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Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School

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W.J.E.C. School Certificate Results, 1949

School certificate results

Full lists of subjects


Here is the full list of Welsh Joint Education Committee (formerly C.W.B.) results issued on Monday. They have been abbreviated as much as possible to save space, and here is the “key”—subjects printed in ordinary type indicate a “pass,” c credit, vg very good, and subjects printed in black letters indicate oral proficiency.

  In regard to the unusually short list for the Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School, it should be pointed out that the school has changed over from four-year preparation to five-year preparation for the school certificate examination with the result that the number of candidates presented this year was less than two-fifths of the number presented last year.

BOYS

Arnold, Richard: Eng., Eng. lit., geog., Welsh, general science, art, (all credits).

Baker, Eric James: Eng. (c), Eng. lit. (c), history (c), geog., Welsh (c), maths. (c), geology (c).

Bird, David Stuart: Eng., Eng. lit. (very good), history, geog., Latin, French (all c), maths., general science (c).

Bryant, Frederick: Eng. (c), Eng. lit., Welsh, maths. (c), art, book-keeping.

Davies, David Myrddin: Eng., geog. (c), Welsh (c), maths. (c), general science, woodwork (c).

Davies, Keith Llewellyn: Eng., Eng. lit., geog., French, maths., physics, chemistry, biology (all c).

Davies, Peter Gwyn: Eng. (vg), Eng. lit. (c), French (c), maths. (vg), physics (vg), chemistry (vg), biology.

Erasmus, Raymond Trevor: Eng. (c), Eng. lit. (c), history, Latin (c), French (vg), maths. (c), general science (c), music (matric. equiv.) (vg).

Crowther-Green, John Telford: Eng., Eng. lit., French (all c), maths. (vg), physics, biology, art (all c).

Gwilliam, Arthur John Hinton: Eng. (c), Eng. lit. (c), history, geog., French (c), maths. (c), geology (vg), prac. plane and solid geom. (c).

Isaac, John: Eng., Eng. lit., French (all c), maths. (vg), physics, chemistry, biology, art (all c).

James, David Edward: Eng. (c), Eng. lit., geog. (c), Latin (c), French (c), maths. (c), geology (c).

James, William David: Eng., Eng. lit., history, French, (all c), maths. (vg), physics, biology, geology (all c).

Lane, Colin Gregory: Eng lang., geog., French, maths. (all c), geology, woodwork (c).

Lawrence, Eric: Eng lang. (c), Eng. lit., French, maths. (c), physics (c), biology (c), geology (c), woodwork (vg).

Lewis, John George: Eng. (c), Eng. lit., Welsh (c), maths., arith. (c), art.

Marsh, Alan: Eng., Eng. lit., Latin (all c), French (vg), maths., geology, art (all c).

Marshall, David Philip: Eng. (c), Eng. lit. (c), Welsh, Maths. (c), physics (c), chemistry (c), biology (c), music prac. (c).

Matthews, Vivian: Eng. lang., maths. (c), physics, chemistry, art (c), woodwork.

McLean, Jeffrey Graeme: Eng. lang. (c), Eng. lit., geog. (c), French (c), maths. (c), general science (c), woodwork (c).

Phillips, Derek David: Eng. lang. (vg), Eng. lit. (c), history, geography, Latin (c), French (c), maths., geology (c).

Shephard, Alfred: Eng. lang., geography, French (all c), maths. (vg), physics (c), chemistry, biology (c).

Thomas, Vivian: Eng. lang. (c), Eng. lit., geog. (c), Welsh, maths., arithmetic (c), geology, book-keeping (c).

Walters, Ronald: Eng. lang. (vg), Eng. lit. (c), Welsh (c), maths. (vg), physics (c), chemistry (vg), biology (vg), geology (vg), art (c).

Watkins, William John: Eng. lang., French, maths. (all c), physics, chemistry, biology, woodwork (c).

