Longhirst Hall School, Morpeth, near Northumberland
On June 14th, 1948, an Approved School for Junior Boys was formally certified for operation at Longhirst Hall, Longhirst, near Morpeth. The premises accommodated up to 72 boys, aged below their 13th birthday at their date of admission.
In 1973, the School became a Community Home with Education (CHE) under the control of Northumberland County Council.
The Home closed in 1982. The premises were subsequently converted for use as a training and conference centre used by Northumbria University, then became a hotel. In 2016 the building was converted to residential apartments.
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- The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU. Has a few reports and other papers.
- 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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