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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

We had a busy  2018 and 2019 activities to-date include:


  • Quiz Night on Friday 9th November 2018 at Buckhurst Hill Cricket Club raised just over £300
  • The Owl Charity Walk’ on Saturday 22nd September 2018 raised about £200
  • A charity cricket match on Sunday 10th June 2018 at Buckhurst Hill CC raised just over £500
  • A charity golf day on Thursday 19th July 2018 at West Essex Golf Club that raised nearly £5,000
  • Our Charity Golf Day on 18th July 2019 raised just under £6,000
  • Our fundraising event at Findon Cricket Club raised approx. £1,300
  • Owl Walk on 21st September 2019 raised nearly £400
  • Quiz Night at Buckhurst Hill CC on 1st November 2019 raised £503

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

We've recently help fund: 

  • The publishing of the poetry book 'A Blind Bit of Difference' written by the pupils
  • New minibus with space for a wheelchair and electric tailgate, which has been ordered via the Lord's Taverners for delivery in early 2020
  • Over 10 Braille Notetakers - high-tech digital replacements for traditional Brail machines. 

The Trust’s & School’s activities and projects for 2020 include:

  • Chris Cawthorne of Colchester Trophies will carry out a Sponsored Skydive
  • Charity Cricket Match to be played at Buckhurst Hill CC in June
  • Charity Golf Day to be held at West Essex Golf Club on 16th July
  • Owl Walk to be held in September
  • Quiz Night to be held in October/November at Buckhurst Hill CC
  • Fund a performance of 'The Extraordinary Adventures of You and Me by English Touring Opera Ltd
  • Grant Application made to the Co-op Community Fund to purchase an additional Braille Notetaker

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