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Council Celebrates Opening of New Site for Special School

Children and staff at front of Axis Academy

Cheshire East Council is delighted to announce that Axis Academy, which opened its doors in September, has now moved to a permanent location.

Axis Academy is a school which supports children with an Education Health Care Plan for Social Emotional and Mental Health. It offers places to children and young people, aged four to 16 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The school had been teaching children temporarily from The Stables on Warmingham Road in Crewe but has now moved to its permanent base at Lodgefields Drive, Crewe.

Front of Axis Academy

The need for more special schools in Cheshire East 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 four 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. 

Axis Academy technology lab

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

The school will provide opportunities for students out of education or those who are not coping within the mainstream setting. It has been launched with the aim to reconnect students who have become detached from their education, and in some cases, purpose in life.

Councillor Kathryn Flavell, Cheshire East Council

Councillor Kathryn Flavell, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for children and families said: “It’s such a great piece of news to see this wonderful school move into a suitable location to enable staff to continue providing an extremely valuable service to some of our more vulnerable children. 

“It’s a really difficult time in education with many of our children home-schooling, so to be able to share this news is a much-needed boost. Everyone involved with moving into the new building should be really proud of the achievement.”

Nic Brindle, chief executive officer of the Youth Engagement Schools Trust, said: “As a trust focused on supporting some of the most vulnerable children in the northwest, we are delighted to get this superb building that will help our learners realise their potential and aspire to be more.”

New headteacher Emma Colley, said: “We believe that children with special educational needs deserve the same opportunities in life as every other child. Out ultimate aim is to prepare children to be successful adults who go on to live happy lives.”

More information on The Axis Academy can be found online.