St Camillus' School, Tadcaster, West Riding of Yorkshire
On February 26th, 1964, St Camillus' Approved School for Roman Catholic Senior Boys was certified to operate in premises at Scarthingwell Hall, near Tadcaster. It was run by the Leeds Catholic Child Welfare Society. The premises — a modern building on the site of the original Hall which was demolished in 1960 — could accommodate up to 30 boys aged between their 15th and 17th birthdays at their date of admission.
In 1973, the School became a Community Home with Education (CHE) under the control of West Riding of Yorkshire County Council.
Due to a declining number of boys being placed by local authorities, the Home closed in August 1983. The premises were subsequently occupied by a residential care home for the elderly.
Note: many repositories impose a closure period of up to 100 years for records identifying individuals. Before travelling a long distance, always check that the records you want to consult will be available.
- The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU. Has some reports and other documents.
- 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.
Except where indicated, this page () © Peter Higginbotham. Contents may not be reproduced without permission.