The Treloar story starts in 1907 when the then Lord Mayor of the City of London, Sir William Purdie Treloar, set up a ‘Cripples’ Fund’ as his mayoral appeal. His aim was to build a hospital and school outside the city for children with non-pulmonary tuberculosis. On June 13 of that year, he wrote in his diary that Her Majesty Queen Alexandra ‘came to Mansion House to open the Queen’s Fete in aid of my Cripples’ Fund’. In 1908, Sir William opened his school and hospital in Alton, Hampshire. Since then, Treloar’s has steadily grown and developed, becoming one of the country’s leading providers of education, care, therapy, medical support and independence training for disabled young people.

In 1948 the National Health Service took over the hospital and in 1953 the Lord Mayor Treloar College moved to the village of Froyle, near Alton. Later the boys’ school was created, followed by the Florence Treloar School for Girls in nearby Holybourne. In 1995 the Holybourne campus became the Lord Mayor Treloar National Specialist College of Further Education, soon shortened to Treloar College to speed answering the telephone. In 2004, the College became the first specialist college to be awarded ‘outstanding’ for the quality of its provision, leadership and management by Ofsted, and was then awarded ‘Beacon College’ status by the Department for Education and Science. The School and College were merged on the Holybourne campus in 2011, following a multi-million pound development programme – the first phase of Vision Treloar’s.


Treloar School for physically disabled students has built a reputation of developing the sporting abilities of young people with physical disabilities. Many students continue their sporting progress at Treloar College and beyond. Particular prowess and development is shown in boccia (a target throwing/rolling ball game). The school also has a good reputation in the field of athletics, with many budding athletes coming through in both track and field events many of them with paralympic potential being shown already in their young careers as athletes. The School also has produced many successful swimmers. The School and College had many former students representing Great Britain at the 2012 Paralympics in London.


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