The Brian Clarke CE Academy to start life at The Blue Coat School!

We are pleased to announce that the Department for Education is applying for planning permission to site new, temporary accommodation on the site of The Blue Coat School to ensure The Brian Clarke CE Academy will open on schedule for Year 7 in September 2022. A move to our permanent home will then take place in the spring of 2023.

The accommodation will include all the necessary classrooms, science laboratories and IT infrastructure that will be required for the short stay on the Egerton Road site. The modular construction will be comprised of brand new, purpose-built units, often used by schools as a permanent solution but in this case will only be on site and in use for a short period of time.

The headteacher designate of The Brian Clarke CE Academy Alison Ash said:

“As a current Deputy Head at The Blue Coat School, it will be a real “home away from home” for me when we open here in September 2022! We have taken the upmost care in the planning of the temporary site to ensure that Brian Clarke CE Academy students get a brilliant start to their school lives.”

Julie Hollis, CEO of the Cranmer Education Trust, to which both The Blue Coat School and The Brian Clarke CE Academy belong, said;

“The Brian Clarke CE Academy will get the best possible start at The Blue Coat School site. The two schools will be separate entities, each with their own staff and facilities with students sharing just the restaurant at Blue Coat, with staggered dining times. We know that the parents, students and staff at Blue Coat will warmly welcome their new Cranmer Education Trust neighbours!”

The temporary solution is required due to delays in the original new school approval process brought about by the Covid19 pandemic and has the full support of Oldham Council leadership, ensuring that the borough has the much needed 240 new school places on time.

Prospective students and parents can join Mrs Ash on a virtual open event at 6.30pm on 15th July – just click here to find out how to book your place!


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