Chute Forest School for Boys, near Andover, Hampshire
On 23rd March, 1942, the Chute Forest School for Boys was formally certified to operate as an Approved School in premises near Andover, though actually located across the county border, in Wiltshire. It was described as being a 'mansion with a large estate, in an isolated situation' — thought to be the property known as Chute Lodge.
The School could accommodate up to 95 boys who received training in farming, gardening, forestry, building, carpentry and furniture making.
The School closed in March, 1950. The property is now in private residential use.
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- Wiltshire and Swindon Archives, Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Cocklebury Road, Chippenham SN15 3QN. Has a few building plans.
- 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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