St Joseph's Special School for Educable Mentally Defective Roman Catholic Boys, Dunmow, Essex

St Joseph's School for Educable Mentally Defective Roman Catholic Boys was established in 1916 ,at Bigod's Hall, Bigod's Lane, Dunmow, Essex. It was run by the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

On September 29th, 1917, the establishment was formally certified as an Industrial School, allowing it to receive boys committed for detention by the courts. The premises could accommodate up to 61 boys, aged 5 to 14 years.

St Joseph's Special School for Educable Mentally Defective Roman Catholic Boys, Dunmow, c.19XX. © Peter Higginbotham

St Joseph's ceased its Industrial School role on 30th November, 1931.

In 1950, the School moved to Cranleigh, Surrey. In 1981, its operation was taken over by the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton. St Joseph's Specialist School and College is now a residential and day school catering for children with learning difficulties.

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