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Glebe House / Egerton House School, Brackley, Northamptonshire

On February 24th, 1942, an Approved School for Senior Girls was formally certified for operation at Glebe House, Old Town, Brackley. The mock Tudor building, formerly used as the vicarage for the nearby St Peter's Church, was built by Francis Thicknesse, the incumbent from 1868 to 1879.

Glebe House and Brackley Church, early 1900s.

The School accommodated up to 26 girls, aged between their 15th and 17th birthdays at their date of admission. The inmates received training in domestic skills.

On March 12th, 1948, it was announced that the managers of the School intended to resign its Certificate of Approval. Six months later, on 10th September, 1948, the premises were certified as an Approved School for Junior Boys, known as Egerton House School. The premises now housed up to 31 boys aged below 10½ years at their time of admission, later increased to 13 years.

In 1973, the School became a Community Home with Education (CHE) under the control of Northamptonshire County Council.

The buildings no longer survive and the modern housing of Church View now covers the site.


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  • The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU. Has a few reports and other papers on the School.


  • 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)