In 1922 a school moved to Axwell Park, Blaydon on Tyne, taking in boys from Sunderland, Durham, Middlesbrough and Newcastle. It was re-designated in 1933 as an Approved School for 150 boys, taking boys from a much wider area including Yorkshire and Northumberland. Administration of the school transferred from the Home Office to Newcastle City Council in 1973, when it was run as a Community Home. In 1976 an Assessment Centre, Clavering House, run by Newcastle Social Service Department, was constructed in the former walled garden. The school was finally closed in 1981, and the Hall and most of the grounds sold in 1985.
The ‘Operation Pallial‘ investigation against Peter Howarth brought to light claims concerning Axwell Park. Peter Howarth taught at Axwell Park from 1966 until 1973, before he went on to be convicted of crimes against children in his next role.
More recently William Burnett a former teacher who taught at Axwell Park in the 1960’s has been found guilty of a total of 15 indictments of indecent assaut on boys under 16 years. He was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in May 2016.
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