Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School
11+ Results, 1953
This list includes pupils who were destined to enter Aberdare Girls’ County Grammar School, Aberdare Boys’ County Grammar School or Mountain Ash County Grammar School. Those marked with an asterisk * are thought to be the boys who entered ABGS. In addition to these pupils each school admitted a small number of other pupils from primary schools outside Aberdare, and another small group transferring from local Secondary Modern Schools.
OVER 200 candidates will be offered places in the Grammar Schools in Aberdare and Mountain Ash Division on the result of the Glamorgan entrance examination.
They were (in alphabetical order):
Haydn Abraham, David E. Adams*, Jane Adams, William S. Addicott, Frances A. Anthony, Brian Averard.
Jeffrey F. Baker*, Alfred Barnard*, Roger Bethell, Hilary A. Bevan, Ann Beynon, Robert E.G. Blacker, Gillian Bowen, Wynford Bowen*, Howard Bushen*, Kenneth Brackstone, Valerie Britten, David Breese, Alun C. Butler*, Michael Burke, Allan S. Baxter*, Philip M. Biddle, Graham J. Brown.
John R. Carr*, Gloria J. Camburn, Marlene Casey, Angela Collins, Marian E. Cook, David Cummings*, Carol Cumner.
Alun R. Davies*, Anne Davies, Beth Davies, Elinor Davies, Clive G. Davies*, Heather Davies, Hywel R. Davies*, Ivan K. Davies*, Margaret M. Davies, Moira Davies, Morfydd E. Davies, Valerie Davies, Vivian J. Davies*, Fredk. D. Dean*, Hilary L. Dennis, Alan L. Dobb*, David G. Dore*.
Beryl M. Edwards, Hywel T. Edwards*, Kenneth J. Edwards, Patricia Edwards, Geoffrey S. Einon*, Lesley J. Emery, Gillian Escott, Barbara A. Evans, Gareth D.E. Evans*, Malcolm Evans, Robert M. Evans*, Sidney C. Evans.
Gwyneth M.E.A. Ford, Winifred Forey, Auria M. Frost.
Patricia Gaen-Thomas, James A.H. Gair, John F. Godding*, Norman E. Gould*, Donald Griffiths, Edward B. Griffiths, Elsie D. Griffiths, John D. Griffiths*, Rebecca S. Goldberg, William J.A. Gough, Gwyneth Gates, Geraint H. Gregory.
James B. Hall, Ian Hargrave*, Lynda Harrhy, Clive A. Havard*, Ronald Hawkins, Meryl Heggre, John L. Hek*, David P. Hicks, Joan Hopkins, Christine J. Hole, Janet Hourahane, Jeanette Howell, Gwynfor Howells*, Trevor A. Hughes*, Ann Harwood, Lynda E. Hammond.
Gwynfaryn James, Robert A. James, Barbara Jenkins, Anthony D. Jones*, Colin Jones*, David Jones, Eira Jones, Geraint Jones, Ingrid E. Jones, Huw Jones, James Jones, Janice Jones, Kenneth R. Jones, Marlene Jones, Martin Jones*, Robert A. Jones, Tilsen J. Jones, Patricia D. Jones-Williams.
Richard A. Kemp*.
Peter J. Leach*, Graham Lewis, Granville M. Lewis, Hilary Lewis, Janet Lewis, Melvyn K. Lewis*, David G. Lloyd, Gillian Lloyd, Gwyneth M. Lloyd, Patricia Lloyd, Rowena Lloyd, Jeffrey D. Lloyd*, Maureen A. Lloyd, Jeanette Logan.
Joyce A. Malsey, Jean C. McCauliffe, Heather McEwan, Clive A.D. Michael*, Jacqueline Miles, Selwyn Miles, Graham D. Mills, Clive J. Mordecai*, Ann Morgan, David E. Morgan*, Pam Morgan, Rhidian G. Morgan*, June Morris, Keith Morris*, Michael J. Morris, Beryl Moses, David R. Mosley*.
David J. Neal.
Leslie D. Ockleston, Keith Olden, Gillian Owen, Margaret A. Owen.
