Ancestry UK

Winton House School, Winchester, Hampshire

In around 1947, the Purbrook Approved School, formerly based at Cosham, and evacuated during the Second World War to Caerdeon Hall, Bontddu, Merionethshire, was re-opened at Winton House, Andover Road, Winchester. The premises had previously been used as a private school. Purbrook School, officially renamed Winton House School in November, 1949, accommodated 68 Junior Boys, aged up to 13 years at their date of admission.

Winton House School gymnasium, Winchester, date unknown. © Peter Higginbotham

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

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


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  • Hampshire Record Office, Sussex Street, Winchester SO23 8TH. Very little held relating to the Approved School era.


  • 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)