By H Dominic W Stiles, on 30 March 2012
LARCHMOOR SCHOOL, Stoke Poges (1966-81)
A residential school for “maladjusted deaf children” in the terms that would have been used at that time. The school was run by the RNID on a country estate purchased near Stoke Poges. The existing house was demolished, and the foundation stone for new school laid in 1964. The first intake of children came in 1966. The school did not survive for very long – it closed at the end of the 1981 summer term due to a “dramatic decline in the number of pupils coming forward” (RNID Annual Report, 1981).
NB. The RNID Library has a probably complete set of Larchmoor School newsletters from 1976-79, also Larchmoor School annual reports for 1971 and 1972; for other information see RNID annual reports from 1965-81 and the RNID magazine Hearing for those years.
GREEN, P.B. Identifying emotional disturbance in hearing impaired children. Teacher of the Deaf, 1972, 70, 380-388.
School, Stoke Poges. Architect and Building News, 1966, 30 Nov, 951-58.
WILLIAMS, C.E. A school for maladjusted deaf children. Medical and Biological Illustration, 1967, 17, 242-246.
WILLIAMS, C.E. Some psychiatric observations on a group of maladjusted deaf children. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 1970, 11, 1-18.