.

William John Humphreys—Geology.

Arthur Raymond Jones—Geology.

David John Jones—Maths.

Meirion Lewis—History.

Alwyn Williams—Geology.

David Isaac Williams—Geology.

William Glyndwr Williams—Geology.


 

HIGHER CERTIFICATE STAGE.

ABERDARE COUNTY SCHOOL FOR GIRLS.

Joan Eves—English; French with conversational power; History.

Margery Jessie Ruth Hill—English; ; French with conversational power; History.

Winifred Mary Jenkins—Botany; Zoology; Chemistry (subsidiary).

 

SCHOOL CERTIFICATES.

Amy Bevan—English, Welsh, Maths., Chemistry, Biology.

Vera Irene Daniel—Welsh (conversational power), Arithmetic.

Annie Mary Davies—Welsh (conversational power), Art, Needlework.

Dilys Davies—English, Maths.

Harriet Elizabeth Davies—English, Welsh, Arithmetic.

Morfydd Davies—English, Welsh, Arithmetic, Geography.

Agnes Ray Edwards—English, History, Arithmetic, Botany, Needlework.

Nan England—English, History, French (with conversational power), Maths., Geography, Biology, Art, Needlework.

Dilys Gwenllian Evans—English, Latin, Welsh (conversational power), Arithmetic, Geography, Cookery.

Dorothy Beryl Evans—English, French (conversational power), Arithmetic.

Elizabeth Megan Evans—English, Maths., Geography, Biology, Art.

Mary Evans—English, Welsh, History, Maths., Chemistry, Biology.

Mary M.E. Good—English, French (conversational power), Maths., Chemistry, Geography, Biology.

Ceinwen Eynon Griffiths—English, Welsh, History, Arithmetic, Geography, Domestic Science, Art.

Celia M. Griffiths—English, Welsh, History, Arithmetic, Geography, Botany, Art, Needlework.

Rhiannon Griffiths—Welsh, Arithmetic, Geography, Biology, Art.

Maria M. Hanks—English, History, Welsh (conversational power), Maths., Chemistry, Biology.

Eirwen G. Hughes—English, Welsh, Arithmetic, Chemistry, Geography, Biology.

Mary Ann James—Arithmetic, Art, Cookery.

Margaret Bowen John—English, History, French (conversational power), Maths., Geography, Biology, Art.

Beti Havard Jones—English, French (conversational power), Maths. (credit in trigonometry), Geography, Biology, Art.

Elizabeth Jones—Welsh (with conversational power).

Glenys Jones—English, Welsh, Arithmetic, Geography, Botany, Art, Needlework.

Lena Jones—Welsh (with conversational power), Arithmetic, Art, Needlework.

Arianwen Lewis—English, Welsh, History, Arithmetic, Biology, Art.

Elizabeth Jane Lewis—English, French (with conversational power), Arithmetic, Geography, Biology, Art.

Eluned Lewis—Arithmetic, Botany.

Hilda Mckenzie—English, Welsh (with conversational power), Maths., Chemistry, Geography, Biology.

Meiriona Michael—English, Welsh, Maths., Geography, Biology.

Beryl Morgan—English, History, Arithmetic, Biology.

Betty Morgan—English, History, French (with conversational power), Maths., Chemistry.

Gwenllian Morgan—English, Welsh, Arithmetic, Biology, Art.

Gwyneth May Palmer—Welsh (with conversational power), Arithmetic, Botany, Art, Needlework.

Evelyn Elain Phillips—Arithmetic, Geography, Needlework.

Valmai Gwenllian Phillips—Welsh.

Maisie Griffiths Prosser—History, Arithmetic, Needlework.

Enid Renowden—Welsh, Arithmetic, Cookery.

Nettie Richards—Arithmetic, Chemistry.

Catherine Richardson—English, French (with conversational power), Maths., Geography, Biology, Art.

Miriam Mary Richardson—English, History, Welsh, Maths., Geography, Biology.

Eleanor R. Roberts—English, History, French (with conversational power), Arithmetic, Geography, Biology.

Dorothy Lucy Thomas—English, History, French (with conversational power), Biology.

