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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.
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."
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."
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:
The following is an extract from a statement published on the school's website:
A school for autistic children and young adults in Bideford, Devon, is to close its child provision in 2014. It will focus solely on young adult care. Broomhayes School and Children's Centre has been criticised by the Care Quality Commission and has seen fewer child referrals.