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Closure threat to autism school

A school for children and teenagers with autism could close with the loss of 120 specialist teaching jobs.

Autism West Midlands is reviewing the long-term future of Coddington School near Ledbury in Herefordshire during a consultation period.

Autism West Midlands head Carolyn Bailey said falling numbers at the residential school meant it may not be "financially viable" in the future.

She said staff were being offered help and support in case it did close.

The school for 11-19 year-olds, which opened in 2001, currently has 19 students, but has room for 36.

Ms Bailey said: "We are experiencing a drop in referral rates for young people to come to the school and therefore we are considering - in the future - the school may not be financially viable and we may have to consider a possible closure at some point."

She said staff were receiving support, such as making sure their training was up-to-date.

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