Our school is named after Brian Clarke, an Oldhamer by birth, who retains strong contacts with Oldham and has family here. He is now an internationally renowned artist who works primarily in stained glass.
We are proud and excited that Brian has agreed to be the Patron for our school.
Brian’s fascination with light has inspired us; and his generosity, as a benefactor for our school, will inspire generations to come – as has the generosity of Thomas Henshaw, the founder of The Blue Coat School.
Our building includes a stained glass window created by Brian to celebrate learning and the multi-cultural character of the school, shining light into learning and out into the community.
The crest for the school has also been designed by Brian Clarke.
The crest is the spinning mill, the iconic symbol of Oldham. We are here because of the mills, which brought together people from across the British Isles and the wider world, to find work and build a future for themselves and their families. The mill symbolizes industry, working hard, working together, and is suffused in light.
Luceat Lux Vestra(Matthew 5:16)
Let your light shine
Our motto celebrates the light we all have within us, and the light we are all drawn to – the light which enables us to grow, thrive, understand and discern.
The Brian Clarke Church of England Academy is proud to be part of the Cranmer Education Trust
Cranmer Education Trust is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity. Company registration number: 07687709. Registered Office: Cranmer Education Trust, c/o Blue Coat School, Egerton Street, Oldham OL1 3SQ