Planning permission Granted – it’s full steam ahead!

We are pleased and excited to announce that we have been granted planning permission for our new school building!

The proposal was passed unanimously at an extraordinary meeting of the Council’s planning committee held yesterday.

As a reminder, our new school will be situated on an easily accessible, town centre site on Booth Street, formally occupied by a Sainsbury’s supermarket (now demolished).

In its place will rise a unique, high quality, light, airy and well-designed building, rich with colour, that will inspire the whole school community and lift aspirations.

It is our ambition that the building will include an original and unique stained-glass window, designed and produced by our patron Brian Clarke. This will celebrate our vision and values, shining light into our pupils’ learning and out into the community.

By providing an additional 240 places per year, which are open to and easily accessible for young people over a wide geographic area served by the current public transport network, we will provide parents with a new and exceptional choice of school in a high-achieving Trust which has a long-standing heritage of providing education in the town for over 180 years.

We are so pleased that planning permission for our new school has been granted. We will be working hard over the coming months to realise our vision and ambition for our building, making a unique and exceptional learning environment for our future students

The Headteacher designate for the school – Allison Ash

You can view the design and site plans and download a copy of the full architect “design and access statement” by visiting the Our Building page here.

And you will be able to attend an Open Event in September – make sure you sign up to receive more information. Click here to receive updates!


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 registered in England. Company registration number: 07687709. Registered Office: Cranmer Education Trust, c/o The Blue Coat School, Egerton Street, Oldham OL1 3SQ. The website address is and the phone number 0161 785 5082.