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Woodlands School, East Grinstead, Sussex

On October 30th, 1942, an Approved School for Senior Girls was certified to operate at Woodlands, London Road, East Grinstead. The establishment, run by the Salvation Army, could accommodate 26 girls aged between their 15th and 17th birthdays at their date of admission. Facilities for the treatment of venereal disease were provided at the School.

In 1973, the School became a Community Home with Education (CHE) run in conjunction with East Sussex County Council.

The building no longer exists and modern housing now occupies the site.


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  • 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)