St Euphrasia's School for Girls, Try, near Monmouth, Monmouthshire, Wales
In 1904, Troy House, at Troy, near Monmouth, was purchased by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd for use as a convent school for Roman Catholic girls. The buildings were extended with a chapel and other facilities.
On March 21st, 1944, St Euphrasia's was certified for use as an Approved School for Junior Girls. The premises then accommodated up to 52 girls, aged below the age of 15 at their date of admission. In the 1950s, the School was redesignated as an Intermediate establishment, for girls aged 14 to 16. The School was run by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd.
On December 1st, 1972, it was announced that the Sister intended to resign its Certificate of Approval. In May, 1973, however, they reversed this decision. The School then became a Community Home with Education (CHE), run in conjunction of Monmouthshire County Council.
The Sister left Troy House in 1980 and the Home was closed. An offer by the Unification Church to purchase the property was rejected because of local antipathy towards the group. More recently, plans to convert the property to residential use have failed to gain approval and the building has continued to stand empty.
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- The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU. Has some inspection reports on the School
- 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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