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Jordan's Brook House, Barnwood, Gloucester, Gloucestershire

In 1969, Jordan's Brook House, at Barnwood Road, Barnwood, on the outskirts of Gloucester, became an Approved School for Girls, replacing the Bowden Hall Approved School at Upton St Leonards. The new premises were formally certified for operation on November 8th, 1969.

In 1973, the School became a Community Home with Education (CHE), remaining under the control of Gloucestershire County Council.

The School closed on March 31st, 1981. It later achieved notoriety when it emerged that girls at the School had been groomed and abused by serial killers and Fred and Rose West. Services for children with disabilities are now based at the site.

Former Jordan's Brook House Approved School.


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