Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School

Published Examination Results

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CWB Examination Results, 1902

Aberdare County School.

Results of the Annual Examination of the above school conducted by the Central Welsh Board:—

Honours Certificate

Eleanor Mary John, Maud Manuel, and David Ph. Roberts

Senior Certificates

Harry Arnold, Arthur R. Davies, Emily Griffiths, Gomer Griffiths, Herbert Griffiths, Arthur Howell, David E. Jones, Gaynor R. Jones, Thomas Daniel Jones, David Henry Parry, Bessie Williams and Edwin J. Williams.

Junior Certificate

Ivor Bryant, Stuart Cameron, Thomas Davies, Blodwen Edwards, Florrie Evana [sic], Sarah Mary George, Myfanwy Harris, Lewis Jacobs, May John, Archie Jones, Elizabeth Jones, Ethel Gwen Jones, Jonathan Jones, Kate Jones, Lizzie Jones, Maggie A. Jones, Maggie May Jones, Olwen Jones, Thomas David Jones, Thomas George Jones, Thomas John Lewis, Pollie Mills, David Morgan, Thomas H. Morgans, W. Coslett Morris, Maggie May Rees, Sidney C. Rees, Thomas Rees, David Roderick, Henry Roderick, May Shipton, May Williams and Thomas John Williams.


Eleanor Mary John’s Honours Certificate was awarded for English Composition (Distinction), English Language (Distinction), Latin (Distinction), and French (Distinction, and conversational power). Eleanor was from 2 Margaret Street, Trecynon.
Lilian, Eleanor and Gwladys John were three sisters and were the daughters of Richard John, a stonemason originally from St David’s in Pembrokeshire, and his wife Margaret from Portsmouth. The fourth child of the family was a son, Richard, and he too attended the school a few years later. Lilian John has an article in the December 1905 edition of The Aberdarian, which can be seen in the Aberdarian section of this website. Eleanor was awarded a First Class degree in Latin in 1905.

Maud Manuel’s Honours Certificate was awarded for English Composition (Distinction), English Language (Distinction), and French (Distinction, and conversational power). Maud was from Brynhyfryd Villa, Mountain Ash, daughter of Revd Thomas Manuel a Wesleyan Minister.

David Phillips Roberts’ Honours Certificate was awarded for English Composition (Distinction), Latin, and French (Distinction, and conversational power). David was from Cardiff Road, Aberaman, the son of a schoolteacher William Theodore Roberts.


The Aberdare Leader followed up later in the month on September 27th with the following news item:
County School Pupil’s Success. The Gold Medal given annually by the Chief Inspector of the Central Welsh Board, Mr. Owen Owen, M.A., to the pupil who obtains the highest distinction in the examination of the 95 County Schools of Wales has this year been awarded to Miss Eleanor May John, of the Aberdare County School. This success is all the more noticeable because Miss John is not yet 17 years of age, and pupils are allowed to remain in most Welsh County Schools until the age of 19 (in some, amongst them Meirionethshire, there is no age limit). Miss John entered the school five years ago with a County Scholarship from the Park Board School, the old Ysgol Comin. She will now proceed to the University College of North Wales, Bangor, availing herself of an Open Scholarship which she won at that institution last year but which she was too young to take at the time.”