A new school for children with autism has opened in the grounds of the Priory mental health hospital in Roehampton.

Priory Lodge School was officially opened by the actress Jane Asher, who last year starred in Bedroom Farce at the Rose Theatre, Kingston.

Later this month it will hold an open day for parents, teachers and businesses to explore the new facilities.

David Curry, principal, said: “The open day will provide a great opportunity for members of the public to have a look around the school and to really get a feel for what we do.

“We are hoping to have a range of job opportunities available, so are encouraging anyone who would be interested to come along to speak to staff and pick up an application pack.”

The school specialises in autistic spectrum disorders, in particular Asperger’s Syndrome and associated learning difficulties.

It hopes to expand its eight staff to 30 in the next few years, covering everything from administration to teaching support and therapy.

The open day, for residents, businesses, parents and representatives from state and independent schools, will be held on June 22.

Three sessions will take place from 8.30am to 10.30am, 11.30am to 1.30pm and 4pm to 6pm.

Prospective employees are encouraged to attend the drop-in day for more information on positions available and to pick up application forms.

The Priory in Roehampton is a private hospital specialising in the treatment and management of mental health conditions.

Its parent company, the Priory Group, is a major UK provider of acute mental health services, secure and step-down services, specialist education, complex care and neuro-rehabilitation services.

Education services run by the group specialise in care for children and adults aged four to 35 with Asperger's Syndrome, autistic spectrum disorders, behavioural difficulties and learning difficulties.

For more information, contact Caroline Walker on 01325 383886.