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St Benedict's School for Boys, Reading, Berkshire

St Benedict's was established in 1937 as an Approved School for Roman Catholic Boys. It occupied a country estate at Wokefield Park, Mortimer, near Reading, Berkshire. The establishment was run by the Brothers of the Christian School and could accommodate up to 104 senior boys aged between their 15th and 17th birthdays at the date of admission. The training provided for the boys included farming, gardening and estate carpentry.

In around 1973, the school became a Community Home with Education (CHE) under the control of Brent London Borough Council.

The site is now occupied by the Wokefield Park Golf Club.

Former St Benedict's School for Boys, Mortimer.


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