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The Joseph Clarke School Trust

21st March 2020: It is with deep sadness that the Trust has to announce that Peter Jeffrey has passed away after battling against a long term illness. Peter was a Trustee for 19 years and a valued member of the Trust's Committee. Our heartfelt  condolences go to his wife, Beryl, and the rest of his family.

The Joseph Clarke School Trust is a Registered Charity that was founded in 1990 and supports Joseph Clarke School.

  • The Trust's patron is Princess Michael of Kent.
  • The Charity registration number is 1000964.

The Charity’s Committee works very closely with the Head Teacher and Deputy, who attend the Trust meetings and act in an advisory capacity. Together, we seek to provide much needed equipment, resources and activities, which enrich pupils' lives and education.

Princess Michael of Kent at Joseph Clarke School
HRH Princess Michael of Kent at Joseph Clarke School's Centenary celebrations

What we do

The Trust had a successful Financial Year from 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020 and were able 
to help Fund:

  • Purchase of Specially adapted Bicycles
  •  Purchase additional Braille Notetakers
  •  Completion of the Gardens
  •  3 day Trip to Arundel courtesy of the Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation in April 2019
  •  Christmas Party

The Trust's Income came from their Fundraising Events, such as a Golf Day, ‘Owl’ Walk and Quiz Night that raised nearly £8,000, a Grant from D M Thomas Foundation for Young People and a Donation from the Chingford Rotary Club.

Due to Covid-19 the Trust had to cancel all Fundraising events, etc from 31st March 2020 to 31st December 2020 so will be facing some challenging times in the near future. However,  the Trust has started planning for 2021 and beyond. Fortunately, in May 2020 the Trust received  a generous donation of £5,000 from The Jaspar Foundation, who will be the Trust’s Main Sponsor  for next year’s Golf Day.

The School took delivery of a brand new Minibus in November that was jointly funded by the Joseph 
Clarke School Trust and the Lord's Taverners. The official handover will take as soon as the Covid-19 situation permits.

At the end of November the Trust received just over £6,000 from the Co-op Local Community 
Fund to purchase another Braille Notetaker.

The Trust’s and School’s Aims and Activities from 1st January 2021 to 31st March 2022 are as 

  • January 2021/March 2022 – Help to fund the purchase of additional Braille Notetakers
  • March/April 2021 – Re-arrange the performance of 'The Extraordinary Adventures of You and Me’
  • April/May 2021 - Help to fund a School Trip to Arundel courtesy of The Arundel Castle Cricket 
  • Foundation
  • May/June 2021 – Help to fund a School Trip to the Nancy Oldfield Centre on the Norfolk Broads
  • June 2021 – Hold a Cricket Match at Buckhurst Hill CC
  • Thursday July 15th 2021 - Hold a Golf Day at West Essex Golf
  • July/August 2021 – Arrange a Sponsored Sky Dive by one of the Trust’s supporters, Chris Cawthorne
  • of Colchester Trophies
  • September 2021 – Arrange the Owl Walk through Epping Forest
  • October/November 2021 – Hold a Quiz Night at Buckhurst Hill CC


Huge thanks to all the individuals and companies who have generously donated in the past.
See our donor list at the bottom of this page.


Raise funds while you shop online

If you would like to raise funds for the Trust,  you can while you shop online through Easyfundraising.  It costs you nothing - online retailers simply give us a small donation whenever you shop with them. You can find out more information at

For further information on The Joseph Clarke School Trust please contact the Chairman, Mr F.J. Smith, or the Treasurer, Roy Hooper.


Frank Smith – Chairman

Deputy Head of Joseph Clarke School for 5 years, then Head for 20 years.
Chair of Look London until amalgamation with National Blind Children's Society.
Committee Member of ALD Life.
Now Retired 

Roy Hooper – Treasurer

First contact with Joseph Clarke School in 1985 when son attended school.
Joined Trust Committee in 2004 and became Treasurer in 2006
42 years Commercial experience in Advertising, Marketing & Publishing.

Patricia Theron

Teacher at Hawkswood School for Deaf for 28 years.
Head of Nursery Department.
Early Years co -ordinator.
Acting Head Teacher.
Retired 2002

Michael Lewis

Joined the Trust in Autumn 2005
Waltham Forest Councillor from 1974 to 2014
Mayor of Waltham Forest 2004-2005
Engineering Design Manager for a large  multi-national company until retirement in 2003

Janet Lewis

Joined the Trust in Autumn 2005
Past Governor of Joseph Clarke School and Vice-Chairman for two years.
Mayoress of Waltham Forest 2004 -5
Trustee of the Walthamstow Almshouses and General Charity for 27 years, Vice-chairperson for 17 years until retiring in 2006

John Chipperfield

Joined the Trust in August 2014
Over 40 years experience in the Property Field
Partner of Estate Agents/Property Management Company from 1984 to 2002 
Sales Consultant for McCarthy & Stone 2003 until 2009, retired 2010.

Thank you to our kind donors over the years

Jul-14 Borno Pharmacy Golf Day Sponsor  
Jul-14 Alfie Harper/Nuffield Health-Chingford Golf Day Sponsor £800
Jul-15 Waitrose of Woodford Golf Day Sponsor  
Jul-15 Borno Pharmacy Golf Day Sponsor  
May-16 Lady Taverners/Christine Walker-Hebborn  2 Braille Notetakers £8,000
May-16 QBE Braille Notetaker  £4,000
Jul-16 Borno Pharmacy Golf Day Sponsor  
Jun-17 Matchroom Sport Cricket Match Sponsor £1,000
Jul-17 Borno Pharmacy Golf Day Sponsor  
Jul-17 Waitrose of Woodford Golf Day Sponsor  
Apr-18 QBE Radio Station £10,000
May-18 Foyle Foundation 2 Braille Notetakers £8,800
Jul-18 Greater London Fund for the Blind Bicycles £2,748
Jul-18 D M Thomas Foundation for Young People Bicycles £1,560
Jul-18 Les Mills Fund for Children Bicycles £1,000
Jul-18 Borno Pharmacy Golf Day Sponsor £538
Oct-18 Grange Farm Centre Trust Gardens £4,000
Oct-18 Groundwork/Tesco "Bags of Help" Scheme Gardens £4,000
Oct-18 D M Thomas Foundation for Young People Braille Notetaker £2,350
Nov-18 Co-op Local Community Fund Braille Notetaker £6,031
Jun-19 Rotary Club - Chingford Bicycles £1,000
Jul-19 Borno Pharmacy Golf Day Sponsor £527
Jul-19 Waitrose of Woodford Golf Day Sponsor  
Jul-19 TaylorMade Golf Golf Day Sponsor £320
Jul-19 Louise Hooper, birthday fundraising    £122
Aug-19 Findon Cricket Club Charity Cricket Match £1,300
Nov-19 Coopers Coborn School Braille Notetaker £4,000
May-20 The Jaspar Foundation Golf Day Sponsor £5,000
Nov-20 Co-op Local Community Fund Braille Notetaker £5,597