Gowertonians

The Gowerton County Intermediate School at Talbot Street, Gowerton was opened on Saturday 5th March 1898. The opening ceremony was performed by Reverend Aaron Davies Chairman of the County Governing body, and of the Technical Committee of the Glamorgan County Council. The first head teacher was Mr William Edwards.

Pupil population changes were dramatic in the early part of the century and it was agreed to create a new Girls School. In 1937 Mr D.E (Boss) Williams conducted his last assembly in the Talbot Street School. Miss Huldah Bassett was appointed the first Headmistress of the Girls’ County School at Cecil Road Gowerton.


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In September 1937 Dr T.J.James took over from Boss Williams as head of the Boys Grammar School. Dr James retired in July 1967 after 30 years of service.

Mr John Morse a graduate of the University of Wales became a caretaker head before the instalment of Mr A.B. Daniel M.A., as headmaster in September 1969.

In 1966 Miss Bassett retired to be replaced by Mr Emlyn Thomas at the Girls Grammar School.

In 1972-73 the Boys and Girls Grammar Schools amalgamated to form The Gowerton Comprehensive School.

After the retirement of Mr A.B.Daniel in 1990 the existing school has been led by Mr Paul Green, B.A., M.Ed. Mr Paul Green retired in December 2006 and has been replaced by Mr Peter Harrison B. Ed. (Hons), M.A. (Ed.).


