Mobberley Boys' School, Knutsford, Cheshire
Mobberley Boys' School was opened in December, 1936, as an Approved School for Intermediate Boys. The School occupied premises at Faulkner's Lane, Knolls Green, near Knutsford, and could accommodate 120 boys who were aged between their 13th and 15th birthdays at their date of admission. The training provided at the School included cabinet-making and gardening.
In 1973, the School became a Community Home with Education (CHE) under the control of Manchester Council. It closed in 1986.
The site is now occupied by a health spa and residential care home.
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- Manchester Archives, Manchester Cemtral Library, St Peter's Square, City Centre, Manchester M2 5PD. Holdings (1937-86) include: Admission and Discharge Registers; Log books; Staff registers; and other records.
- 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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