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West Bank School, Stockport, Cheshire

On June 15th, 1964, the West Bank School, run by the Salford Catholic Rescue Society, was formally certified as an Approved School for Roman Catholic Boys. Its premises, at 285 Didsbury Road, Heaton Mersey, had previously been occupied by St Winifred's Convent and High School. In its new role, the School accommodated 22 Junior Boys, aged below their 13th birthday at their date of admission. The headmaster was Mr J.J. Neenan.

On 7th December, 1970, the School was officially redesignated as an Approved School for Girls.

In 1973, the School became a Community Home with Education (CHE), run in conjunction with Stockport Borough Council.

The buildings no longer survive and housing now occupies the site.


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  • 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)