St Laurence's School, Frant, Sussex
On September 14th, 1942, St Laurence's School, a Approved School for Roman Catholic Senior Girls was certified to operate at Frant Court, a Victorian manor house on Frant Green Road, Frant. The establishment, run by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart, could accommodate up to 36 girls aged between their 15th and 17th birthdays at their date of admission. The girls were given domestic and commercial training, and also instruction in gardening.
In 1973, the School became a Community Home with Education (CHE).
The property has now been converted to private residential use.
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- The Sisters of The Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Chigwell Convent, 803 Chigwell Road, Woodford Bridge, Essex IG8 8AU.
- The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU. Has a few reports and other documents.
- Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain s Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
- Hyland,Jim Yesterday's Answers: Yesterday's Answers: Development and Decline of Schools for Young Offenders (1993, Whiting and Birch)
- Millham, S, Bullock, R, and Cherrett, P After Grace — Teeth: a comparative study of the residential experience of boys in Approved Schools (1975, Chaucer Publishing)
- The Therapeutic Care Journal — has a number of articles relating to Approved Schools.
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