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Hyrstlands School, Batley, West Riding of Yorkshire

On May 18th, 1945, an Approved School for Senior Girls was certified to operate in premises at Track Road, Batley. The establishment, which was run by the The Salvation Army, could accommodate up 30 girls aged 15 years or over at their date of admission. The School provided domestic and commercial training.

Former Hyrstlands School from the north-west, Batley, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

Former Hyrstlands School from the south-west, Batley, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

In 1973, the School became a Community Home with Education (CHE) in conjunction with of West Riding of Yorkshire County Council.

In 1996, the site was acquired by Indian Muslim Welfare Society.


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