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St Camillus' School, Tadcaster, West Riding of Yorkshire

On February 26th, 1964, St Camillus' Approved School for Roman Catholic Senior Boys was certified to operate in premises at Scarthingwell Hall, near Tadcaster. It was run by the Leeds Catholic Child Welfare Society. The premises — a modern building on the site of the original Hall which was demolished in 1960 — could accommodate up to 30 boys aged between their 15th and 17th birthdays at their date of admission.

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

Due to a declining number of boys being placed by local authorities, the Home closed in August 1983. The premises were subsequently occupied by a residential care home for the elderly.


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