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Exam Successes

Rushden Echo, 16th June 1905, transcribed by Kay Collins

Gas Manufacture—Mr Arthur Codgbrook has passed first-class in the Honours Grade at the gas manufacture examination, held on April 29th. Great credit is due to Mr Codgbrook who was self-coached.

Rushden Echo, 2nd July 1909, transcribed by Kay Collins

The Degree of Bachelor of Science (first-class) has been obtained at Birmingham University by Mr. Francis Samuel Pitt, son of the M.R. station master at Rushden. Mr. Pitt, B.Sc., who is 21 years of age, gained a County Council scholarship at the Newton-road school and proceeded to Wellingborough Grammar School, where he remained four years. Then he went to the Birmingham University for three years. He will follow the teaching profession.

Rushden Echo, 10th September 1909, transcribed by Peter Brown

Mr. Fred Darnell, son of Mr and Mrs W. H. Darnell, of Church Street Rushden, has been appointed Quarter-master of the S S Campania, a Cunard liner, Liverpool to New York. Mr Darnell has been staying in Rushden since he left the Navy, and he journeyed to Liverpool on Monday to join his ship.

Mr. Harry Darnell, another son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Darnell, left Rushden on Tuesday for Borough Road Training College, London where he will prepare for the scholastic profession. Mr. H. Darnell, who is only 18 years of age matriculated at the London University early during the present year; afterwards he passed the Preliminary Certificate examination with distinction in French, history, mathematics and science; and since then he has passed the Oxford Senior Local Examination – a creditable record.

Rushden Echo, 1st January 1915, transcribed by Kay Collins

Mr Wilfred E Capon, secretary of Messrs John Cave and Sons Ltd., Rushden, has passed the Intermediate examination of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries.

Rushden Echo, 29th January 1915, transcribed by Kay Collins

Cambridge Local Examinations - Local Successes – Wellingborough Grammar School’s Record
Below are the local candidates who were successful at the Cambridge Local Examinations. Wellingborough School has an extraordinary number of successful pupils to its credit, exceeding any other school in the country.

Boys – Seniors

Class I: Higham Ferrers, distinctions in religious knowledge, English, mathematics, chemistry.
Pass List: H Coggins, Raunds, spoken French, A D Denton, Rushden, spoken French.


Class I: C M George, Rushden, arithmetic and mathematics: J O’Connor, Rushden, spoken French.
Class II: A W Thompson, Chelveston, German, French, and spoken French, Wellingborough School.
Class III: W T Lack, Rushden, spoken French.
Pass List: T C P Hedley, Rushden, spoken French.

Preliminary Examination

Class I: F W Litchfield, Rushden, French, geometry, and algebra.
Class III: J C Skillet, Irthlingborough, spoken French.
Pass List: J W Claridge, Rushden, J E Curtis, Rushden.

Students between 14 and 16 years who satisfied the examiners: S H Robinson, R T Saint, F B Sharwood, G W Spicer, Rushden, spoken French.

All of the Wellingborough Grammar School.

Cecil GeorgeRushden Echo, 5th January 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Rushden Scholar’s Success – Civil Service Examination
Mr Cecil George, who recently, as a student at Wellingborough School, headed all England in the Oxford Senior Local Examinations in arithmetic, has now been successful in passing the Civil Service Examination, and he will shortly take up an appointment under Government.

There were about 800 candidates for the examination, and Mr George secured the 81st place.

He is the son of Mr and Mrs Josiah George, of Pightles-terrace, Rushden.

Rushden Echo, 2nd February 1917, transcribed by Kay Collins

Pte. Cyril A. G. Slater, of the Army Ordnance Corps, son of Mr. R. G. Slater, of Pratt-road, Rushden, has received a first-class certificate in accounting from the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers, and Commerce, London, having successfully passed the society’s commercial examinations, advanced stage.

Rushden Echo, 2nd August 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

The B.Sc.Miss Phyllis Harris, Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Harris, of Newton-road, Rushden, has passed first class in the B.Sc. examination at Liverpool University. Miss Harris, B.Sc., has accepted an appointment as Science Mistress at East Dereham.

Rushden Echo, 19th December 1919, transcribed by Kay Collins

Miss Doreen Putnam has passed the Senior Examination of Trinity College of Music with very high marks.

Rushden Echo, 21st January 1921, transcribed by Kay Collins

MISS ADA MANTLE, a pupil at the High School, Wellingborough, daughter of Mr. Arthur Mantle, school attendance officer, of Rushden, has passed the Oxford Senior Local Examination, held in December.

Rushden Echo, 21st January 1921, transcribed by Kay Collins

Mr. Frank Litchfield, of 8, Gordon-street, Rushden, was successful in passing the Intermediate Examination of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries, for which he sat in December last.

Rushden Echo and Argus Friday 30th June 1922, transcribed by Susan Manton

Appointment – Our congratulations to Mr. Wilfred T. Lack of Brookfield Road, Rushden, who has been appointed Science Master of the Grammar School at Great Yarmouth. Mr. Lack commences his duties on September 23rd after the vacation. Since he gained his degree (with honours) Mr. Lack has been made an Associate of King’s College, London, where he received the later part of his education.

The Rushden Argus, 3rd August 1928, transcribed by Kay Collins

SuccessMr Sidney Hawkes, of Church-street, has successfully passed the intermediate examination of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries (London).

Rushden Echo, 16th January 1931, transcribed by Kay Collins

Mr Allen Ladds, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. Ladds, of Moor-road, Rushden, has been successful in passing the final examinations of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Miss Peggy WebbRushden Echo, 17th July 1931, transcribed by Kay Collins

Miss Peggy Webb (right), a student at the Misses Robinson and Pryor's Dancing Studio, Rushden, has been successful in passing the Elementary Examination of the Association of Operatic Dancing of Great Britain.

Rushden Echo & Argus, 4th August 1933, transcribed by Kay Collins

Elocution Successes—At the recent examinations of the Guildhall School the following passed successfully: Final Grade, May Chamberlain, Vera Craxford; Intermediate Grade, Dorothy Mobbs (merit), Connie Blackwell (merit). Pupils of Miss Hylda Gates, L.G.S.M.

Northamptonshire Advertiser, 4th September 1964

The son of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Hawkes, of "Rosemount", Irchester Road, Rushden, Roy S. Hawkes has been awarded a BSc with second class honours in electronics at London University.

Rushden Echo, 2nd April 1965, transcribed by Kay Collins

Silver MedalSeventeen-year-old Anthony Higgins, 6 Denton Close, Rushden, has obtained a silver medal for acting and a bronze for peaking verse and prose, both with honours, at the Birmingham School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art.

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