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Specialist colleges are to close

Two schools for students with autism and Asperger's Syndrome are likely to close, its owners have said.

Condover Hall in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, has been run for two years by the Priory Group after its closure as a school for the blind in 2004.

The group has run the building as two colleges but has said it expects them both to close in 2009 as demand for places has been low.

It will work with parents to offer alternative places of education.

The Priory Group has run Farleigh College Condover as a day and residential school for pupils between 14 and 19 with autism and/or Asperger's Syndrome.

It has also run Condover Horizon, a specialist residential and day school for pupils aged seven to 19 with autistic spectrum disorder.

In a statement it said the maintenance and upkeep of the Condover estate, which includes a Grade I-listed building, was unsustainable.

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