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Taunton Deane School, Taunton, Somerset

On 22 August 1962, the Home Office granted a certificate for the first new Approved School to be constructed in England and Wales for twenty-five years. The establishment, at West Hatch, near Taunton, was to be known as Taunton Deane School and was to accommodate 115 Senior Boys aged from 15 to 17 years. The school's intake was to come mostly from the South-West. Taunton Deane was intended to be an experimental school in some respects, but not 'soft' or 'cosy'. Plans for school generated considerable local opposition and planning permission was only granted following a public inquiry. However, the scheme was eventually abandoned and the unbuilt school's certificate was formally surrendered in 1967.


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  • None identfied at present — any information welcome.


  • 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)
  • None identified at present.