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L-R: Janet Lumb and Dominic Macauley, Timeout Children’s Homes with Tom Islip, Barclays.
Jane Imrie

Yorkshire education provider acquires Bronte heritage property with Barclays funding

A West Yorkshire-based care and education provider has acquired a property with links to the Bronte sisters thanks to support from Barclays.

Timeout Children’s Homes Limited has purchased the ‘iconic’ Brearley Hall, former home of the brother of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte, after securing a funding package from the bank.

Established in 2004, The family-run firm is based in Halifax and provides specialist care and education to disadvantaged children.

Situated within 44-acre grounds, the 17th century manor house was recorded in the 1841 census as being the home of Patrick Branwell Bronte.

The site will undergo a full refurbishment to become the company’s 16th home, with redevelopment expected to take place over the next two years.

Dominic Macauley, managing director, Timeout Children’s Homes Limited commented: “We’re a family run organisation which we established with the aim of making a real and lasting difference to the lives of children with complex needs.

“Brearley Hall will enable us to reach more children to offer one to one care so that we can nurture them to learn how to live a positive and independent life.

“The redevelopment of the hall is the largest project we’ve taken on so far and Barclays support means that we can totally refurbish the hall to provide state of the art facilities in this iconic historical setting.”

Tom Islip, Barclays business relationship director, added: “Dominic and his team are passionate about the service they provide for young people and they really impressed me with their growth plans supporting more disadvantaged children through therapeutic and education care.

“Timeout has become a first-call company for many local authorities and their dedication to provide tailored education for every pupil is exceptional.”

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