Elizabeth Ann Thomas—English, History, Welsh (with conversational power), Arithmetic, Geography, Biology, Art.

Phyllis Thomas—English, History, Welsh (with conversational power), Maths., Biology, Art.

Rachel M.A. Walters—English, History, French (with conversational power), Maths., Chemistry, Biology.

Joan Wigmore—English, Maths.

Margaret A.L. Williams—English, Welsh, History, Arithmetic, Geography.

Megan Williams—Welsh, Arithmetic, Cookery.

Millicent Williams—English, History, Latin, Welsh (with conversational power), Cookery, Arithmetic, Geography.

Morfydd Williams—English, Arithmetic, Art.

Winifred May Wynn—English, History, French (with conversational power), Maths., Geography, Biology, Art.

Supplementary Certificate.

Hazel Barker—Latin.

Margery Evans—Geography.

Nancy Irene Ruck—Geography.

 

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

J.S.N. Boobyer, (1920–1990), was Head Prefect in his final year, and went on to gain a State Scholarship in 1938 before going up to King’s College, London. He had an emergency commission in the Cheshire Regiment in the war. His WW2 Special Operations Executive file is available at the National Archives, Kew.

Garfield Daniel Griffiths, (1921–1999), became Head of English at ABGS. A full record of his career can be found in the Teachers section of this website.

Emrys Jones, (1920–2006) became a professor of Geography at the London School of Economics. He has an entry in the Former Pupils section of this website.

Myrddin Morgan, was appointed to teach Maths and Physics at ABGS from Easter 1957. He left in 1965 to be Head of Maths at Caerphilly Girls’ G.S. (At the same time Mr D.N. Williams left to become Head of Chemistry at Caerphilly Girls’ GS.)

David Bawden Powell died 27/02/1945 as a casualty in WW2. He was a Lieutenant in the 2nd Bn., Welch Regiment. His name can be found on the Rangoon Memorial. David lived in Gadlys Post Office. After school he went to U.C. Cardiff Training Dept., with a GCC Exhibition of £60, as a Rearden Smith scholar.

Emrys Walters was the son of Rev William Walters of Richmond Terrace and Bethesda Chapel, Abernant. Emrys too became a minister of the URC church in Brighton. He was also a part-time reporter for the BBC in Wales – on things happening in England, particularly sport.

 

Graham Spencer Bird, (1923–2000), was Cricket captain in the 1941 season. He later became a second generation member of the Bird family to work at the law firm of T. Marchant Harries. His father, Spencer Bird had been with the firm since 1927; and Graham’s son works there now.

Alan Capstick, (1922–96), was from Clifton Crescent, Aberaman. He trained at the Welsh School of Medicine, qualifying in 1952. He gained a clutch of qualifications: BA, BSc, MB, BCh, MD, DPM, FRCPsych, and became a Consultant Psychiatrist at Whitchurch Hospital, Cardiff. He was the guest speaker at the School Prize Day in 1962.

Samuel Reginald Freed was a member of Victor Freed’s family, the Furniture & Radio Dealers of Abernant Road. The family had shops in Cardiff, Mountain Ash and three in Aberdare.

Trevor Lewis Taylor, Raymond Elliott Thomas, Meirion Lewis and Alwyn Williams all have entries in the Former Pupils Section.

 

In the girls’ list:

Joan Eves, (1920–1970), was the daughter of a railway signalman and was brought up in Griffith Street. She was senior prefect in 1938. She can be seen in the Memories and Memorabilia section of the Girls’ School site presenting items of assembly hall furniture to the headmistress, Miss Margaret Cook, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the school.

 

Joan Wigmore, (1922–2002), was born in Moss House Abernant, though she moved with her parents to Fothergill Street as a child. She trained as a schoolteacher, and taught at Peckham, South East London. After marriage to Edward Sullivan in 1948, she never taught again, becoming a full-time housewife and mother, living out her days at Brockley, South East London. For her training, she enrolled at Avery Hill Teacher Training College in Eltham SE9, but that institution was evacuated to Huddersfield during the war.