I’m Allison Ash and I am absolutely honoured to be appointed as the first Headteacher of the Brian Clarke Church of England Academy. This is a new school for Oldham, providing an excellent education for your child and a school community that is a true microcosm of our town – aspirational, multi-cultural, multi-faith and multi-talented.
Having worked within the Cranmer Education Trust for 17 years and most recently as Deputy Headteacher at the Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ Blue Coat School in Oldham, I am extremely proud and privileged to have played a part in transforming the life chances of the young people and communities served and I am committed to building on these strong foundations to ensure the Brian Clarke Academy benefits from this legacy.
I am also committed to ensuring our Trust’s vision of luceat lux vestra – let your light shine (Matthew 5:16) – we celebrate the light within us all and the light we are all drawn to – the light which enables us to grow, thrive and understand – is at the forefront of what we do.
Our Trust’s values of Ambition, Excellence and Community for our young people and Oldham is also the focus at the Brian Clarke Church of England Academy – building a school that celebrates the diversity Oldham has to offer and maximises opportunities for all by demonstrating that the values we all cherish are what unites us to achieve.
There are no limits to realising potential and as Headteacher I promise to provide an aspirational curriculum for all, underpinned by excellent teaching and pastoral provision. Your child will leave us with the very best recognised qualifications, fully prepared for the next stage of their educational journey.
Most importantly, through high expectations, nurture and support your child will leave us as people we are proud to know, ready to take their place as a positive, lifelong contributor to the wider world.
Crucially, we will achieve this together – as a school community of pupils, parents and staff – united in our mission to ensure all children can become everything they are meant to be – to be able to live life in all its fullness (John 1010).
I look forward meeting as many of our community as I can and helping them learn more about The Brian Clarke Church of England Academy.
Allison Ash, Headteacher Designate – The Brian Clarke Church of England Academy
Our new school is an inclusive, co-educational, Church of England secondary school situated in the centre of the town of Oldham, founded to serve students of all faiths and denominations and those of none. We provide an excellent education to a student population that is aspirational, multi-cultural, multi-faith and multi-talented – a community that is a true microcosm of the Borough as a whole.
The Brian Clarke Church of England Academy is part of the Cranmer Education Trust, a schools’ trust based at The Blue Coat School, Oldham.
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 that I am passionate about, and I want more children in our local area to take advantage of our vision.
Our new school is 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.
By providing an additional 240 places per year, which are open to and easily accessible for young people over a wide area through the public transport network of business and Metro, The Brian Clarke Church of England Academy provides parents with a new and different choice of a school in a high-achieving trust which has served the town for over 180 years.
Mrs J Hollis
The Cranmer Education Trust
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