Weir, James Scott: Eng. lang., Eng. lit., history, geog., Latin, French, general science (all c).

Wilkerson, David Austin: Eng. lang., Eng. lit., geog., French, maths. (all c), general science, art, book-keeping.

Williams, David Roger: Eng. lang. (c), Eng. lit., geog. (c), maths. (c), physics, chemistry (c), biology (c).

Williams, William John: Eng. lang. (c), Eng. lit. (c), geog., Latin (c), French (c), maths. (c), general science (c), art.

Supplementary Certificate

Davies, Jeffrey George: Music (matric. equiv.) (c).

Evans, Gareth David: Physics (c).

Gould, John: Welsh (c).

Jenkins, John Gwyn: Welsh (c).

Jones, Maldwyn: Chemistry (vg).

Morgans, Rees: General science.

Parker, Geoffrey: Maths. (c).

Vater, Colin Arthur Morfryn: Maths., arithmetic (c).

Ex-pupils

Evans, Glyndwr: Eng. lang.

Hicks, Brinley T.: Geog. (c).
 

GIRLS

Billett, Clemence Ellen: Eng. lang. (c), Eng. lit. (c), history, geog. (c), French, biology (c), art (c), needlework, cookery.

Callaghan, Gillian Shirley: Eng. lang. (vg), Eng. lit. (c), history (c), geog. (c), Latin (vg), French (vg), maths. (vg).

Challis, Jean Margaret: Eng. lang. (c), Eng. lit., geog., Latin, French (c), maths. (c).

Chivers, Doreen Everson: Eng. lang. (vg), Eng. lit., Latin, French (c), Chemistry (c), biology (c), art (c).

Crimmin, Patricia Kathleen: Eng. lang. (vg), Eng. lit. (vg), history (c), geog. (c), Latin (c), French (c), chemistry (c), biology.

Davey, Cynthia Rose: Eng. lang., Eng. lit., Welsh, maths., chemistry, book-keeping, shorthand (all c).

Davies, Jean: Eng. lang., Eng. lit., history (all c), geog., Welsh (c), biology (c), art (c), book-keeping.

Davies, Margaret: Eng. lang. (c), Eng. lit. (c), history, Welsh (c), chemistry, biology, needlework, cookery (c).

Eaton, Marjorie: Eng. lang., Eng. lit. (c), history, biology, art, needlework.

Edwards, Anita: Eng. lang., Eng. lit., history (c), Welsh (c), art, book-keeping (c), arithmetic (c).

Evans, Alma: Eng. lang. (vg), Eng. lit. (c), history (c), geog. (c), Welsh, biology (c), art (c).

Evans, Margaret Joyce: Eng. lang., Eng. lit., Welsh, maths., chemistry, needlework (all c), cookery.

Evans, Winifred: Eng. lang., Eng. lit., geog., French, maths. (all c), biology, book-keeping (c).

Griffiths, Mary Elizabeth: Eng. lang. (c), history, geog. (c), Welsh (c), biology, art.

Griffiths, Rita: Eng. lang., Eng. lit. (c), geog., Latin, French (c), maths. (c), biology.

Hinton, Rachel Patricia: Eng. lang., Eng. lit., geog., Latin, French, maths., biology (all c).

Horton, Merle Rita: Eng. lang., history, Welsh, music (theory) (all c), music (practical) (vg), art (c).

Hurst, Thelma Morgan: Eng. lang., Eng. lit., geog., Latin, French, chemistry (all c), biology, art (c), arithmetic (c).

James, Elizabeth Jean: Eng. lang., Eng. lit., geog., Latin, Welsh, maths. (all c), chemistry (vg), biology (c).

James, Margaret Lloyd: Eng. lang. (c), Eng. lit. (vg), history (c), geog., Latin, Welsh (c), biology (c), art (c).

Jenkins, Ann Menna: Eng. lang. (c), Eng. lit., Latin (c), French (c), maths. (c in arith.), biology.

