A new secondary school for Oldham

Date published: 10 November 2020

The name of the new secondary school for Oldham has been revealed.

The Brian Clarke Church of England Academy has launched its website, name and crest.

The school will be part of the Cranmer Education Trust, an education trust based at The Blue Coat School, Oldham.

It is planned to open in the academic year 2022-23. 

The new school is set to be an inclusive, co-educational, Church of England secondary school situated in the centre of Oldham, and will be for students of all faiths and denominations and those of none.

The new school is named after the Oldham born, world renowned architect and artist Brian Clarke, who retains strong contacts with Oldham and has family here.  

He is now an internationally renowned artist and architect who works primarily in stained glass. Brian designed the artwork that is at the centre of the school crest - the spinning mill, an iconic symbol of Oldham.

The mill symbolises industry, working hard, working together, and is suffused in light. 

By providing an additional 240 places per year, which are open to and accessible for young people over a wide area through the public transport network, The Brian Clarke Church of England Academy will provide parents with a new and different choice of a school in the borough.

CEO of the Cranmer Education Trust Julie Hollis said:

“The purpose of the Cranmer Education Trust is encapsulated in our mission statement: Ambition, Excellence, Community – our mission is to transform the life chances of children and young people through excellent education and outstanding schools and to nurture our pupils to become everything they can be and are meant to be.

"This is a mission we are passionate about, and we want more children in our area to take advantage of our vision. 

"The Brian Clarke Church of England Academy is being founded to help meet the need for more secondary school places in the borough and to provide another good school, like The Blue Coat School, to increase parental choice.”

You can find out much more about the new school by visiting www.brian-clarke.org and more about the Cranmer Education Trust at https://cranmereducationtrust.com/ 

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