The BBC Today programme has reported on the use of experimental drugs at two approved schools in the 1960’s. This follows a recent File on Four investigation which reported on the experimental use of a “truth drug” on under age patients at Aston Hall Hospital in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Approved schools were in existence from 1933 until 1973 when they were replaced by community homes with education. They catered for children up to the age of 17 who were in the care of the state due to their criminal offences or because they were in need of protection or control. Responsibility for approved schools rested with central government but the majority were often run by voluntary bodies. The two approved schools mentioned in this article are Richmond Hill in North Yorkshire and Springhead Park School for Girls in Leeds. Aston Hall Hospital was a psychiatric hospital in Derbyshire.