July 27, 2017, The (UK) Sentinel: Sponsor needed to run new Crewe free school for special needs pupils http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/sponsor-needed-to-run-new-crewe-free-school-for-special-needs-pupils/story-30458161-detail/story.html The search began today for a sponsor to run a new free school that will cater for pupils with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. It comes after Cheshire East Council won Government approval to kick-start the plans, which will help meet the demand for more specialist provision in the borough. It means young people will no longer have to travel long distances for their education. Council officials have already identified a vacant site in Crewe that used to be home to Lodgefields Primary School. Cheshire East is one of 19 local authorities given permission to invite applications from potential special school sponsors. Welcoming the developments, education minister Lord Nash said: “Free schools are providing many good, new school places in response to the needs of communities across the county…. A Cheshire East Council spokesman said: “We are extremely pleased and excited by the opportunities this decision will bring for children and young people living in the borough. “We will now start the hard work to ensure this is delivered in a timely fashion, so that this can become a reality as soon as possible."... In April, The Sentinel revealed that Stoke-on-Trent was to get its first free school, the City Enterprise Academy. It will open in September 2018 and will cater for up to 100 secondary age students, giving a fresh start to young people who have either been excluded or have struggled to cope in mainstream classes.