A new residential specialist school for children with autism has opened near Tewkesbury

The  Southwick Park School, part of the Cambian Group, will offer in-house therapy all year round for seven to 19 year olds. Jason Goddard, head teacher, said the school would be creating some 150 new jobs over the coming months.

Youngest students come to the school from the age of 7. Education and transition pathway services range from specialist primary schools, specialist secondary schools and specialist further education services. We also offer post-19 provisions and adult residential services. Admission to any of our schools and provisions can take place anytime during the school year.

Steve Huggett, director of the Autism Education Trust, said local authorities do not run facilities providing 52-week placements because there are so few people who need this help, so they tend to be run privately. He said individual placements in such places could cost more than £150,000 per year.

At Cambian Southwick Park, the severity of autism and learning difficulties among students will vary. The school currently employs 38 members of staff, which is likely to increase to 200.

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