Catalogue description Inquiry into Administration of Punishment at Court Lees Approved School: Report and Papers

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Reference: HO 350
Title: Inquiry into Administration of Punishment at Court Lees Approved School: Report and Papers
Description:

Evidence, proceedings, the report and other papers of the inquiry conducted into allegations of excessive corporal punishment, and other breaches of the Approved School Rules relating to corporal punishment, at Court Lees Approved School.

Date: 1967-1973
Related material:

Related Home Office files are in BN 62

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
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Inquiry into Administration of Punishment at Court Lees Approved School, 1967-1967

Physical description: 22 file(s)
Access conditions: Subject to closure for periods up to 75 years
Publication note:

For a copy of the report see ZHC 1/9523

Administrative / biographical background:

This Private Inquiry was ordered by the Home Secretary into allegations of excessively severe corporal punishment administered at Court Lees Approved School for Boys at South Godstone, Surrey which was at the time, 1967, the largest school of its kind in England.

The Inquiry was conducted by Mr Edward Gibbens QC, who concluded that apart from severe punishment inflicted on a number of boys, there had been several breaches of the Approved School Rules relating to corporal punishment. After discussions with the managers of the school, the Home Secretary withdrew its Certificate of Approval in August 1967. The school was subsequently formally closed on 6 February 1968.

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