Who is Brian Clarke?

Oldham born world renowned architect and artist is our patron.

We are proud to announce that our new school is named for the Oldham born, world renowned architect and artist Brian Clarke, who retains strong contacts with Oldham and has family here.  He is now an internationally renowned artist and architect 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.

We plan for our building to include 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.

You can read more about Brian and see some of his amazing work on his website – http://www.brianclarke.co.uk/work 

Our Crest

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 symbolises industry, working hard, working together, and is suffused in light.

Our Motto

Luceat Lux Vestra
Let your light shine

(Matthew 5:16)

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.

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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