Bryn Estyn School for Boys, Wrexham, Denbighshire, Wales
On November 15th, 1940, the Bryn Estyn Approved School for Intermediate Boys was certified to operate in premises at Bryn Estyn Road, Wrexham, Denbighshire. The School could could accommodate up to 80 boys aged between their 13th and 15th birthdays at their date of admission.
In 1973, the School became a Community Home with Education (CHE) under the control of Denbighshire County Council.
The Home closed for financial reasons in 1984. The establishment subsequently became the focus of allegations concerning sexual abuse of its inmates, and claims that Bryn Estyn had been the centre of a paedophile ring in North Wales.
In more recent times, the property was used as a conference and training centre. In 2015, the Council were debating whether to sell off or demolish the building.
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- No records noted at present for this establishment — any information welcome.
- Hyland, Jim Yesterday's Answers: Development and Decline of Schools for Young Offenders (1994, 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)
- The Therapeutic Care Journal — has a number of articles relating to Approved Schools.
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