Schools, education and childcare New Secondary Special School for Manchester

Proposal for a new secondary special school

In response to significant growth in demand for specialist provision, we are seeking expressions of interest from DfE approved sponsors to run a new secondary special school in north Manchester.  This is in line with the national process for establishing new schools.

This will be a new purpose-built 150 place secondary special school with post-16 provision to be located at Sawley Road in north Manchester. Funding for the construction of the school will be met from High Needs Capital allocation.  The new school is proposed to open in September 2024.

We would welcome interest from multi academy trusts or interested parties with a track record of delivering the very highest standards of specialist education.

Effective schools with high quality teaching and leadership are key to achieving the Council’s ambitious vision for the City and the trajectory of improvement across our family of schools is a positive one.  This is an opportunity to become part of Manchester's family of schools and develop a new school located in the north of the City.

How to apply

All interested providers should:

Download and review the school specification and model criteria for proposers.

Before downloading and completing the application form.

All applications should be sent to with annexes attached if appropriate and received by 5:00pm on Wednesday 14 June 2023.

The outcome from the Council’s assessment will be sent to the DfE Regional Director for North West on 26 June 2023 who will make the decision (on behalf of the Secretary of State) on the school’s sponsor.

If you have any questions regarding the proposal or the process, then please do not hesitate to email

More information can be found in the Executive report.

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