Chafford School for Boys, Ramsey, Essex

In September 1947, the Chafford School for Boys was accredited to operate as an Approved School at Michaelstowe (or Michaelstow) Hall, Ramsey, near Harwich. The property could accommodate 91 boys who were between their 13th and 15th birthdays at their date of admission.

The boys received classroom education which took place in a block of army huts leased from the nearby Army Transit Camp. The older boys received vocational training in trades such as painting and decorating, bricklaying, or carpentry. Sporting activities played a prominent part in the boys' lives and the School's facilities included a particularly good cricket ground.

In 1973, the School became a Community Home with Education (CHE) under the control of Essex County Council. Following a decline in numbers being placed at the Home, it was closed in July, 1985.

The site was sold the following year and has since been used as a residential care home.

Former Chafford School for Boys, Ramsey


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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)
  • None noted at present.