Jenkins, Margaret: Eng. lang. (c), Eng. lit. (c), history (vg), geog. (c), Welsh (c), biology (vg), art (c).

John, Kathleen: Eng. lang., Eng. lit., history (all c), geog., Welsh (c), maths. (c).

Jones, Janet Elizabeth: Eng. lang. (c), Eng. lit. (c), history, Welsh (c), biology, music (matric.) (c), art (c).

Jones, Mali Griffiths: Eng. lang., Eng. lit., French, maths., chemistry, music (matric.), needlework, cookery (all c).

Jones, Marjorie M: Eng. lang. (c), Eng. lit. (c), history (c), geog., French (c), maths (c).

Jones, Menna E: Eng. lang. (vg), Eng. lit. (vg), history (vg), geog. (c), Latin (vg), French (vg), maths. (c).

Jones, Olivia A. Havard: Eng. lang. (vg), Eng. lit., geog., Latin, Welsh, biology, art, arithmetic (all c).

Jones, Pauline: Eng. lang., Eng. lit., geog., French (all c), maths., chemistry (c), book-keeping (c), shorthand.

Lewis, Barbara J: Eng. lang., Eng. lit., Latin, French, maths. (c in arith.), music (matric.) (c).

Lewis, Joan: Eng. lang. (c), Eng. lit. (c), geog., Latin, French (c), chemistry, biology.

Llewellyn, Christine: Eng. lang., Eng. lit., history, geog., Latin, Welsh, chemistry (all vg), arithmetic (c).

Makin, Alice P: Eng. lang., Eng. lit., geog., French, maths., biology (all c).

Manser, Cecily: Eng. lang. (c), Eng. lit., history (c), geog., French (c), maths. (c), needlework (c), cookery (c).

Morris, Muriel Anne: Eng. lang. (c), Eng. lit., geog., Welsh (c), biology (c), art (c), book-keeping (c), shorthand (c).

Morgan, Morwenna: Eng. lang. (vg), Eng. lit., Latin, French (c), art.

Moyle, Mary Jane: Eng. lang. (c), Eng. lit. (c), geog., Latin, French (c), biology (c), art (c), arithmetic (c).

Phillips, Geraldine R: Eng. lang. (c), Latin (c), French (c), biology, music (matric.) (c), art (c).

Presswood, Anne: Eng. lang. (vg), Eng. lit. (vg), geog. (c), Latin (c), French (vg), maths. (c), biology (c).

Price, Marjorie V: Eng. lang. (vg), Eng. lit. (c), history, Latin (c), French (c), maths. (c).

Pugsley, Rosa J: Eng. lang. (c), Eng. lit. (c), Latin, Welsh (c), biology, music (matric.), art.

Shane, Sonia: Eng. lang. (c), Eng. lit. (c), geog., Latin (c), French (c), maths. (c), chemistry (c).

Stanford, Ellen Barbara: Eng. lang. (vg), Eng. lit. (vg), French (c), art, shorthand (c).

Thomas, Barbara V: Eng. lang. (vg), Eng. lit. (c), Latin (c), French (vg), maths. (c).

Thomas, Gwyneth: Eng. lang., Eng. lit. (c), history (c), geog. (c), French, chemistry (c), biology (c), arithmetic (c).

Thomas, Mary Elizabeth: Eng. lang. (vg), Eng. lit. (c), geog., Latin, French (c), maths., biology.

Truman, Mary Elaine: Eng. lang., Eng. lit., history, geog., Latin, French, maths. (all c).

Underwood, Eirolwen: Eng. lang. (c), Eng. lit. (vg), history, Welsh (c), art (c), needlework (c), cookery (c).

Wales, Kathleen Mary: Eng. lang. (vg), Eng. lit. (vg), history, geog., Latin (vg), French (vg), maths. (c).

