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Longfords School for Girls, Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire

On 1st September, 1941, Longfords Approved School for Girls was formally certified to operate in premises at Avening Road, Minchinhampton, near Stroud, Gloucestershire. The establishment was run by the Church Moral Aid Association (now known as the Church Welfare Association).

The School could accommodate up to 31 Intermediate Girls aged between their 15th and 17th birthdays at their date of admission, and who were judged to be 'maladjusted'. Girls were give a training in domestic skills to equip them for subsequent employment. The School had special facilities for the treatment of venereal disease.

In 1973, the School became a Community Home with Education (CHE) under the control of Gloucestershire County Council.

The Home closed in 1980 and the property is now occupied by a care home.


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