Autism school closure

Broomhayes Special School in Bideford, Devon, is to close its provision for children in 2014, and concentrate on care for young adults. It has had poor ratings from the Care Quality Commission.

Residential and day centre to close down its school

A residential and day centre for children and young people with autism in North Devon is to close down its school, with the loss of up to a hundred jobs.

Broomhayes Centre at Bideford says that, after failing to reach high standards of care and education, they will no longer look after children and will concentrate on caring for young adults instead, Seth Conway reports.

Autistic Society promises to work with affected people

The National Autistic Society has promised to work with the people affected by the closure of the Broomhayes autism school.

A statement from the society said: "We acknowledge that there are considerable improvements to be made at Broomhayes, and we are committed to working with CQC and other stakeholders in order to provide the very best support we can to the people in our care."

The Broomhayes Centre Credit: ITV News Westcountry

It added: "Employees at the centre were informed of this decision earlier today. We will be working with staff to agree the next steps and providing them with support throughout this process.

"We know that this is unsettling news and would like to assure all those connected to the Centre that we are committed to ensuring the best possible outcomes for them."

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100 jobs to go with closure of Broomhayes school

Around 100 redundancies could be made with the closure of Broomhayes Special School in Bideford, Devon, the National Autistic Society said. A statement from the society read:

Recent inspections by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Ofsted have shown that we are not currently reaching the high standards of care and education at Broomhayes Centre that we have set ourselves. We have also faced some financial challenges at Broomhayes over the last few years.

We have taken the decision to close the residential and day school provision for children at Broomhayes Centre on a date to be agreed in the early part of 2014.

A fall in child referrals and the ageing of those currently being cared for have seen Broomhayes change into a much more adult focussed service. As such, we are looking to continue developing a smaller and more focussed service for young adults.

Statement from troubled Broomhayes autism school

The following is an extract from a statement published on the school's website:

A fall in child referrals and the ageing of those currently being cared for have seen Broomhayes change into a much more adult-focused service. As such, we are looking to continue developing a smaller and more focused service for young adults.

We acknowledge that there are considerable improvements to be made at Broomhayes, and we are committed to working with CQC and other stakeholders in order to provide the very best support we can to the people in our care.

– Statement on the Broomhayes School website