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Richmond Hill School, Richmond, North Riding of Yorkshire

On March 28th, 1962, the Richmond Hill School, a Approved School for Senior Boys was certified to operate at Gallowgate, Richmond, North Yorkshire. The premises — a former infantry barracks — could accommodate up to 80 boys aged between their 15th and 17th birthdays at their date of admission.

Former Richmond Hill Approved School, Richmond, 2017. © Peter Higginbotham

Former Richmond Hill Approved School, Richmond, 2017. © Peter Higginbotham

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

The property has now been converted to residential use.

Former Richmond Hill School.


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  • The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU. Has a few documents relating to the School including complaints of irregular punishment and indecency.


  • 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)