The Shaw School, Appleton, Cheshire

In 1932, Appleton Hall, near Warrington, the former country seat of the Lyon family, was converted for use as a Domestic Training Centre for 60 girls.

On 22nd July, 1937, The Shaw School, as it became known, was certified to operate as an Approved School for Girls. The establishment, which could accommodate 40 girls, became one of the first Classifying Schools, in which those newly committed to an Approved School were assessed to determine their character and mental and physical abilities, and then passed on to Schools suited to their needs.

In April, 1960, the managers of the School gave notice of their intention to resign the Shaw's certificate and close the establishment.

The Hall was subsequently demolished and a comprehensive school opened on the site in 1968, with modern housing covering the rest of the former estate.


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