Watkins, Jean: Eng. lang. (c), geog., Welsh (c), maths. (c), chemistry (c), book-keeping (c), shorthand (c).

Wignall, Lilian K: Eng. lang. (c), Eng. lit. (c), history, Latin (c), French (c), biology, music (matric.) (c).

Williams, Eiral: Eng. lang., Eng. lit., Welsh, biology, art (c), needlework (vg), cookery.

Williams, Joan Valmai: Eng. lang. (c), Eng. lit. (vg), geog., Latin, Welsh (vg), chemistry (c), biology, art (c).

Williams, June: Eng. lang., Eng. lit., history (c), biology (c), art, book-keeping, arithmetic (c).

Supplementary Certificates

Adams, Margaret Rosa: History, homecraft and hygiene, art (all c).

Baigent, Margaret: Music (matric.), needlework, cookery (c).

Baker, Barbara Rose: Chemistry, biology.

Boxer, Jean Glenys: Physics (vg).

Davies, Beryl: French, homecraft and hygiene (all c).

Evans; Rhianydd: History, Welsh (all c).

Eynon, Virginia: Physics (c).

Griffiths, Marjorie A: Geog. (c), chemistry, homecraft and hygiene (c).

Hutchings, Winifred: maths. (c).

Jeffries, Rhoda M: Chemistry, homecraft and hygiene (all c).

John, Valerie: Maths. (c).

Jones, Dorwen R: Maths. (c).

Lewis, Patricia Edwina: Maths. (c).

Llewellyn, Marjorie Brenda: Homecraft and hygiene (vg).

Morgans, Mair: Eng. lang. (c), homecraft and hygiene (vg).

Payne, Sylvia E: Homecraft and hygiene (c).

Phillips, Audrey: Scripture (vg), homecraft and hygiene (c).

Stonelake, Olive L: Homecraft and hygiene (c).

Sutton, Francis D: Chemistry (c), homecraft and hygiene (vg).

Williams, Beti: Eng. lang. (vg), Eng. lit. (vg), homecraft and hygiene (c).

Williams, Maureen: History (c), geog., needlework (c), cookery (c).


W.J.E.C. Higher School Certificate Results, 1949

HIGHER RESULTS

 

RESULTS of the Higher School Certificate examination (Welsh Joint Education Committee—which now replaces the Central Welsh Board) were received here on Tuesday. They are as follows:

O after the subject indicates conversational power; D, distinction; S, subsidiary.

ABERDARE BOYS’ COUNTY SCHOOL

Brace, Edwin Lloyd: Geology; Geography; Economics (S).

Davies, Robert Alun: English; Latin; French (O).

Edmunds, David Eric: Pure and Applied Mathematics (D); Physics; Chemistry (D).

Edwards, John Frederick David: English; French (O); Geography (S).

Evans, Leslie: Chemistry; Botany; Zoology.

Griffiths, Norman: English; Latin; French (O).

Harris, Roy: Economics; Geography; History (S).

Hicks, Gordon Allen: Pure and Applied Mathematics; Physics; Chemistry.

Jenkins, Graham: Chemistry; Botany; Zoology.

John, Stuart Griffith: English; Latin (D); French (O).

Jones, Norman: Economics; History; Geography (S).

Morgan, Kenneth: English (D); Latin (D); French (O). Additional subject, Greek (S).

Richards, Kenneth Samuel: Latin, French (O); English (S).

Richards, William Robert: Chemistry (D); Botany; Zoology (S).

Thomas Noel: English; Latin; French (O).

 

GIRLS’ COUNTY SCHOOL

Abraham, Beryl Joan: English; History; Geography.

Evans, Ethelon: English; Welsh; Drawing and Painting.

George, Irene: Welsh; Drawing and Painting; History (S).

Jones, Elaine: English; Music; History (S).

Roberts, Eirlys: English; Welsh; Music.

Stonelake, Shirley Christina: English; Latin; French (O).

