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Ellerslie Hall School, Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire

On June 16th, 1942, the Ellerslie Hall Approved School for Senior Girls was certified to operate in premises at 3 Cavendish Road, Leeds. The premises could accommodate up to 20 girls aged between their 15th and 7th birthdays at their date of admission.

Ellerslie Hall took specially selected girls, and was run on hostel lines. It provided the inmates with commercial classes and trade training.

Former Ellerslie Hall School, Leeds, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

The School's Certificate of Approval was withdrawn on August 20th 1950.

The property now forms part of the Leeds University site.


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  • West Yorkshire Archive Service (Leeds Office), Nepshaw Lane South, Morley, Leeds LS27 7JQ. Holdings comprise: House Committee minute book; Finance Committee minute book; Headmistress's Reports to Board of Mangement; Admission and Progress Register; Accounts and vouchers; Wages book (1945-9); Estimated income and expenditure with correspondence. Please note that the Minutes and the Progress Register are very detailed and contain information on named children so access to some information may be restricted.


  • 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)