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Specialist autism centre opens at Surrey school

Around 50 students, staff and parents gathered at Hinchley Wood School in Esher, Surrey, this week to mark the formal opening of the latest National Autistic Society Cullum Centre.

It’s the third of four purpose-built specialist centres the charity and Surrey County Council are opening in the area, thanks to generous financial support from the Cullum Family Trust. Two centres are already open at Salesian School and Rodborough School.

Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement, said: “These pioneering centres mean that more pupils with autism can be given tailor-made support to learn in mainstream schools which will also lead to £1.7million-a-year savings for local taxpayers because more children will be able to remain in Surrey for their education.

“With the financial pressures we’re facing, we couldn’t have achieved this on our own so we’re very grateful to The National Autistic Society and the Cullum Family Trust for making this project possible.”

For the full media release, visit the National Autistic Society’s website.

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