In the middle of the nineteenth century a group of eminent benefactors, led by the pioneering reformer Charles Adderley MP (later created Lord Norton), in Birmingham formed an association to develop and manage an approved school in the city for boys who had offended against the laws of the day. The school was later operated by the Home Office, in Saltley, Birmingham (pictured right) until the start of the Second World War. During the War the property was acquired by the Post Office for other use and the School was evacuated to Wales. 

After the War the managers wished to return the School to the Midlands and as the Saltley location was no longer available the s
chool was moved to Kineton House, Little Kineton (pictured left), Warwickshire. This location enabled the pupils to learn additional vocational skills such as farming for which the site was well suited. The school was managed by the Home Office as a Senior Approved School until 1973 when the operation of the school was taken over by Warwickshire County Council as an Assisted Community House.

How did the Norton Foundation get its name and money?

In 1985 Warwickshire County Council ceased to operate the School and the site was sold by the Board of Directors. The proceeds were transferred to the Trustees of the newly founded Norton Foundation. The Trustees invested the funds in long term investments and used the income to the benefit of young people in the West Midlands where Lord Norton had been a benefactor.

The Rt. Hon. Lord Norton of Norton-le-Moors KCMG, PC, JP, DL. 1814-1905

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