In 1945, Southwood House became a home for boys and became a mixed home in 1955/6. Southwood was to become the first Dr. Barnardo’s home dealing solely with disabled children. In August of 1957 Southwood became a short stay respite care home for children with learning disabilities; the home closed in February 1977.
In 1997, Holbrook Centre for Autism opened its doors to 10 pupils. Now, renamed as Holbrook School for Autism, we have 123 pupils on roll from Derbyshire, Derby City, Nottinghamshire and Nottingham City. Alongside Peak School in Chinley, our autism outreach team offers support to mainstream schools across Derbyshire.
The school is now located on two sites, the main school is still in Holbrook village and we now have a 14-19 department in Belper, which opened in September 2016.
Holbrook, Hale Broc is the Saxon name for Holbrook, meaning Badger Hill.