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                                                                                   Northumberland  

                                                                                                        

                                                                                                       Tyne & Wear

 

                                                                 

                                                                Cumbria         Durham

 

              

                                                                                           North Yorkshire

 

 

                                                                Lancashire                               East Riding 

                                                                                         W Yorks

                                                    

                                                      Merseyside  Gtr Manch   S Yorks

 

                                                                                          Derbyshire          Lincolnshire

                                                                          Cheshire                Notts

 

                                                                                    Staffs

                                                                        Shropshire           Leics                              Norfolk

                                                                                                                  Rut

                                                                                        W Mids                       

                                                                                                         Northants  Cambs

                                                                                  Worcs  Warks                                  Suffolk

                                                                       Herefords                             Beds

                                                    Wales                  

                                                                                      Glos               Bucks               Essex

                                                                                                  Oxon            Herts

 

                                                                   Bristol                       Berks         London

                                                                                       Wilts     

                                                                    Somerset                               Surrey        Kent

                                                                                              Hampshire

                                                                                                                 W Sussex

                                                    Devon                  Dorset                                  E Sussex

                                                                                                         

                                                                                                             

                                 Cornwall                                               Isle of Wight

 BRISTOL 

Bristol: opened 1908 (non-residential)

 

Bristol Open Air School, Knowle

Open: 1913 - 1940

 

Barton Hill Open Air School: opened 1914

(In 1920 the school moved to St George's Park -girls only)

 

South Bristol Open Air School. Opened 1940 - 1953

 

Victoria Park Open Air School: Opened 1920

 

 CHESHIRE 

 

Delamare Fresh Air School

 

Lym Fresh Air School

 

Styal Open Air School

 

 

  CUMBRIA  

 

Hest Bank Open Air (Camp) School

 

 ESSEX 

 

Clacton on Sea Open Air School

 

 GLOUCESTERSHIRE 

Oak Bank Open Air School, Robinswood Hill, Gloucester

aka Tuffley Open Air School

 

 

 GREATER MANCHESTER 

 

Claremont Open Air School, Salford

 

Manchester: opened 1908 (non-residential)

 

Strinesdale Open Air School, Oldham

 

 HAMPSHIRE 

 

Lyndhurst Open Air School


St Patrick's Open Air School, Hayling Island

 

 HEREFORDSHIRE 

 

Newport House, Almeley

 

 

 KENT 

 

Broadstairs open air school

 

Cliftonville Open Air School, Margate 

 

Fairfax House Open Air School, Broadstairs

 

Holy Cross Open Air School, Broadstairs

Laleham House School for Delicate Children, Cliftonville, Kent  (see Cliftonville OA School)

 

Oak Bank Open Air School, Seal, Sevenoaks

 

Wren's Warren Open Air School, Sutton Valence

 

 LANCASHIRE 


Burnley Open Air School, Bank Hall, Thompsons Park

 

 LEICESTERSHIRE 

 

Western Park Open Air School, Leicester

 

 LONDON 

 

Aspen House Open Air School, Streatham Hill

 

Birley House / Brent Knoll Open Air School, Forest Hill: opened 1908

 

Bostall Wood / London Open Air School: opened 1907 (non-residential)

 

Bow Road LCC Open Air School (opened c1952)

 

Deptford Open Air School: opened pre-1914

 

Forest Hill Open Air School

 

Geere House Open Air School, Stepney Green

 

Hazelbury open air school, Edmonton, Enfield

 

Kingston Open Air School


London Open Air School: opened 1908 (non-residential)

 

Regents Park Open Air Schools (non-residential)

 

Shooters Hill Open Air School: opened pre-1914 (non-residential)

 

Springwell House Open Air School, London (non-residential)

 

Stowey House Open Air School, Clapham Common

 

Upton House Open Air School, Hackney

 

 

 MERSEYSIDE 

 

Liverpool: opened 1908 (non-residential)

 

Torpenhow Open Air School, The Wirral

What are open air schools?

 

Open air schools, as an idea, was not restricted to England but in fact began on the continent in the early 1900s.

 

They were first conceived as a way of tackling tuberculosis which affected large numbers of people before the Second World War. The idea behind them was very simple - children would get as much fresh air as possible, spending much of their day outside and perhaps sleeping outside or in wards which were open to the elements. Many of the schools were residential and some children could live there for much of their childhood. Others stayed for only a short time.

 

While the initial focus on many of the first open air schools was on TB, later the focus shifted to more general health issues which it was felt would benefit from fresh air and exercise. Many of the children going into open air schools would have been described as 'delicate'.

 

The first open air schools in England were opened in London in 1908.

 

In his book 'The Open Air School' written in 1914, Hugh Broughton describes the very simple means by which classrooms were designed to allow fresh air in: "the room may be open on three sides while on the fourth there is a blank wall giving accommodation for blackboard pictures and cupboard."

 

After the second World War, there was a change in open air schools throughout the country as described in 

'The Open-Air Schools of Bristol and Gloucester'

by J. Shorey Duckworth (2005): "After the Second World War the situation with regard to open-air education changed dramatically. New treatments, including antibiotics had been introduced and new ideas formulated for dealing with ‘delicate’ children. Standards of living improved and the incidence of TB declined. More and more physically handicapped children were sent to the schools". 

 

 

 

 NORFOLK 

Norwich: opened 1908 (non-residential)

 

 

NORTH YORKSHIRE 

 

Bainbridge Open Air School

 

 NORTHAMPTONSHIRE 

Ketttering: opened 1908 (non-residential)

 

 SOUTH YORKSHIRE 

 

Barnsley: opened 1908 (non-residential)

 

Doncaster Open Air School, Blaby

 

 STAFFORDSHIRE 

 

Hanchurch Open Air School

 

 SURREY 

 

Limpsfield GrangeOxted

 

St Dominic's Roman Catholic Residential Open Air School, Hambledon

 

 WALES 

 

Brynglas Open Air School, Newport

 

 WARWICKSHIRE 

Corley Open Air School

 

Haseley Hall Residential School for Boys, Wroxhall

 

 WEST MIDLANDS 

 

Baskerville Open Air School, Harborne, Birmingham

 

Cradley Heath Open Air School, Sandwell

 

Marsh Hill Open Air School aka Erdington Open Air School, Birmingham

 

Northfield Open Air School

 

Reedswood Open Air School, Reedswood Park, Walsall: opened 1919

 

Uffculme / Birmingham Open Air School: opened c 1908 (non-residential)

 

 WEST SUSSEX 

 

Itchingfield Open Air School

 

 WEST YORKSHIRE 

 

Bradford: opened 1908 (non-residential)

Bermerside Open Air School, Halifax (aka  Quarry House School, Northowram)

Moorlands Open Air School, Dewsbury

 

Odsal Open Air School, Bradford

 

Sheffield: opened 1908 (non-residential)

 WORCESTERSHIRE 

Cropwood Open Air School, Blackwell, Bromsgrove


Hunters Hill Open Air School, Blackwell, Bromsgrove

 

Malvern Open Air School

 

Rose Hill Open Air School, Windermere Drive, Warndon, Worcester: opened 1926

(Became a special school which closed in 2007.

Regency High School is on the Rose Hill site)

 

Skilts Open Air School, Redditch

 

Wylds Lane Open Air School, Worcester

Do you have memories of being in an open air school?

 

Do you know about the open air schools that served your area?

 

Please help us complete this directory

 

We would love to hear from you.


NOT FOUND WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR?
This open air school directory is a new venture, and sadly there are some counties I as yet don't have any information about. If you know of open air schools that are not listed, or are looking for infomation about schools in a particular county, please let me know. Thank you.
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