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Shermanbury Grange School, near Horsham, Sussex

On March 20th, 1940, an Approved School for Senior Girls was certified to operate in premises at Shermanbury Grange School, Partridge Green, Shermanbury, near Horsham. The establishment, run by West Sussex County Council, could accommodate 32 girls between their 15th and 17th birthdays at their date of admission.

Shermanbury Grange

In 1973, the School became a Community Home with Education (CHE).

The property has now been converted to residential use.


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  • West Sussex Record Office, County Hall, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1RN. Holdings include: Daily registers (1959-75); Various committee minutes.
  • The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU. Has various reports, plans of the building etc.


  • 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)