Michael C.B. Parfitt, Elizabeth M. Parker, David Parry*, William R. Parry*, Kenneth Parslow*, John N.A. Paterson, John E. Pemberton, Shirley Perry, Brian S. Perrett, Haulwen D. Phillips, Ian J. Phillips*, Raymond Phillips, Sandra Phillips, Mair E. Powell, Michael D. Pook*, Lyndon Price, Robert A. Price*, William J. Price, Anne E. Protheroe, Joan Powell, John Pugh*.
Dennis N.C. Ramsell*, Brian Rees*, Margaret M. Reseigh, David Richards, John F. Richards, Marian Richards, Joseph A.D.E. Rivers*, Raymond T. Rivers, Patricia N. Robbins, Margaret E.M. Roach, Veronica Rogers.
Alan B. Sage*, Winston Samuel, Adriano Servini*, William G. Seward*, Terence J. Smith*, Thomas W. Stephens, Magdalene Sweet, Meryl K. Sylvester.
Alun Thomas, Betty Thomas, Christine Thomas, Donald E. Thomas*, Glyn D. Thomas, Margt. E. Thomas, Kathleen F. Thomas, Michael D. Thomas*, Muriel E. Thomas, Ronald A. Thomas, Thomas J. Thomas*, Neil Thompson.
Kenneth Walton*, David E. Warlow*, Constance Weeks, John G.A. Wilkerson*, Ann Williams, David H. Williams, Emlyn G. Williams, Fay Williams, Peter G. Williams, Jean Williams, Marie F. Williams, Veronica D. Williams.
Michael B. Young.
* denotes candidates who are believed to have progressed to ABGS.
- Allan Baxter left in 1960 for Cardiff School of Art
- Wynford Bowen became Head Prefect, 1960–61 and Rugby 1st XV captain 1959–60–61.
- David Cummings, (Godreaman), was good at sport and can be seen in several team photographs. He was Deputy Head Prefect and in the sixth form he was selected by the British Schools’ Exploration Society to join their expedition to Arctic Sweden.
- Ivan K.Davies taught Art at AGGS and later became an advisor with the local education authority.
- Winnie Forey from Abernant ran a delicatessen stall in Aberdare market.
- John Godding was the son of the baker with a bakery in Weatherall Street and a shop at 27 Canon Street. John was noted for his outstanding achievements in the School Cross-Country Team.
- John D. Griffiths has an entry in the Former Pupil section of this website.
- Rebecca S. Goldberg was a daughter of Harry & Ruth Goldberg who were the proprietors of ‘Jane Cooper’ women’s fashion shop in Cardiff Street.
- Gwynfor Howells was the son of the Woodwork master, Gwilym Rhys Howells, who succeeded David Arthur Lewis, (Dai Wooder). Gwilym Howells died suddenly in 1959 after just three years in his post. The family lived in Bwllfa Road, Cwmdare. Mr Howells was in his mid-forties when he died.
- Richard Kemp worked in the health service in East Sussex.
- Peter Leach can be seen in both rugby 1st XV and cricket 1st XI team photographs.
- Melvyn K. Lewis gained a State Scholarship in 1960. He was for many years Professor of Mathematics at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He died in 2018 aged 76.
- Jeff Lloyd, (Cwmdare), became a police officer and lay preacher. He had a full-time hobby building and re-building pipe organs. His father, Joe Lloyd was the caretaker of Cwmdare School.
- David Parry worked for the Steel Company of Wales at Margam.
- Michael Pook has an entry in the Former Pupil section of this website.
- Robert Price from Abernant and became a policeman.
- The father of the Rivers boys was the manager of F.W. Woolworth in Commercial Street.
- Adriano Servini was the eldest of the three Servini brothers at the school in the 1960s. He now lives in St Louis, USA.
- Terry Smith returned to the school to teach biology, and was a very successful rugby coach at the school.
- Michael D Thomas lived at Gelli Tarw farm , Llwydcoed.
- In 1963 Suzanne Vivian, (of Abernant), married Lynden Jones (of Bond St. and ABGS 1951–59). The couple emigrated to Australia. Lyn has enjoyed a very prominent career in the world of weight lifting. He has been coach of the Australian team, and held positions in the IWF since 1984. He was President of the Oceania Weightlifting Federation and IWF Executive Board Member.
- Many of these ABGS boys can be seen in the 1957 panoramic school photograph.