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(UK) Malvern: New autism secondary school opens; 60 students

June 17, 2023, Worcester News: Bankside College near Malvern prepares to open autism school https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/23587424.bankside-college-near-malvern-prepares-open-autism-school/

W. Midlands


Bankside College, in The Rhydd, is a specialist facility for young people aged 16-25 with autism.

But while the college is small, it is also a hive of activity….

Principal Jon Bell, who joined Bankside from a mainstream secondary school, admits it’s been a big change but is relishing the flexibility it offers….

Part of the building, which was once a country house called Rhydd Court, will continue to house 14 residents, while the rest will become Bankside School, catering for up to 60 pupils.

The old care home is a construction site right now but Mr Bell is confident the first phase of work, which will see the creation of five classrooms, sensory rooms and a canteen, will be completed by mid-July.

The rest of the school will be finished and ready to take its first pupils by September.


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