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Allerton Priory Special School for Roman Catholic Children, Liverpool, Lancashire

The Allerton Priory Special School for Roman Catholic Children, on Allerton Road, Woolton, was founded in 1915 for the accommodation, education and training for what were then termed 'feeble minded' or 'mentally defective' children. On February 16th, 1916, the establishment was certified, temporarily, for use as a Special Industrial School for up to 15 children committed by magistrates. A permanent certificate was granted to the School in on February 16th, 1917, which also restricted any boys at the institution to be no older than nine years of age. The School was run by Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

In 1933, Allerton became an Approved School, one of the new institutions introduced by the 1933 Children and Young Persons Act to replace the existing system of Reformatories and Industrial Schools. It was now certified to accommodate a total of 123 mentally defective girls aged from 6 to 16 at their date of admission.

In October, 1935, the School resigned its Approved School certificate but continued to operate as Allerton Priory School until the 1970s.

The premises were later used as a nursing home but the building has now been converted to flats.


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