1976 – Westoning develops adult training and community participation

By 1976, the chief emphasis at Westoning was further education and training for adults.

Children from Wingrave moved there when they reached school leaving age. Kenneth Newton Wright envisaged a home for life, a self-sufficient community where residents grew crops, worked with animals, learnt pottery, woodwork and domestic science. Every resident had an educational plan, and rotated through these practical activities.

The young people living at Westoning joined in community activities. Some were in the Cubs, Scouts and Guides. In some cases groups came in from the community to take part in swimming and riding at Westoning. There were visits to libraries, playgrounds and private shopping expeditions. These experiences helped the young people to learn how to behave with others, and to build confidence, so that they were able to join any social setting

Kenneth Newton Wright told the Times in 1973 that he envisaged hamlets in each corner of the Westoning estate where ‘children can live there with their houseparents and then come to the centre of the estate for work and social activities, just like a town’.

Westoning develops adult training and community participation

“At Wingrave thirty younger children live in a registered residential special school up to the age of 16 or 17 years when they graduate to the adult working environment at Westoning. The final two years of their stay prepares them for the adult life they will enjoy when they transfer to Westoning.”

Annual Report 1978


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