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Council celebrates opening of new special schools in Covid-19 crisis

28 August 2020

Cheshire East Council has recognised and praised the teams behind the opening of two new special schools in Crewe for children aged between four and 18, as the autumn term commences following months of Covid restrictions. 

The two schools, Axis Academy and Lavender Field School offer places for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities ( SEND ), in particular those with social, emotional and mental health needs.

The need for more special schools was established as part of a structured programme to increase places for children and young people with SEND . The detailed plan, agreed in 2017, recognised that many pupils with  SEND had very long journeys to and from school, with one in five travelling more than 45 minutes each way and many educated outside of the borough.

The last three years has seen considerable capital investment in Cheshire East schools to increase both the number of places for children and young people with SEND , but also to improve support and resources in mainstream schools. 

The Axis Academy, run by the Youth Engagement Schools Trust, will open on Tuesday 1 September, initially to 32 students, increasing to 48 by 2022.  The academy will focus on providing education to young people with mental health needs supporting all areas from personal wellbeing to academic success. 

Lavender Field School will accommodate up to 50 pupils from September 2020, with a potential expansion to 75, from September 2021. The school offers a personalised education, rooted in social, emotional and physical development.

More information on both schools can be found at and