Transcript from The Aberdare Leader of August 20, 1960
from Drew Haman
HERE is the provisional list of results in the General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) announced on the week-end.
Capital letters indicate passes at Advanced Level. BLACK capitals indicate a distinction. Small letters indicate a pass at Ordinary Level.
*asterisk indicates a pass with oral proficiency.
David Graham Bevan: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry.
Wynford Bowen: English Literature, History, MUSIC.
Malcolm John Chappell: PURE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS.
David Cummings: Geography, GEOLOGY.
Frederick David Dean: History, GEOGRAPHY, ECONOMICS.
Hywel Thomas Edwards: PURE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS, PHYSICS, GEOLOGY.
Geoffrey Spencer Einon: Mathematics, Physics, GEOLOGY.
John Francis Godding: Mathematics, Mechanics.
John David Griffiths: ENGLISH, LATIN, FRENCH*, SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE.
John Owen Griffiths: Mathematics, Physics.
Drew Haman: GEOGRAPHY, GEOLOGY.
Ian Hargrave: ENGLISH, Latin, HISTORY.
Robert John Harris: PURE MATHEMATICS, APPLIED MATHEMATICS, CHEMISTRY.
Philip David John: GEOGRAPHY, GEOLOGY.
Derek Jones: Scripture Knowledge.
Richard Anthony Kemp: PURE MATHEMATICS, APPLIED MATHEMATICS, PHYSICS.
David Brian Lambert: History, Geography, Economics.
Peter James Leach: ENGLISH, WELSH, HISTORY.
Eric Lewis: PURE MATHEMATICS, APPLIED MATHEMATICS, PHYSICS.
Melvyn Keith Lewis: PURE MATHEMATICS, APPLIED MATHEMATICS, PHYSICS.
David Parry: PURE MATHEMATICS, APPLIED MATHEMATICS, Physics.
William Richard Parry: English Literature, Music.
Michael Dudley Pook: LATIN, FRENCH*, SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE.
Aneurin Powell: HISTORY, ECONOMICS.
Peter Nicholas Price: French, HISTORY, ECONOMICS.
Kenneth Emlyn Reynolds: History, Geography, Economics.
John Grayson Richards: CHEMISTRY, Botany, ZOOLOGY.
John Samuel: PURE MATHEMATICS, APPLIED MATHEMATICS, PHYSICS.
Adriane Servini: PURE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS, PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY.
Terence John Smith: CHEMISTRY, Botany, ZOOLOGY.
Michael David Thomas: PURE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS, PHYSICS, GEOLOGY.
John Howard Williams: PURE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS.
Roger Samuel Williams: PURE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS, PHYSICS, GEOLOGY.
Norma Buxton: Geography, ART.
Beth Davies: CHEMISTRY, BOTANY, ZOOLOGY.
Gillian Escott: ENGLISH, HISTORY.
Rebecca Susan Goldberg: CHEMISTRY, BOTANY, ZOOLOGY.
Sarah Frances Graham: Chemistry, ZOOLOGY.
Ingrid Elizabeth Jones: ENGLISH, LATIN, FRENCH*.
Patricia Dianne Jones: PURE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS, Physics, CHEMISTRY.
Hilary Lewis: ENGLISH. Patricia Lloyd: History.
Shirley Perry: ENGLISH, LATIN, FRENCH*.
Mary Christine Price: PURE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS.
Valerie Margaret Quinn: ENGLISH, FRENCH*.
Kathryn Walters: PURE MATHEMATICS, APPLIED MATHEMATICS, PHYSICS.
Caryl Diane Williams: ENGLISH, LATIN, FRENCH*.
Jean Williams: BOTANY, ZOOLOGY.
William Stanley Addicott: English Literature, SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE, HISTORY.
Donald Royston Bird: PURE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS, Physics, Chemistry.
Kenneth Brackston: PURE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS, PHYSICS, Chemistry.
David Breese: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry.
Norman Brown: SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE, History, ECONOMICS.
Roy Cork: ENGLISH, German, HISTORY.
Heather Davies: ART, Homecraft.
Morfydd Elizabeth Davies: ENGLISH, SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE, HISTORY.
Malcolm Evans: PURE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS, PHYSICS, Chemistry.
Marilyn Yvonne Gallani: ENGLISH, GERMAN*, HISTORY.
Geraint Howell Gregory: PURE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS, PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY.
Donald Griffiths: Woodwork.
Janet Hourahane: ENGLISH, FRENCH*, HISTORY.
David Philip Howells: PURE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS, PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY.
Kenneth Hughes: Biology. Huw Jones: ENGLISH, SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE, GEOGRAPHY.
Jack Jones: GEOGRAPHY, ECONOMICS.
Kenneth James Lillis, WOODWORK.
David Gareth Lloyd: PURE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS, Physics, CHEMISTRY.
Gwyneth Mary Lloyd: ENGLISH, German.
Helen Joyce Manfield: Chemistry, BOTANY, ZOOLOGY.
Heather McEwen: English Literature, SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE, HISTORY.
Michael John Morris: PURE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS, PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY.
David James Neal: PURE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS, PHYSICS.
Brian Stanley Perrett: Mathematics, PHYSICS, Chemistry.