Thomas, Celia Georgina: English; Latin; French (O).

 

Non-Certificate Candidates

Baigent, Margaret: English literature (S).

Baker, Barbara Rose: English literature (S).

Davies, Beryl Mair: English literature (S).

Llewellyn, Marjorie Brenda: English literature (S).

Phillips, Audrey: English literature (S).

Stonelake, Olive Loretta: English literature (S).
 

The comment in the introduction about a five-year preparation for School Certificate followed 53 years of a four-year preparation that the school provided. A consequence of the four-year preparation was that there were just four Forms leading up to the examination: Form 1, Form 3, Form 4 and Form 5. Form 2 did not exist - boys progressed from Form 1 to Form 3 after one year at the school. There was also a retake Form 5 at various times in the school’s existence.

1949 was a special year when the Welsh Joint Education Committee, WJEC, took over from the Central Welsh Board, CWB. However, the examination structure of previous years was maintained for this year, namely School Certificate, and Higher School Certificate, rather than O and A levels.

School Certificate was taken at the age of 16.
Higher School Certificate was normally taken after two years in the sixth form and was awarded in separate subjects.

Notes

Stuart John

Richard Arnold worked in the library service in Aberdare Central Library. He took a particular interest in the Reference Department and local history, and with Ken Rees he was a co-author of the list of Aberdare hotels, pubs, beer houses, inns and clubs that was published by the CVHS in Old Aberdare Volume 2. He became deputy borough librarian, and when Mr Gwynfryn Davies died, he succeeded him as Borough Librarian. Richard lived in Herbert Street in Foundry Town. He died a relatively young man at the age of 53 in February 1986.

David Bird was a member of the family of Aberdare solicitors. He played for the school Cricket 1st XI for several seasons, and was selected to play for Glamorgan Secondary Schools. He married Menna Davies, sister of Dr Alun C. Davies (ABGS 1948–56). David went on to UCW Aberystwyth.

Raymond Erasmus, son of County Councillor Jim Erasmus, Abernant, became a teacher of French.

John Crowther-Green was the son of Dr H.W. Crowther-Green, Engineer & Surveyor, Aberdare Urban District Council.

A.J.H. Gwilliam was Head Boy and Captain of the school Rugby 1st XV in the years 1950–1951. He went on to UC Cardiff.

David Roger Williams became Head Boy in the years 1951–1952.

Colin Vater became an estate agent.

Brinley T. Hicks became an estate agent.

Cecily Manser married Elfed J. Bowen (ABGS 1938–45). Elfed taught at ABGS and later became Head of Science at Mountain Ash Comprehensive School. Cecily and Elfed lived in Plasdraw Road until very recently.

David Eric Edmunds is a pure mathematician. He is an emeritus Professor at Cardiff University. He has an entry in the Former Pupils section of this website.

Stuart John

Stuart Griffith John was the son of Mr Griffith G. John and Mrs J.E. John of 34 Tanybryn Street. Stuart was a student of French in Aberystwyth (1949–1953; MA 1954–1956), before taking up a post of Administrative Assistant in the Registry (1957–1959) and subsequently as a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in French in the Department of French and Romance Studies from 1959 until his retirement in 1995. A specialist in nineteenth-century French literature, Stuart served as Head of French, and as Dean of the Faculty of Arts; his advice was much in demand on numerous university committees, and he played a major role in the design of the Hugh Owen Building. After his retirement, he was a member of the University Council. He was for many years the Chief Marshal during the university’s annual degree ceremonies. In his retirement Stuart lived in Rhydyfelin, Aberystwyth. He died in Bronglais Hospital in November 2010 aged 79, survived by his wife Jenny, (née White), two sons and a daughter.

Noel Thomas became the last headmaster of the Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School. He has an entry in the Former Pupils section of this website.

Celia Thomas became a primary school teacher, as well as the wife of Noel Thomas.