Shelleys Children's Home

It may also be called Shellies or perhaps Shelly's

 

 

This home in Burgess Hill, Sussex was certainly open by the early 1950s.

 

It seems that some children, perhaps the younger ones, were taught at classes within the home. Others went out to local schools, including Southway School next door.

 

"At the back of shelleys was a pig farm that used to really stink in the hot summer afternoons, we also used to go for walks in the fields behind the pig farm and usually I got wet feet falling into the streams"

 

"I do remember the donkeys that lived on the football field"

 

At times, Shelleys was used as a reception centre ie. children went there for a short time before getting a more permanent placement.

 

The home was demolished in 2005.

 

If anyone has any information, memories or photographs, I would be extremely grateful. Please email. Thank you.

 

 


 

Other children's homes in Burgess Hill

 

In 2013, a Freedom of Information request was made about children's homes in Burgess Hill.

 

Question:

 

Dear West Sussex County Council

 

Please could you answer the following questions

 

1/ How many children's residential homes have been closed in West Sussex 2000-2013

 

2/ Please give the reasons for the closure for the above homes 2000-2013

 

3/ How many residential children's homes have been closed that are used for placements of children from WSCC to other areas, i.e.Arun, Adur and East across East Sussex.

 

4/ Please give the reasons for their closure and if this information is not available to you for Arun, Adur and across East Sussex, please answer the following :- Was the closure during the time that the WSCC had children placed there from WSCC?

 

5/ How many children's residential home care workers have been suspended or sacked 2000-2013 in the WSCC area.

 

6/ How many childrens residential home care/support workers are working today pending CRB checks.

 

 

Answer from West Sussex County Council July 2013

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information request of 16 June 2013, regarding closed children's homes.

1/ How many children's residential homes have been closed in West Sussex 2000-2013

Cedar House, Worthing: sold 2013

 Cissbury Lodge, Durrington Lane, Worthing: sold 2008. (There is a replacement Cissbury Lodge, at The Boulevard, Worthing.)

Greenacres, Crawley: this ceased to be a children’s home in approximately 2006 and is now used for supported living for young persons.

Littlecote, Petworth: vacant 2011

Penn House, Bognor: sold 2005

St Christopher’s, Rustington: sold 1997

Shelleys, Burgess Hill: demolished 2005

Shermanbury Grange, Horsham: sold 2000 

 

2/ Please give the reasons for the closure for the above homes 2000-2013

For financial and service restructuring reasons. 

3/ How many residential children's homes have been closed that are usedfor placements of children from WSCC to other areas, i.e. Arun, Adur andEast across East Sussex.

We do not hold this information. 

4/ Please give the reasons for their closure and if this information is not available to you for Arun, Adur and across East Sussex, please answer the following :- Was the closure during the time that the WSCC hadchildren placed there from WSCC?

We do not hold this information. 

5/ How many children's residential home care workers have been suspended or sacked 2000-2013 in the WSCC area.

We only retain staff employment records for 7 years so the information provided is from 2006 onwards:

8 ill-health dismissals and 5 conduct dismissals. 5 suspensions. 

6/ How many childrens residential home care/support workers are working today pending CRB checks.

None.