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The Elms, Market Harborough, Leicestershire

In about 1937, an Approved School for Senior Girls was established at The Elms on Leicester Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire. The School received 'selected cases likely to respond to domestic training from nine to twelve months.'

The Elms, Market Harborough,2013. © Peter Higginbotham

The Elms, Market Harborough,2013. © Peter Higginbotham

From around 1939 to February, 1943, the School accommodated girls from the Montefiore House Approved School which was evacuated from north London. The School closed in 1959. The property was subsequently occupied by Brooke House School, now Brooke House College.


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  • The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU. Has Admissions registers (1937-59; Discharge and licence register (1951-59); Logbook of year of closing (1959). (All subject to 75-year closure.)


  • 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)