A multi-million pound building programme is due to start this summer at a long-established special school in Bideford. Broomhayes School and Children s Centre in Alverdiscott Road, East-the-Water, is run by the National Autistic Society to provide a scho

A multi-million pound building programme is due to start this summer at a long-established special school in Bideford.Broomhayes School and Children's Centre in Alverdiscott Road, East-the-Water, is run by the National Autistic Society to provide a school and home for young people with autistic spectrum disorders, plus a range of other specialist services.Established in 1985, it provides 24-hour, every day care and employs more than 200 staff.The school caters for young people between the ages of 10 and 19 from across the South of England. Currently, the over-16s have a satellite school in Northam. Plans are to consolidate all the provision on the one main Bideford site, utilising the car park and an adjoining field for the expansion.This will provide a new post-16 college and an additional eight-bed residential annexe with modern en suite facilities.Work is due to start in August and will take a year to complete.While looking forward to the start of work, staff at Broomhayes are also celebrating a good Ofsted report in which students' behaviour is described as "outstanding" and staff are complimented on the spiritual and moral guidance given to the students.It says: "Broomhayes provides its students with a good quality of education and care that meets their needs and allows them to make good progress, especially in their personal development and attitudes. Students' behaviour is outstanding. Good progress has been made since the last inspection in improving the areas of teaching, curriculum planning and assessment, which are now good. The school has a good capacity to improve further. Placing authorities and parents are very satisfied with the school.