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Foston Hall Approved School / Detention Centre, Derby, Derbyshire

On 16 July 1948, an Approved School for Senior Boys was certified to operate in premises at the Foston Hall, Foston, near Derby, Derbyshire.

On 12 February 1953, the school's managers gave notice of their intention to resign its certificate.

Foston Hall was subsequently used as a Detention Centre for young offenders, an immigration centre, and then as a satellite of Sudbury Prison prior to its closure in 1996. Following a major refurbishment, it re-opened in 1997 as a women's closed category prison.


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  • None identfied at present — any information welcome.


  • 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)