Aug 31, 2020, Winsford and Middlewich Guardian: Two new special schools set to open for Cheshire East youngsters https://www.winsfordguardian.co.uk/news/18685769.two-new-special-schools-set-open-cheshire-east-youngsters/ (NW England) MIDDLEWICH youngsters with social, emotional or mental health needs will soon be able to benefit from two new special schools. The two schools will open in Crewe this September, following investment by Cheshire East Council to meet a growing demand in education for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in the borough, including Middlewich. Axis Academy and Lavender Field School will offer places for four- to 18-year-olds, with each school having its own specialism. Children with mental health needs will be able to get support from Axis, run by the Youth Engagement Schools Trust, which opens on Tuesday initially to 32 students, before expanding to 48 by 2022. Nic Brindle, chief executive of the Youth Engagement Schools Trust, said: “We are thrilled to open the Axis Academy to help support vulnerable children in the area and we are delighted to be able to start helping change children’s futures for the better…. "We are proud to be able to start helping change children’s futures for the better and we can’t wait to get started and share the successes of our first ever students as they successfully master their own education.” The Axis Academy will focus on all areas of mental health support, from personal wellbeing to academic success. Meanwhile, Lavender Field School will accommodate up to 50 pupils from September, with a potential expansion to 75 from September 2021…. Lucy Gibbs, co-executive headteacher of Lavender Fields, said: “We are extremely excited to be opening our doors to pupils in September and are honoured to have the opportunity to offer a life-changing experience to children and their families.