Meet our new Headteacher!

The Cranmer Education Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of the headteacher for our new school, The Brian Clarke Church of England Academy.

Allison Ash, who is an “Oldhamer” by birth and has lived in the borough all her working life, was most recently Deputy Headteacher at the Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ Blue Coat School in Oldham, also a Cranmer Education Trust school. She has two children, attends worship at her local church and also enjoys taking part in athletics.

Allison said of her appointment; “I am absolutely honoured to be appointed as the first Headteacher of The Brian Clarke Church of England Academy. Having worked within the Cranmer Education Trust for 17 years 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 Church of England Academy benefits from this legacy.

I am also committed to ensuring our school 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 fore of what we do.

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.”

Julie Hollis, CEO of the Cranmer Education Trust commented on Allison’s appointment by saying; “It was a really competitive selection process but Allison shone through and is without doubt the best person to bring our Trust’s vision for this school to life. She will bring the excellence and outstanding leadership she has shown at Blue Coat to Brian Clarke, and will help create a school that is aspirational, multi-cultural, multi-faith and multi-talented – a school community that is a true microcosm of the Borough as a whole”.

We will be unveiling our programme of open events shortly where prospective students and their parents can meet Mrs Ash and find out more about her vision for the school.


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