Transcript from The Aberdare Leader, July 1, 1933.
Scholarship Results, 1933
This is the school entrance examination list for 1933 transcribed from The Aberdare Leader. The names are in rank order of marks obtained in the examination; the maximum mark was 300. The school took in two Forms of about 30 pupils each, so approximately the first sixty boys would have been offered a place at the school.
This list probably does not tell us exactly who started at the County School that year. Account should be taken of the reluctance of a small number of parents to allow their sons to move up to the County School, as fees would be payable — unless a full fee exemption was applicable. Also, some families would prefer their sons to enter employment so that an additional wage for the home was acquired. Added to which some families moved away over the summer, or in rare cases a boy might wish to join a sibling at a Secondary Modern School. There would also be a small number of transfers to the school from other districts.
Consequently, this results page provides a good, but not definitive, list of the boys entering the school in September 1933.
One anomaly in the list is the absence of the Town Church School. On
examination of the complete list, this school does not appear until David J. Forey with
177 marks, followed by seven others from that school further down the list, which extends
to 150 marks. A similar pattern occurs in the girls’ list, but with an earlier
first occurrence, with Evelyn E. Phillips at 202 marks. It is difficult to find a reason
for this; either the school had a poor year, or perhaps the Church put more emphasis
in getting children passing after one year at the Mardy (Church) Secondary School.