Woodlands School, East Grinstead, Sussex
On October 30th, 1942, an Approved School for Senior Girls was certified to operate at Woodlands, London Road, East Grinstead. The establishment, run by the Salvation Army, could accommodate 26 girls aged between their 15th and 17th birthdays at their date of admission. Facilities for the treatment of venereal disease were provided at the School.
In 1973, the School became a Community Home with Education (CHE) run in conjunction with East Sussex County Council.
The building no longer exists and modern housing now occupies the site.
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- The Salvation Army International Heritage Centre, William Booth College, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8BQ. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Has a research service, with initial enquiries answered free, more detailed follow-up research charged at £20 per hour. There is also an online catalogue of the Centre's holdings.
- The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU. Has a few reports and other documents relating to the School.
- 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)
- The Therapeutic Care Journal — has a number of articles relating to Approved Schools.
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