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Langham Oaks / Homestead School, Colchester, Essex

On 7th May, 1943, the Langham Oaks School was formally certified to operate as an Approved School for Boys in premises at School Road, Langham, Colchester. The School was run by the Society of Friends, or Quakers. It occupied what had previously been a private house and could accommodate 65 boys under 13 years of age.

The School was closed on 31 March, 1956. On 28 May, Essex County Council reopened the establishment, now known as Homestead School, for up to 40 socially maladjusted boys' aged from 11 to 16 years. The School was closed in 2008 following a critical OFSTED report. Following refurbishment of the buildings, the school has since re-opened, again catering for children with special educational needs.

Former Langham Oaks School.


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  • Langham Oaks School. An Approved School Managed by the Society of Friends, September 1943 to March 1956. (1956, Society of Friends)
  • 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)