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Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School

Published Examination Results

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School Certificate Results, 1930

from Dave Lewis, with notes from John Samuel

The Higher School Certificate was an examination taken by pupils at the age of about 18 years, roughly equivalent to GCE Advanced level. The School Certificate was an examination taken by pupils at the age of about 16 years. In some ways it was equivalent to the O-level and GCSE examinations that superseded the ‘Certificate’ in 1951 and 1988 respectively. A significant difference from the two following schemes however, was the requirement that a School Certificate was issued only if a set minimum number of subjects was passed, at a certain standard, and from combinations of subjects that were specified by the Central Welsh Board.

The Higher results of 1930 resulted in the award of four State Scholarships, a feat that the school never surpassed. The scholarships were awarded to the first four boys mentioned in the list. You will find three of these boys, Tom Barling, Handel Davies and Mansel Morris Davies in the Former Pupils section of this website. A.G.C. Cox, currently not in the list of Former Pupils, was one of the Headmaster’s four children. He went on to be a physician - as indeed did the other three of the Headmaster’s children.

Of the others, in the Highers Section:

and girls:

In the School Certificate Section:

and girls

Supplementary Level was an examination available in single subjects, and was taken by a small number of candidates one year after School Certificate. Of these boys,


1930 Newspaper Cutting part 1
Clarence G. Gardener:  English, History, Latin, French (oral proficiency), Mathematics, Geography, Biology with distinction, Drawing.
Peggy Davies:  English, French (oral proficiency), Mathematics with distinction, Geography, Biology.
1930 Newspaper Cutting part 2