St Swithin's School, Wootton St Lawrence, near Basingstoke, Hampshire
On 7th September, 1943, St Swithin's School, at Tangier Park House, Wootton St Lawrence, near Basingstoke, was formally certified to operate as an Approved School for Roman Catholic Senior Boys. The establishment was run by the Brothers of the Christian Schools (the De La Salle Brothers). The training provided at the School included joinery and gardening.
In June, 1947, the School was relocated to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, where it became St Swithin's Nautical School.
Tangier Park House is now a private residence.
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- De La Salle Provincialate, 140 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7BP.
- 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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