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Cowbridge Girls Intermediate/Secondary/High school records

Reference code(s): GB 0214 D854

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: Cowbridge Girls Intermediate/Secondary/High school records

Short Title: Cowbridge Girls Intermediate/Secondary/High school records

Creation date(s): 1896-1974

Level of description: Fonds


Name of creator(s): Cowbridge Girls Intermediate/Secondary/High school


Administrative/Biographical history: Cowbridge Intermediate School for Girls opened 3 November 1896 under the provisions of the Welsh Intermediate Education Act 1889. The need for appropriate education for girls had been recognised by John Bevan of Cowbridge in 1888 and although his scheme was cut short by the Act, he provided the hostel which accommodated twelve girls, undertook the cost of laying out the grounds, gave £10 towards the formation of the school library and £50 towards the expenses of poor scholars from the outlying district of Llantwit Major. Numbers on the school roll rose from 40 in 1896 to 70 in 1906 and a laboratory, gymnasium and classrooms were added in 1908. In 1912, Cowbridge lost its intermediate status when Mountain Ash acquired its own school as Glamorgan Education Authority had already reached its maximum level of 13 intermediate schools. The school became officially known as Cowbridge Secondary School but unofficially was known as a 'high school', a status recognised by the Education Authority in 1950. The school retained its boarders down to 1939 and school numbers rose to 150 in 1918 and 240 in 1956, necessitating additional accomodation in 1955-1957. Futher development on the old site largely ceased after that period owing to loss of land for the Cowbridge by-pass leading to the phased construction of a new school on an adjoining site in the 1960s. In the 1970s


Scope and content/abstract: Cowbridge Girls Intermediate/Secondary school records comprising of minute books, 1896-1950; letter books and files, 1896-1939; cash book, 1896-1899; registers (various), 1900-1947; correspondence relating to endowment, 1892-1893;architects notes on proposed school and hostel, 1895; programmes, 1903-1983 (with gaps); Cowbridge High School For Girls magazine, 1953-1971; scrapbooks, 1950-1956; photographs, 1900-1971; presentation key, 1909; examination results and pass lists 1926-1978 (with gaps); description of design of school 1895; school certificate of Gwen Joan Thomas 1899; newspaper cuttings; Old Girls School Dinner Menu c.1965, presentation key, 1909


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Cowbridge Girls Intermediate/Secondary school records arranged chronologically by record series

Conditions governing access: Items containing information on named Individuals may be restricted in accordance with the Data Protection Act and Record Office policy

Conditions governing reproduction: Normal Glamorgan Record conditions apply

Finding aids: Handlist available at the Glamorgan Record Office


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records offered have been accepted and listed

Accruals: Accruals are possible

Archival history: Deposited by school secretary, Cowbridge High School, 1975

Immediate source of acquisition: South Glamorgan Education


Related material: See also ECOWX2 (Cowbridge Girls High School Cowbridge By-pass papers); DNMW27 (Cowbrdge County Intermediate school for girls prospectus); DX238/14 (Cowbridge Girls School song sheet)


Archivist's note: Compiled by Annabel Wickham for the ANW Project; Sources used: Glamorgan Record Office finding aids

Rules or conventions: Archives Network Wales guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition; AACR2 and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: August 2012


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