Patricia Noreen Robbins: ENGLISH, LATIN, FRENCH*.
Thomas Wayne Stephens: PURE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS, PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY.
Malcolm Thomas: Mathematics, Physics.
Nell Thompson: GEOGRAPHY, Botany.
Carole Marsden Williams: SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE, HISTORY.
Kenneth Raymond Williams: Botany, Zoology.
Marjorie Gowen: Cookery.
Pauline Gregory: Cookery.
The Certificates: The GCE A level was first taken by sixth-form pupils in Aberdare Grammar Schools when it was introduced in the UK in 1951. The examination replaced the Higher School Certificate. At the same time GCE Ordinary Level replaced The School Certificate.
David Graham Bevan became a school teacher at Park School, Trecynon. He was strongly committed to the organisation of schoolboy football in the Cynon Valley.
Wynford Bowen was both Head Boy, 1960‒61, and Captain of the School Rugby 1st XV for two seasons, 59‒60 and 60‒61. He carried on in rugby, playing for Hirwaun, Ebbw Vale and Swansea.
David Cummings distinguished himself at school when he was chosen for a two-month expedition in Arctic Sweden with The British Schools Exploring Society. David, who came from Godreaman, also played for the school’s Rugby 1st XV in the fullback position.
John Godding was the son of the well-established confectioner and baker Len Godding whose premises were at 27 Canon Street. John was a distinguished cross-country runner at school; he was last heard of as being a retired headmaster in The Midlands.
J.D. Griffiths has an entry in the Former Pupils section of this website. He concluded his career as Director of Education for the County of Gwent.
Drew Haman has an entry in the Former Pupils section of this website. He was a petroleum geologist and spent the whole of his career in Texas, USA.
Robert J. Harris taught for about fifteen years at ABGS and ABCS, leaving in about 1980/81. He left teaching for the motor trade; he now runs a garage in Brecon Rd., Hirwaun. At school, Bob was Head Boy in the academic year 1959‒60.
Richard Kemp had a career in Health Administration.
Peter Leach played scrum half to Wynford Bowen.
Eric Lewis & Melvyn Keith Lewis were both awarded State Scholarships based on their A level results. Eric was from Hirwaun and progressed to Bristol University. After gaining a first class degree in mathematics, he spent many years on the staff at Bristol in the Department of Computing. Melvyn was also from Hirwaun and went to U.C. Swansea after school. There he also gained a 1st then stayed on for his PhD. He taught mathematics at the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at Memorial University in St John’s Newfoundland from 1968 to 1998. He died in October 2018.
Michael Pook has an entry in the Former Pupils section of this website.
Peter Price became a politician and lawyer. He has an entry in the Former Pupils section of this website. He is the grandson of Aberdare’s most famous local historian, W.W. Price.
Grayson Richards had a career in the pharmaceutical industry. He is now retired and living in Switzerland.
John Samuel also has an entry in the Former Pupils section. He became a Chief Executive Officer in a London Borough. He is also well known amongst the London Welsh community.
Adriano Servini is another past student who made his career in the USA. He went to St Louis, Missouri and taught at Washington University there.
Terry Smith spent almost the whole of his career teaching at his old school in the biology department, becoming its Head after D.D. Davies retired. He devoted a great deal of his time at the school coaching and supporting the playing of rugby.
Michael David Thomas came to school from Gelli Tarw Farm near the Vale of Neath railway line. He was one of the eight pupils who went on to U.C. Swansea.
J.H. Williams had a career in administration at a London borough where he became Head of Payroll
Roger S. Williams became a highway engineer in South Wales, and lecturer at the University of Glamorgan. His father, John Eaton Williams, was also a former pupil, and was the Protectionist Councillor at the time of the 1957 Aberdare Town Plan controversy.
Beth Davies was the daughter of Mr & Mrs Wynford Davies of Penderyn. Mr Davies taught at Vaynor and Penderyn Grammar School; Mrs Davies taught Welsh for a short period at ABGS. The family attended Calfaria Chapel, Monk Street.
Gillian Escott is the daughter of the late Caradog Primary School teacher, Percy Escott of Park Grove. Gillian’s brother John was a member of the school’s Rugby XV. He lives in Hereford where he was the head of PE at the Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School for 31 years.
Rebecca Susan Goldberg was the daughter of Ruth & Harry Goldberg who were the proprietors of the popular women’s clothes shop called ‘Jane Cooper’ in Cardiff Street. They subsequently lived in Ty Clyd, Abernant Road. Rebecca’s sister Cynthia Khan has written a book entitled Wild Water Lilies about the upbringing of the two girls at the shop. (Cynthia attended Mountain Ash Grammar School.) Ruth Goldberg was brought up as Ruth Britz in Penrhiwceiber.
Patricia Dianne Jones and Kathryn Walters were frequent visitors to ABGS as they came for their A Level Physics lessons to the Trecynon school. They were taught in their first year by Richard W. Francis and in their second by D.Ll. Jones. Mr Francis left in the summer of 1959 to become Head at Bryn Celynnog Secondary School, Beddau.
Mary Christine Price was the daughter of the Head of Mathematics at ABGS, Mr D.W. Price, M.A.
Finally, an image of the original newspaper article