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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.

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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.

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