Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School

Published Examination Results

school building

School Certificate Results, 1946

from Malcolm B. Lloyd

The School Certificate was an examination taken by pupils at the age of about 16. In some ways it was equivalent to the O-level and GCSE examinations that superceded the ‘Certificate’ in 1951 and 1988 respectively. A significant difference from the two following schemes however, was the requirement that a School Certificate was issued only if a set minimum number of subjects was passed, at a certain standard, and from combinations of subjects that were specified by the Central Welsh Board.

There are several pupils in this pass list that feature elsewhere on this website, and others who are known to us: John Battenbo & Gwanwyn Brace - later to become a teachers at the school; Donald Baxter became a teacher in Wenvoe; Aeron Davies a teacher in Brecon; D. Colin Davies - scoutmaster of the school troop; D.E. Edmunds and Alec Smith - to become professors at Sussex and London Universities respectively; D.K. Evans, son of the Coal Merchant Ernest Evans (Michael & Evans, Duke St); Kenneth Franklin became a teacher in London; Peter French became a leading actor in the productions at the ‘Little Theatre’, Gadlys; Leonard James - Cwmaman violinist and tutor at UCW Aberystwyth; Malcolm Lloyd - county champion athlete at school and later to become an international marketing executive, specializing in industrial colour control; Tudor Lewis ran Morgan’s Garage in Gloucester Street; D.R. Owen - clerk in Aberdare’s education office and rugby guru; Noël Thomas - later to become the last headmaster of the Grammar School; Owen Thomas brother of Sadie Thomas, (later Sadie Fussell); Brian Lendon Berry (great grandson of Aberdare’s famous Victorian photographer Joseph Lendon Berry) - later to become a chiropodist/podiatrist, and Senior Lecturer at Paddington College; Colin Lawrence became conductor of Cwmbach Male Voice Choir and Headmaster of Caradog Junior School - he was the son of Councillor William Lawrence and brother of John Lawrence who played in the school cricket team.

Rhiannon Davies, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. D.R. Davies of Llwydcoed, became a reporter on the ‘Aberdare Leader’ ; Margaret Joyce Griffiths married Ronald Cooke and both taught in Bridgend; Mair Jones - we think is the daughter of Rev Glannant Jones, and sister of Gwyn Hughes Jones (ABGS 1956-1963); Louisa Mascherpa was the daughter of Paul Mascherpa, the café owner in Canon Street; Eirlys Roberts became Eirlys Hatton, one time conductor of Ebenezer Choir, Trecynon; Rhiannon Campbell married Prof Brynley F. Roberts (ABCS 1941-48), former Librarian at the National Library of Wales; Dilys Thomas was the daughter of D. Emlyn Thomas, M.P., and sister-in-law of Charlie Morris (ABCS 1927-33), and former Latin master (ABGS 1953-78). Amongst these girls & boys are several who are pictured in the group photographs of the Eindhoven trip.

1946 Newspaper Cutting