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Surname Forename Citation
Alexander Mark Author
Anderson John Prof of the Oboe at Royal College of Music
Austin Glanrhyd Choirmaster/Organist Penclawdd
Bayes Alan (Rev) B.Sc Chaplain of Durham University
Bennett Gilbert Sports commentator (BBC)
Bevan Cecil Principal of U.C Wales  Cardiff
Bevan John (Dr) Eminent scientist British Steel
Beynon Eddie Wales Rugby
Beynon Granville (Sir) F.R.S Prof of Physics at Aberystwyth
Borthwick Ann Outstanding Contribution to The Church
Bowen Bill BeynoRugby Coach at Gowerton Boys’ Grammar School
Bowen Hywel Assistant Chief Executive TEC (Wales)
Brace John Director of Education
Brace Onllwyn Oxford University, Llanelli, Wales. Rugby
Brenton Gareth Prof. of Mass Spectrometry, Institute of Mass Spectrometry, School of Medicine, Swansea University
Carey Stewart Cricket  Wales
Coulson Ron Police Superintendent
Crowther Diane Barrister at Grays Inn London
Clarke Jennifer (Evans) Contribution to Welsh Culture
Dark Jim Welsh Youth Secretary
Davies Alun Talfa (Sir) Q.C
Davies Byron Former Detective Chief Inspector, National Crime Squad, New Scotland Yard. Welsh Assembly Member
Davies Clifford J O.B.E  Head of N.C.B
Davies Donald S Prof. of Biochemical Pharmacology
Davies Hanlyn Prof. of Art at University of Massachusetts
Davies Islwyn Pres. of Welsh Baptist Union
Davies Ivor MP for Gower 1959-1982
Davies John Inspector, South Wales Police
Davies Morien Chair of Gower Rural D. Council
Davies Noel Conductor  of  Pontarddulais  Male  Choir
Davies P Glyn 1st Gowerton Grad at Oxford, Headmaster Builth Wells Grammar School
Davies Willie Rugby for Swansea and Wales
Davies Wyn Music
Davies Wynne Senior Lecturer at Goldsmith’s College
Davies Huw Iranca MP for Ogmore
Davies Hywel Member of the Gorsedd
Dennis Gordon Mayor of Lliw Valley
Downes Malcolm Orthopaedic Surgeon
Edwards Tracy Round the World Yachtswoman
Ellis Anne Hockey for Wales and Great Britain
Ellis Rae Hockey Wales
Evans Eileen Mayoress of  Lliw  Valley  Borough
Evans Glyn Grovesend  HMI
Evans Ieuan Rugby President, British Columbia
Evans Hermas Principal of Gorseinon College
Evans Robert Wales Cricket
Fisher Alan Welsh Badminton Championl
Forbes Andrew Artist and Singer
Francis Gwyn The School’s first Rugby international – Wales
Fuge Dianne Professional Singer
Gale Norman Swansea, Llanelli, Wales Rugby
Grenfell Bryan Prof  Zoology  Cambridge
Griffiths Clive Llanelli and Wales Rugby
Griffiths Clive Llanelli, Wales Rugby Coach
Griffiths Hywel Athletics for Wales
Grove Denys Chief Executive, North Wales Water Board
Grove J Curtis Head of Olchfa  School  Swansea
Guy John Head of Swansea Comp School
Guy Lynne Sen Bio-Medical Scientist at Swansea
Gwyn Menna (Williams) Welsh Broadcaster
Hallett William J Royal Opera House
Hadfield Stephen Virology Specialist
Harding Rowe Oxford Rugby Blue, Wales Rugby : Judge
Hart Edwina MBE. AM. Welsh Assembly Government Minister for Business Enterprise, Technology and Science
Hedges Roland Completed London & New York marathons
Higginson Wing Com DFC Battle of Britain Hero and OBE for services Industry
Hoddinott Alun Cardiff U.C, Prof of Music, renowned Composer
Hollindale Tom Rugby for Wales
Howells Gwyn Head of Penyrheol Comprehensive School
Hughes D. Townsley Royal Order of Heraldry
James Colin Harley Street Surgeon
James Ian University College Medical School, London
James Leyton Football for Wales Club Manager
James William Robert Prof. of Agricultural Economics and Dean of Faculty, University of New England, Armidale, Australia.
Jenkins Denys Denny Twp comedian
Jenkins Karl Music Composer
Jenkins Leighton Bowls, Wales
Jenkins Gwylim Meirion Prof of Systems Eng. Lancaster University
John Lucy Optometrist
Johnson Dillwyn Swansea and Wales Rugby
Jones Bleddyn Professor of Clinical Radiation Biology at University of Oxford
Jones C Harris Chair of Llwchwr U.D Council
Jones Eric Head of Ysgol Gyfun Bro Myrddin. Accompanist to Côr Meibion Pontarddulais & President
Jones Lewis Rugby  Union, Llanelli Wales Lions, Rugby League Leeds Great  Britain
Jones Tim Man Director Rolls Royce India
Karabarak Paul Beijing Paralympics 2008, (Table Tennis)
Lawlor Peter Cricket  Wales
Lewis D Byron Lord Lieutenant of West Glamorgan
Lewis Gordon RAF Wing Commander
Lewis Lynne Chairman English Schools Rugby Union – 18s & Under
Lewis Robert Tennis for Wales
Lewis Vincent Mayor of Llanelli
Leyshon Ronald Superintendent, South Wales Police
Libby Harry Mayor of Swansea
Lloyd Marian Mayoress of Lliw Valley  Borough
Lloyd Ron Installed as a Canon of the Church in Wales
Lloyd Tom Mayor of  Lliw Valley Borough
Lloyd Wynne Chief H.M.I. Wales
Lovell Stephen Football for Wales
Maddock Ieuan (Sir) Scientist  —  Atomic  Energy researches
Maddox John (Sir) Scientist, “Editor of Nature”
Manning George (Sir) Mayor of  Christchurch N.Z
Marriott Prof. Neil Head of Winchester Business School
Mason Matthew International Cricket for Wales
Matthews Moranda(Morgan) BEng(Hons), MSc, CEng, MIMechE. Technical Designer.
Miles John County Councillor
Miles Ieuan Director of Central Probation Council
Morgan Howard Lord Mayor of Swansea
Morgan Oliver Mines Manager
Morgan Rod Super of Police, Bridgend
Morgan Talmai Dir of Financial Services Channel  Is
Murfin David (Dr) F.R.C.P
Nicholas Keri Horticulturalist
Ogilvie Stan Higher Exec Officer Board of Trade
Olsen Philip Business Mgt Consultant Australia
O’Neill Andrew Musician. Welsh Language Advisor to the Pope
O’Neill Dennis Operatic Soloist
O`Neill Doreen Professional Singer & Manager
O’Neill Patricia Operatic Soloist
Owen Geraint TV Actor
Owen John Wynne CMG MBE, Governor of the Cayman Islands
Peet Penny Hockey Wales
Phillips Christian Composer, singer, instrumentalist. Musical Director for TV, Radio and Theatre. BAFTA Award 2009
Phipps Allan Society of Radiological Protection
Pinder Brian Vice Admiral, R.N.
Porter Alex Welsh Boys Golf Champion 1962
Price Winston Chief Superintendent of Police
Read Mervyn Author, Poet, Song Writer, Inventor
Rees Jonathan MB ChB MRCS(England) MRCS(Scotland) PhD.Cantab. Specialist Registrar in Surgery for Bristol and the West
Rees Margaret Telynores  Llwchwr
Rees Richard Chief Engineer on SS “Oriana”
Richards Ceri CBE, Artist, Native of Dunvant
Robinson Derek Founder Member of Fijian Rugby Union and Sports Pundit
Roberts Gareth Wales International (Rugby)
Russell A  Denver Prof of Microbiology, F.R.C Pharmacy, F.R.C Pathology  F. American Academy Microbiology
Price Winston Chief Super  Police Commander at Swansea
Sanger Ernest Chief Super of Police, Commander at Swansea
Shepherd Ifan Prof of GeoBusiness Middlesex University
Shepherd Thos H Surgeon Captain R N
Shepherd Don Glamorgan County Cricketer
Small Gareth Music/Halle Orchestra
Small Tony Music Honorary Masters (University of Wales)
Smith Margaret Lord Mayor of Swansea
Sparkes John Television comedy
Stead Peter Historian
Stone Peter Llanelli and Royal Navy
Tanner Haydn Rugby for Swansea and Wales
Taylor Bleddyn Swansea/ Wales Rugby
Thomas David Managing Director for Volvo (Russia)
Thomas David Gorseinon  HMI
Thomas David London Philharmonic
Thomas Elfed (Dr) Director of Education, Caernarvonshire, Swansea & Leicester. Vice President of University Council 1976-84.
Thomas Gareth Artist
Thomas Gwyn Football for Wales
Thomas Ian Cricket for Wales
Thomas Mark Renowned Composer of  Music
Thomas Meurig Wynn Prof, Havard and Director of Centre of Research into English Literature and Language of Wales
Thomas Myfanwy Pontarddulais, Hockey Wales
Thomas Paul Queen’s Counsel
Thomas Roland Professor of Statistics, Ottawa, Canada
Vaughan John Rugby Development Post in E.R.U
Walters Arwyn Conductor Dunvant Male  Choir
Walters Derrick Dean of Liverpool 1983-1999
Walters Gwynne International Rugby referee
Waterman-Pearson Avril

(Jones)

Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol
Weatherly David Swansea and Wales Rugby
White Angharad HMI
Whitehouse Nigel Inspector of Police. International Rugby Referee
Williams Andy Bath, Ospreys and Wales. Rugby
Williams Malcolm Professor Emeritus, Otolaryngology, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Williams Ieuan Prof. of Welsh, Swansea
Williams Julian Suprintendent, South Wales Police (Swansea)
Williams Linda Hockey Wales
Wilmot Dorothy(Thomas) MBE, Services to Education
Wooley Richard Designer for Land Rover

 

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