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Moorland House School, Ilkley, West Riding of Yorkshire

On November 18th, 1942, the Moorland House Approved School for Junior Boys was certified for operation at Westwood Drive, Ilkley. It was run by Bradford Council. The premises could accommodate 48 boys aged under 13 at their date of admission.

In 1973, the School became a Community Home with Education (CHE).

Only the entrance lodge now survives, with modern housing covering the rest of the site.

Former Moorland House entrance lodge, Ilkley, 2014. © Peter Higginbotham


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  • The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU. Has various reports and other documents including 'Dismissal of a member of staff for infraction of school punishment rules' (1963).


  • 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)