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Sankey / Greystone Heath School, Warrington, Cheshire

In August 1939, the Hightown Approved School at Sandy Lane, Hightown, near Crosby, moved to new premises at Stocks Lane, Sankey, near Warrington, Cheshire. The property, built in 1834, had previously been the Quaker-run Penketh Friends' boarding school, but had closed in 1934 and the site was acquired by Liverpool Corporation.

The new establishment was initially known as the Sankey School but from April 1st, 1947, adopted then name Greystone Heath School. It could accommodate just over 100 Junior Boys, aged under 13 at their date of admission.

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

The School closed in the 1980s. Part of the building survives, now converted to residential use.

In more recent times, Greystone Heath School has been the subject of child abuse allegations.


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  • Liverpool Record Office and Local History Service, Central Library, William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EW. Holdings include: Holdings: Aftercare book (1936-56); Notes and reports on aftercare and appearances in court (1955-61); Minute book (1939-48). (Up to 100 years closure on personal records.)


  • 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)