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Risley Hall School, Risley, Nottinghamshire

On January 28th, 1943, Risley Hall School was formally certified to operate as an Approved School in premises at Derby Road, Risley, near Nottingham. The School could accommodate up to 140 Intermediate Boys, aged between their 13th and 15th birthdays at their date of admission. The training provided at the School included horticulture, building, carpentry and plumbing.

Former Risley Hall School, 1940s?. © Peter Higginbotham

Former Risley Hall School, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

Former Risley Hall School, 2013. © Peter Higginbotham

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

The property is now a hotel.


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