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Hereward School for Boys, Bourne, Lincolnshire

On May 30th, 1940, a former Ministry of Labour camp at West Road, Bourne, was certified for use as an Approved School for Boys. The establishment, known as the Hereward School, accommodated up to 120 boys who were given training in gardening and woodwork.

The School's certificate was withdrawn on January 31st, 1951.

Several of the School's accommodation huts still survive, now converted to private residential use.

Former Hereward School for Boys, Bourne, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham


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  • 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)